As a Bariatric Surgery Center, the Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery Program at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is accredited as a comprehensive center with adolescent qualifications by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This accreditation recognizes the program for meeting rigorous standards of quality that evaluate patient outcomes, the volume of surgeries performed each year, and the continued support patients receive after surgery. The program specializes in the treatment of obesity and abdominal problems in men and women.
For individuals who choose not to undergo surgery, or for those who are not eligible, we offer non-surgical medical weight loss options. Treatment is tailored to your needs and supervised by medical experts who are trained in providing care for patients who are overweight and/or with obesity.
Our staff will provide the tools needed to help you move forward by providing a comprehensive program of the most current medical treatments available, nutritional education, healthy lifestyle coaching and support.
To help patients of any age achieve desired weight loss (averaging 7-10% of their total body weight) through nutrition and lifestyle counseling, using weight loss medicine as an adjunct to increase weight loss.
To offer patients 18 to 70+ years of age weight loss (more than 5% of total body weight) through meal replacements, lifestyle changes, and education modules under a medically monitored program.
If down the road bariatric surgery becomes an option, you’ll have access to UPMC’s highly trained staff of physicians, advanced practiced providers and registered dietitians.
These non-surgical options offer weight loss (averaging 10-15% of total body weight) through endoscopic procedures. These procedures provide a less invasive and lower risk option than bariatric surgery.
The intragastric balloon system is designed to assist adult patients in losing and maintaining weight. Your bariatric surgeon will insert the balloon through your mouth and down your esophagus into your stomach. Once placed, the balloon is filled with saline until roughly the size of a small melon. The procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes and you typically go home the same day. The balloon helps you lose weight by reinforcing portion control and keeping you feeling full after meals. After six months, the balloon is removed.
The program includes balloon insertion and removal as well as a 12-month extensive lifestyle program, which begins at the time the balloon is inserted.
Provides weight loss by restricting the amount of food consumed (mimics surgical sleeve gastrectomy)
This procedure involves endoscopic suture placement along the greater curvature of the stomach, decreasing stomach volume by approximately 60-70%.
All endobariatric procedure services include a comprehensive approach by a multidisciplinary team. The team addresses nutritional, educational, psychological, and motivational aspects of weight management over a 12-month program. These endobariatric procedures are not covered by insurance.
If you think you might be a candidate for bariatric services, you may register for an information session by calling 412-641-3632 or 1-800-533-8762.
Read our patient weight loss stories and learn how the different types surgical and non-surgical medical weight loss procedures changed the lives of these UPMC patients.
Bariatric services support groups are open to all patients and family members pursuing bariatric services, or who have already had a bariatric, gastric bypass or adjustable gastric band procedure. Support groups take place the second Wednesday of the month.
Reservations are not required. For additional information, please call 412-641-3632 or consult the current Bariatric Support Groups schedule.
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Dr. Anita Courcoulas discusses weight loss options on WPXI Community Matters.
Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH, FACS, chief of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery at UPMC, discusses surgical options for weight loss, the health benefits of weight loss surgery, factors that make a person a likely surgical candidate, and weight loss expectations.