The Penn State Health Approach to Surgical Weight Loss

For most people, losing weight is hard — particularly when you have a lot of weight to lose. If you need to lose 100 pounds or more and you haven’t been able to do it on your own, we can help.

The weight loss experts at Penn State Health offer comprehensive weight management services, from nutritional counseling to weight loss surgery — also called bariatric surgery. As an academic medical center, we offer advanced expertise and the latest approaches, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted weight loss surgery. Through counseling, support and education, we give you the tools to keep the weight off long-term. You have a team of specialists at your side, supporting you every step of the way.

Since 1979, we’ve helped hundreds of people reach and maintain their weight loss goals. We can help you, too.

Complete Care for Surgical Weight Loss

Losing weight and keeping it off takes more than willpower. It requires both changing your relationship with food, your diet, your habits and your lifestyle. Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool to help you take off weight and keep it off for good. It can also help improve conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, joint pain and more.

We offer comprehensive weight loss services, beginning with an initial evaluation to make sure surgery is the right choice for you. You get a personalized treatment plan designed to help you reach and maintain your goal weight. We use the least-invasive approaches to help you recover as quickly as possible.

You and your family will know what to expect at every stage of the weight loss process. Our expert team provides guidance, education and support before and after surgery to help you keep the weight off for good. You get personal attention and all the tools you need to eat better and take control of your weight.

Is weight loss surgery right for you? Watch this video to learn more about the surgical weight loss program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Support Groups

Adult and Pediatric Weight Management

If you’re looking to slim down or get back on track with eating right and exercising, these classes can help. Dietitians offer expert advice and...

If you’re looking to slim down or get back on track with eating right and exercising, these classes can help. Dietitians offer expert advice and guidance for people 14 and older. For more information, call 717-531-7260.

Band Together Strength Training Program

This free strength-training program for older adults is led by trained volunteers in churches and other community locations. In three, one-hour sessions a week, you...

This free strength-training program for older adults is led by trained volunteers in churches and other community locations. In three, one-hour sessions a week, you can get stronger, feel better, make new friends, maintain independence — and have fun doing it. For more information, email us.

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As a benefit to patients in the program and as a service to the community, the Penn State Surgical Weight Loss program hosts a monthly...

As a benefit to patients in the program and as a service to the community, the Penn State Surgical Weight Loss program hosts a monthly support group.

The group generally meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Surgical Weight Loss program clinic, 3100 Schoolhouse Road in Middletown. All pre-op and post-op patients, friends and family are welcome.

Registration and session dates

Please call 717-531-7260 to register and receive information on upcoming sessions.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Surgical Weight Loss

Losing weight is only part of the battle — keeping it off is essential. People from across central Pennsylvania count on our comprehensive weight loss program to lose weight for good.

Nationally Recognized Surgical Weight Loss Services

Penn State Health offers leading expertise in weight loss surgery and long-term weight management. We’re known for our coordinated, top-quality care and support to help people lose weight safely. Recognitions include:

  • Designation as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for bariatric surgery by Highmark Blue Shield
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accreditation as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications

Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

When you come here, you get personal attention and a weight loss plan designed just for you. Our team of surgeons, dietitians, nurses, psychologists, and weight loss and fitness educators work together to give you everything you need to lose weight.

We also work closely with your primary care doctor and specialists in cardiovascular health, plastic and reconstructive surgery and other medical providers to give you complete care. We draw from the wealth of expertise and experience of providers within Penn State Health. You work with a team that’s focused on your optimal health and well-being.

Surgical Weight Loss Research and Clinical Trials

Penn State Health conducts research to understand what contributes to weight gain and how obesity impacts health. These studies help us discover new ways to combat obesity and improve people’s health and well-being. We can offer new weight loss approaches you won’t find anywhere else nearby. Learn more about our clinical trials.

Related Services and Treatments

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Exercise guidance
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Pediatric weight management
  • Revisional surgery
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Weight loss education and support

Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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