Bariatric Surgery - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Comprehensive Bariatric Program

If diet and exercise have not worked in the past, weight loss surgery may be an option. Bariatric surgery is the most effective tool to date for achieving significant long-term weight loss. Our Bariatric Surgery Program views the treatment of morbid obesity as a lifelong commitment that incorporates a change in diet, exercise and permanent lifestyle changes.

You’ll find weight loss surgery options at hospitals and clinics all over Eastern Pennsylvania, but choosing the right program will be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. When you trust Crozer-Keystone with your weight loss and lifelong health, our friendly and experienced staff will be with you every step of the way.

At the Crozer-Keystone Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program, we believe reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong commitment. But, surgery is just one part of Crozer-Keystone’s Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program. We’ll give you the tools and teach you how to use them – but your success depends on how you use those tools.

Bariatric Procedures

Gastric Bypass Surgery

In gastric bypass, the surgeon creates a small pouch using the upper part of the stomach, which limits the amount and rate in which a person may eat or drink.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

During a sleeve gastric sleeve surgery, a sleeve-shaped tube is created from a small portion of the stomach and the majority of the stomach is removed.

LAP-BAND and Sleeve Revision Surgery

A revision surgery involves converting the patient from a band to either a gastric bypass or a sleeve, or converting the patient from a sleeve to a bypass.

Intragastric Balloon

The ORBERA™ intragastric balloon is a non-surgical procedure, which means that it does not involve any incisions, stitches or scarring. It’s also reversible and non-permanent, unlike a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.

Register for a Bariatric Seminar

The Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program offers free bariatric surgery educational seminars where all of the available surgical options are explained in detail, including how our program works, the procedures we perform and what processes are involved when considering weight loss surgery.

The Bariatric Advantage

Weight loss surgery is a major surgical procedure that gives patients the opportunity for a better, healthier and longer life. Bariatric surgery can improve a patient’s overall quality of life by increasing mobility, enhancing self-image and raising self-esteem. The surgery may also improve medical conditions such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and arthritis which are often associated with obesity.

A gastric band or sleeve can help a severely obese person lose a significant amount of excess body weight by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten. A gastric bypass further reduces the absorption of calories, fat and certain nutrients from food.

  • After a Sleeve gastrectomy studies suggest that a person can anticipate losing about 65 percent of their excess weight and this usually occurs within the first year after surgery.
  • After gastric bypass surgery, studies suggest that a patient can anticipate losing up to 80 percent of excess body weight within two years of surgery, and can expect to keep off 70 percent of the excess weight at 10 years.

We’ve streamlined the preoperative process to help you reach your surgery date with as little fuss and drama as possible. After your surgery, we’ll give you the tools and teach you how to use them – but your success depends on you.

The Crozer-Keystone Advantage

MBSAQIP AccreditedWe know that struggling with weight loss is frustrating and confusing – and it can seem pretty lonely.

That’s why Crozer-Keystone emphasizes a comprehensive approach to bariatric surgery. In addition to the most advanced surgical procedures, our friendly and experienced staff provides individualized preoperative counseling and ongoing postoperative support.

And unlike like some weight loss programs, you’ll never feel like a customer. From your initial consultation to post-op support, we’ll answer all your questions, help you through the low points and celebrate your successes.

Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes a nationally-renowned surgeon who is also our director, a board-certified surgeon experienced in all aspects of weight-loss surgery and a program coordinator and registered dietician.

The Minimally Invasive Approach

Crozer-Keystone's bariatric surgeons specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery – a less invasive approach, using a small camera to view internal organs through small (1/4-1 inch) incisions.

Bariatric Diet Counseling

As a patient in Crozer-Keystone’s Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program, you’ll meet regularly with the experts on our Nutrition Services team – both pre-op and post-op – to ensure a successful surgery, a rapid recovery and an enduring healthy lifestyle.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

These monthly meetings are intended to help you recognize and change your emotional response to food. They also provide a source of understanding and encouragement from bariatric patients just like you.

Our Success Stories

Our patients share their success - and happiness - after making the decision to have bariatric surgery at Crozer-Keystone Health System. Listen to their compelling stories here.

Awards & Accreditations

At the Crozer-Keystone Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program, we’re proud of our success – and we have the awards and honors from prestigious organizations to back it up.

Register for a Bariatric Seminar

Your First Step on the Road to Healthy Weight Loss

The Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program offers free bariatric surgery educational seminars where all of the available surgical options are explained in detail, including how our program works, the procedures we perform and what processes are involved when considering weight loss surgery. Most importantly, these seminars help to answer the question: Is bariatric surgery right for you?