If you are looking to lose weight for good, turn to the Weight Loss Surgery and Wellness Center. We offer more services — and a higher level of experience — than any other weight loss program in Berks County. 

Life-changing services and support.

If you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise without success, it may be time to see a doctor who specializes in weight loss. 

We’ll help you decide whether to pursue medical or surgical weight loss based on several criteria. These criteria include your body mass index (BMI), how much weight you need to lose to be healthier, and whether you have any weight-related medical conditions such as diabetes or sleep apnea.

Surgical Weight Loss

The phrase “bariatric surgery” refers to several surgical procedures performed within the digestive tract. These procedures help you lose weight by reducing the amount of food you eat, sometimes rerouting the path of food through the body to reduce absorption, and reducing hunger usually associated with dieting. 

Our fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons offer several procedures:

  • Gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy). Your surgeon removes roughly 80 percent of your stomach, leaving only a small, banana-shaped “sleeve” intact. The remaining sleeve can only hold a small amount of food, making you feel satiated sooner. This surgery also reduces the hunger hormones in your body, making you less hungry even though your meals are small.
  • Gastric bypass surgery. This common bariatric procedure reduces the size of your stomach and reroutes the path of food through your body so food “bypasses” the first third of your small intestine after leaving the stomach. You will feel satiated with small meals and absorb fewer calories.
  • Duodenal switch surgery. This procedure combines the sleeve gastrectomy (removing most of the stomach) and intestinal bypass (reducing the absorption of calories in the small intestine). It is a more aggressive option that typically leads to greater weight loss and a lower risk of obesity recurrence, and is reserved for people with a BMI greater than 50. We offer both traditional duodenal switch and the newer approach called the “single anastomosis duodenal switch” (also referred to as the SIPS, SADI, or Loop DS procedure).
  • Bariatric revision surgery. In certain cases, we offer a second bariatric procedure (often referred to as revision surgery) for people who had complications or poor results following their first operation. Revision surgery may fix problems or may help you get back on track if you didn’t lose enough weight after your first surgery.

We use minimally invasive techniques for all these surgeries, which may cause less pain with fewer complications and a faster recovery.

Bariatric Surgery Eligibility

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you:

  • Have a BMI of 40 or more; or
  • Have a BMI of 35 or more with at least one weight-related medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea; and
  • Have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise without success

Nonsurgical Weight Loss

Our medical weight loss program is an ideal option for people who want to lose weight but are not interested in (or eligible for) bariatric surgery. 

Unlike commercial weight loss products and fad diets that promise a “quick fix,” our weight management services are supervised by a team of specialists, including obesity medicine doctors, registered dietitians, exercise specialists, and psychologists.

We specialize in:

  • Helping you understand all the behavioral and lifestyle choices that contribute to weight gain, so you achieve results that last
  • Creating customized diet and exercise plans
  • Providing prescription medicine you may need to supplement your diet and exercise plan
  • Offering professional guidance and support, including one-on-one counseling 

All of our medical weight loss patients also have access to our unique onsite amenities, including our teaching kitchen.

Nonsurgical Weight Loss Eligibility

You may be a candidate for our medical weight loss program if you:

  • Have a BMI of 30 or more; or
  • Have a BMI of 27 or more with at least one weight-related medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea; and
  • Have not been able to maintain weight loss on your own

Adolescent Weight Loss

If your child or teen is overweight and you are concerned about their physical or mental health, you’ve come to the right place. The Weight Loss Surgery and Wellness Center has expertise in helping kids safely lose weight and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Not only do we offer a medically supervised, nonsurgical weight loss program for children of all ages, but we can also perform surgery on a carefully selected, case-by-case basis starting at age 15.

Every child who comes through our program receives comprehensive, team-based care. We focus on meeting your child’s medical, nutritional, social, and emotional needs — and setting them up for better, lifelong health.

Nonsurgical Weight Loss Eligibility for Children

Your child or teen may be a candidate for our medical weight loss program if they have a BMI at or above the 85th percentile for their age and have not been able to lose weight on their own.

Bariatric Surgery Eligibility for Teens

Your child may meet the criteria for bariatric surgery if they:

  • Are 15 or older; and
  • Have a BMI that is at or above the 85th percentile for their age; and
  • Have not been able to lose weight on their own