Penn Medicine offers international patients the latest surgical procedures as tools to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Penn Medicine has one of the most comprehensive and respected bariatric (weight loss) surgery programs in the U.S. We offer the full range of weight loss surgery procedures, including adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.
Penn Medicine is a leader in minimally-invasive robotic techniques and revisional surgery.
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery has designated the bariatric surgery program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania a "Center of Excellence." This designation recognizes programs with a demonstrated record of favorable outcomes. To earn the Center of Excellence designation, a hospital must perform a high number of bariatric surgeries per year. Hospitals must also report long-term patient outcomes, have an on-site inspection to verify all data, and maintain a dedicated, multidisciplinary bariatric team.
The Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program is also designated as a MBSAQIP Accredited Center- Comprehensive, which means we meet all the standards of rigorous regulations set by MBSAQIP. Our program offers complete care for morbidly obese people before and after weight loss surgery.
Bariatric Treatment Options
Our nationally recognized bariatric surgeons perform various treatment options for weight loss surgery. We work with you to determine which of the procedures best meets your needs in a culturally-sensitive environment.
- Adjustable gastric band is a surgical procedure where a band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, forming a small pouch with a narrow opening to the lower stomach. The band causes food to be retained in the upper pouch for a longer period of time causing you to eat less.
- Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical procedure where a surgeon reduces the size of your stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat to help you lose weight.
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is a procedure where a surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch and attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This causes food to bypass most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. The amount of food you can eat will be very small and weight loss mostly occurs because portion sizes are limited.
Post-Surgery Care for International Bariatric Patients
Lifelong follow-up care is required after bariatric surgery. At your request, Penn Global Medicine will provide a detailed report of your treatment to your physician back home. Usual follow-up visits are at six months, one year and annually after surgery. At these visits, you should meet with a nurse practitioner or a surgeon and a dietitian. The goal of these visits is to help you stay on track with your weight loss and prevent weight regain, nutrition deficiencies or late complications from surgery.
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