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Are You a Good Candidate For Bariatric Care in Westmoreland County?

  • Body mass index (BMI) over 40.
  • BMI over 35 with severe negative health effects such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea or high cholesterol.
  • Understands surgery and risks.
  • Understands surgical options and effects of treatment.
  • No endocrine or metabolic disease causing obesity.
  • No drug or alcohol problems.
  • No uncontrolled psychological problems.

Step One: Community Educational Seminar

  • View our online seminar by clicking on the "Online Seminar Registration" button at right or attend a community meeting to learn more about the types of bariatric surgery and to meet the surgeon and bariatric surgery team
  • If you choose to attend a live seminar, register by calling 1-877-771-1234 or
  • View the seminar schedule, go to "Category" and select "Bariatric Surgery", and register online.
  • Download the medical history and insurance information form.
  • Complete the form and bring it with you to the seminar.

Our informational seminar is designed to teach you about the different bariatric procedures we offer, the surgeons that perform them and the lifestyle changes that come with surgery.

Step Two: Your First Appointment

  • Schedule your first visit. You will be contacted by the bariatric surgery team within 5 days of attending your seminar about making this appointment.
  • Meet with the surgeon, registered dietitian and surgery scheduler; the visit will last about 2 to 3 hours.
  • Receive a tentative surgery date.
  • Schedule testing and pre-op requirements. Make sure to bring your calendar!
  • PLEASE NOTE: Most insurance companies require that you complete 6 months of a medically supervised weight loss program. The Bariatric Surgery Center can provide this program for you. Once the program is completed and all of your testing is done, you will proceed to surgery.

Step Three: Pre-Operative Education

  • Occurs 2 to 4 weeks before surgery.
  • Review pre-operative diet routine.
  • What to expect immediately before, during and after surgery.
  • Information on the hospital stay.
  • Instructions for recovery at home.
  • Schedule the final pre-operative visit with the surgeon and a number of postoperative visits.

Step Four: Pre-Operative Appointment with the Surgeon

  • Occurs 2 weeks before surgery.
  • Complete consents for surgery; answer questions or concerns.

Step Five: Recovery

  • Visits occur routinely for up to 5 years after surgery and may continue lifelong to ensure the best outcome.
  • Frequent visits for the first year after surgery.
  • Routine but less frequent visits after 1 year.
  • Monthly support groups.
  • Nurses, dietitian and exercise physiologist available to help as needed.


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