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Process by which digested food is absorbed by the lower part of the small intestine into the bloodstream.


Surgical connection between two structures.


Bariatric surgery:

is surgery on the stomach and/or intestines to help the patient with extreme obesity lose weight.

Body Mass Index (BMI):

A measure of body weight relative to height. BMI can be used to determine if people are at a healthy weight, overweight or obese.



Clinically Severe Obesity:

Body Mass Index of 40 or more, which is roughly equivalent to 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight; a weight level that is life risking. Also known as Morbid Obesity.


Associated illness (i.e., arthritis, hypertension) disabling conditions associated with clinically severe obesity or obesity-related health conditions.


Large intestine beginning at the end of the small intestine and ending at the rectum.


Any symptom or circumstance indicating the inappropriateness of an otherwise advisable treatment (i.e., alcoholism; drug dependency; severe depression; sociopathic (antisocial) personality disorder).




What a person eats and drinks. Any type of eating plan.


Process of enlarging a passage or anastomosis.

Dumping Syndrome:

Uncomfortable feeling of nausea, lightheadedness, upset stomach, diarrhea, associated with ingestion of sweets, high-calorie liquids or dairy products.


First 12" of small intestine immediately below stomach. Bile and pancreatic fluids flow into the duodenum through ducts from liver and pancreas respectively.




Pertaining to stomach.



A weakness in the abdominal wall resulting in a detectable bulge.



Ten feet of small intestine; the part responsible for digestion.


Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System:

is an inflatable band that is placed around the upper stomach to create a small gastric pouch. This limits food consumption and creates an earlier feeling of fullness. The band is implanted by laparoscopic surgery and is then adjusted over time to meet individual patient needs. Once the band is in place, it is inflated with saline. Subsequent adjustments are made through a portal under the skin.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass:

Laparoscopy is a term given to a group of operations that are performed with the aid of a camera placed in the abdomen. The laparoscope allows physicians to perform minimally invasive surgery with just a small incision in the abdomen. This technology, known as laparoscopic assisted surgery, enables the minimally invasive removal of the colon, the kidney (for living donors in kidney transplants), and weight reducing procedures such as gastric bypass and vertical banding gastroplasty (VBG).


Method of visualizing and treating intra-abdominal problems with long fiber-optic instruments.


Ten feet of small intestine, responsible for absorption.



Difficulty in the digestion or absorption of nutrients from food substances.


All of the processes that occur in the body that turn the food you eat into energy your body can use.


Pertaining to disease, illness, increased risk of death .

Morbid Obesity:

Body Mass Index of 40 or more, which is roughly equivalent to 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight; a weight level that is life risking .
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News and events for May Lap Surgeon Attention Patients !

Please use email only for non urgent communication with the office and call the office at 814-877-6997 with any urgent message. 

News and events for May Lap Surgeon Monthly Support Group Meetings

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery And Weight Management Center holds a Preop Support Group Meeting for weight loss surgery every month on the 3rd Wednesday at 6 pm.

There is no fee to attend support group meetings and they are open to anyone interested in support for weight loss surgery. Support Group Meetings are held at Magee-Womens Hospital Lincoln Center on the UPMC Hamot Campus next to the Heart Institute, 118 E. 2nd Street, Erie, PA.

We also hold a monthly support group meeting designed to address the special needs and concerns of postop bariatric patients. The Postop Support Group Meeting is held at 5 pm before the main meeting at the same location.

For weather related cancellations, please visit this site for notifications. We will also post support group cancellations on TV and radio stations when possible or call the office at 814-877-6997.

The 2017 Support Group Agenda has been posted. See RESOURCE tab.

News and events for May Lap Surgeon Support Group Meetings Outside Erie, PA

There are bariatric surgery support group meetings held in the region outside Erie, PA. These meetings are not organized by UPMC Hamot and are run by volunteers. Our office frequently communicates with the group leaders but does not control or endorse the topics discussed in the meetings. If you have information about other meetings in the region or if you find any inaccuracies in the information provided here, please call our program coordinator, Valerie Snyder at


Bradford PA Support Group

Where: Bradford Area Public Library

67 W. Washington St. Bradford, PA

When: 2nd Monday of every month.


Contact Person: Jayme Covert

Tel. 814-512-3128


Warren PA Support Group

Where: Warren General Hospital

When: 3rd Monday of every month

 6-7 pm

Contact Person: Tonya Yaegle

Tel. 814-757-4706


Jamestown NY Support Group has been cancelled as of June 2017.

News and events for May Lap Surgeon Information Seminars

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management Center is offering FREE information seminars about weight loss surgery. 

During the session, you will hear from one of our surgeons, discover what you need to know to navigate the insurance maze, and learn about what kind of pre-op preparation and testing you will be required to have. 

To find out more, please call our office at (814) 877-6997 to reserve your spot at our next information session. 

News and events for May Lap Surgeon New Patient Seminars For Weight Loss Surgery Outside Erie, PA

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery Program is also offering information seminars in the region outside Erie, PA. The schedule for these seminars is subject to change. Please call the office at


for an up to date schedule.

We currently offer these seminars in Bradford, Warren and Meadville PA. 


Bradford PA New Patient Seminar for Weight Loss Surgery

Where: Bradford Library, 67 W. Washington St.

When: Schedule varies


Warren PA New Patient Seminar for Weight Loss Surgery

Where: Warren Library, 205 Market St. (Slater Room, 3rd floor)

When: Schedule varies


Meadville PA New Patient Seminar for Weight Loss Surgery

Where: Meadville Medical Center, 751 Liberty St. (Basement level, Conf. Room E)

When: Schedule varies/9-11:30am

News and events for May Lap Surgeon Medical Weight Loss Group Sessions

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery Center is now offering comprehensive weight management services in addition to weight loss surgery. This program is geared to help those who are not heavy enough to be candidates for weight loss surgery but still need to lose weight to improve their health. It is also for those who are candidates for weight loss surgery but do not feel comfortable with the thought of having surgery to lose weight.

We are offering a weekly group session to introduce the services offered. The sessions are held 

every other Monday at 1:45 pm


every other Thursday at 9:15 am

There is a $10 fee to attend these sessions.

For more information or to register for a session in our medical weight loss program please call our office at


For more details and support group meetings in surrounding areas,
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