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Bariatric Program

About Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

If excess weight is affecting your daily life or your health, weight-loss surgery may help you finally achieve long-lasting results. The Temple Bariatric Program offers proven surgical weight-loss procedures, with a dedicated, multidisciplinary team to help you through every step of the way.

Depending on your procedure, weight-loss surgery may help you lose 40% to 70% of excess body weight over a period of 2 to 3 years. It all depends on your commitment to the plan you and your Temple weight-loss team design together.

Find out if you're a candidate for bariatric surgery

Improved Quality of Life with Weight-Loss Surgery

Maria lost 109 pounds after having a laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure through the Temple Bariatric Program in 2017. Her hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea have also resolved as a result of this weight loss. 

Weight-loss surgery often results in an overall increase in your quality of life. As you begin to lose weight, you may notice improvements in certain conditions:

Hear from others who have had weight-loss surgery >

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Temple offers a number of bariatric and metabolic surgery procedures that can often be done laparoscopically or robotically. This approach may result in faster recovery times and a decreased risk of complications. Those procedures are:

Our dedicated bariatric surgical units feature rooms and equipment designed especially for the unique needs of bariatric patients.

The Temple Bariatric Program is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

To find out if bariatric surgery is right for you, catch one of our upcoming free informational seminars via Facebook Live. Or, sign up to watch the online seminar whenever it's convenient for you.

A Program Focused on You

The Temple Bariatric Program focuses on overall lifestyle change, including bariatric and metabolic surgery. From the time you enter the program, and long after your surgery, you’ll learn how to modify your behaviors and adapt to a new way of living. Your dedicated, multidisciplinary support team will see you through every step of the way, with team members who help you plan and get over the hurdles.

In addition to the board-certified surgeons, nurse practitioners and surgical assistants, our comprehensive multidisciplinary program includes registered dietitians, psychologists, nurses, case managers and home caregivers who provide education, resources and encouragement.

Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Weight-loss surgery may be an option for you if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your BMI (body mass index) is over 40.
  • You have a BMI of 35 or more, plus two or more medical problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis or heart disease.

Check your BMI with our calculator:

Temple Health BMI Calculator

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Enter your height and weight above to
calculate your Body Mass Index.

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Your BMI category is:  


BMI categories are as follows:

Underweight = Less than 18
Healthy weight = 18–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obese = 30–34.9
Severely obese = 35–39.9
Morbidly obese = 40 and over

Support Classes

In the weeks and months leading up to your procedure, and long after you have healed from surgery, you have access to a network of support. Find a bariatric surgery support group at Temple University Hospital or Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus.