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Penn State Health Surgical Weight Loss

The comprehensive surgical weight loss program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was started in 1979. The program continues to offer comprehensive weight management services including: nutritional counseling, medical evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, and weight loss surgery (sometimes called stomach stapling or bariatric surgery) for patients with clinically severe obesity.  More >>

"The Weight is Over" is just one of the video features on the Surgical Weight Loss video playlist above. Interviews with patients and team members provide more insight into what you can expect from your Penn State Hershey experience.
Patient Testimonials

“The best things that have happened to me since my surgery are the little things: being able to fit into chairs, not having to turn sideways to squeeze through certain places, not sweating all of the time, and being able to breathe normally when climbing a flight of stairs.”

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The Evolution of a Bariatric Patient

The Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss Program has been operating for more than 30 years. Throughout this time, we have seen thousands of patients become healthier versions of themselves. During the process, we not only see weight changes, but we often see changes in patients’ attitudes toward food, exercise, and themselves.

At a recent support group meeting, we did an exercise to get a more in-depth look at these attitude changes from three perspectives. We had contributions from pre-op patients, from those who were about one year post-op, and from those who were more than two years post-op. Some of the responses from the more than 50 support group attendees are shown in the tables below. Even though some of them are contradictory, they are honest and from the heart.

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