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:

  • Advanced expertise and the latest approaches, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted weight loss surgery, backed by a university-affiliated health system 
  • Counseling, support and education to keep the weight off long term
  • A team of specialists at your side, supporting you every step of the way

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

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

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.

Hershey Medical Center Surgical Weight Loss Program Recognitions:

  • 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.

Meet our Experts in Bariatric Surgery



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A closely cropped head and shoulders photo of Alixandra Moyer, smiling with her head tilted to the right.

“I have much more energy and can walk long distances without taking a break.”

Alixandra Moyer, Middletown, PA

Alixandra's journey

A closely cropped photo of Dennis Guzy, with his daughter standing next to him.

"I decided I was done letting weight rule my life. I wanted to wake up and feel alive."

Dennis Guzy, Harrisburg, PA

Dennis' journey

“I feel like this experience has changed my life dramatically, when it comes to my health. I'm able to be more active and learned healthier eating habits.”

Wilmon Giddens, Reading, PA

“ I am so thankful! I sleep better, no longer need to use a CPAP machine and can cross my arms and legs. Overall, I am just so grateful.

Dora Perez, Reading, PA

Support Groups

Penn State Health offers a free support group to people considering or awaiting weight loss surgery or those who’ve had surgery — and their friends and family. It offers information, support and encouragement for people as they get healthier and take control of their weight.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

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 Wednesday of each month virtually and at the Surgical Weight Loss program clinic, 3100 Schoolhouse Road in Middletown. All pre-op and post-op patients, friends and family are welcome.

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

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