Read our frequently asked questions about UPMC Bariatric Services at UPMC Altoona to learn more.
For support group information, call 814-889-7500 or email BariatricCoordinator@upmc.edu.
Severe or morbid obesity is when a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 40.
Or BMI is greater than 35 with the presence of one or more health issues such as:
BMI is your weight in pounds multiplied by 703. Then divide that number by your height in inches squared.
BMI = (weight in pounds x 703)/height in inches squared.
This is your current body weight minus your ideal body weight.
The first step is to contact our Bariatric Coordinator at the number provided.
You will need to check with your provider to see if your plan covers bariatric surgery. The number should be on the back of your insurance card.
You'll also need to meet the requirements for weight loss surgery.
People who have the most success are those who:
It varies with each person, but the average wait time is three to four months. This gives you time to finish the six-month pre-surgery lifestyle program.
We'll work with you during your wait to make sure you don't have any delays.
It depends on the type of bariatric surgery you have.
For minimally invasive Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery, you can expect to spend two to three days in the hospital. And it will take up to four weeks to fully heal.
These approaches — compared to open weight loss surgery — have faster recovery times with fewer constraints.
After surgery, it's vital to meet with your:
With post-op lifestyle changes and motivation, you can expect to lose between 60 and 85 percent of your excess body weight.
Each person's results will differ. There's no set number for how much you'll lose in the year or years after surgery. Some people burn fat and lose weight faster than others.
Results five to 10 years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass show most people don't regain more than 15 percent of their weight.