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 overweight and/or obese patients.
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.
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.
Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) may help achieve long-term weight loss, reduce or eliminate life-threatening weight-related illnesses, increase life span, and improve quality of life.
If you think you might be a candidate for bariatric services, the following education resources are available:
You may also register for a session by calling 412-641-3632 or 1-800-533-UPMC.
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.
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.