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Alexandra

  • Age: 36 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: 10 5 2005
  • Height: 64 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 235 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 40
  • Current weight: 159 lbs
  • 04/22/08
  • Weight loss to date: 76 lbs


Beth

  • Age: 43 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: 03 22, 2006
  • Height: 64 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 237 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 40
  • Current weight: 142 lbs
  • 10/05/07
  • Weight loss to date: 95 lbs


Brenda

  • Age: 43 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: 08 22, 2005
  • Height: 65 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 243 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 40
  • Current weight: 144 lbs
  • 05/10/08
  • Weight loss to date: 99 lbs


Mary

  • Age: 51 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: 08 10, 2005
  • Height: 63 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 241 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 43
  • Current weight: 138 lbs
  • 05/06/08
  • Weight loss to date: 103 lbs


Christina

  • Age: 31 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: 06 04, 2003
  • Height: 66 inches

  • Pre surgery weight: 338 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 54
  • Current weight: 205 lbs
  • 05/11/07
  • Weight loss to date: 170 lbs


Laura

  • Age: 33 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: July 01, 2005
  • Height: 66 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 305 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 41
  • Current weight: 156 lbs
  • 08/26/08
  • Weight loss to date: 149 lbs


David

  • Age: 50 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: Dec. 30, 2005
  • Height: 77 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 353 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 44
  • Current weight: 238 lbs
  • 11/14/06
  • Weight loss to date: 115 lbs


Wilson

  • Age: 57 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: Aug. 11, 2005
  • Height: 63 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 226.5 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 40
  • Current weight: 139 lbs
  • 5/20/08
  • Weight loss to date: 87 lbs


Kellie

  • Age: 37 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: April 16, 2003
  • Height: 66 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 145 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 264 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 42.0
  • Current weight: 173.2 lbs 1/8/04
  • Weight loss to date: 91 lbs

...Kellie



Brenda

  • Age: 50 years
  • Procedure: Open RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: December 5, 2001
  • Height: 67 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 150 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 400 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 63.0
  • Current weight: 222.4 lbs 7/6/04
  • Weight loss to date: 178 lbs

...Brenda



Doug

  • Age: 35 years
  • Procedure: Open RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: September 5, 2001
  • Height: 76 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 186 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 546 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 66.0
  • Current weight: 256 lbs 3/10/04
  • Weight loss to date: 290 lbs

...Doug



Lisa

  • Age: 36 years
  • Procedure: Open RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: February 18, 2002
  • Height: 67 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 150 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 343 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 54.0
  • Current weight: 196.6 lbs 2/4/04
  • Weight loss to date: 138.4 lbs

I had my surgery on Feb.18, 2002, the day before my 34th birthday. I weighed nearly 350 pounds, an all time high, but I had been heavy since high school. My weight was starting to cause some serious problems, the most severe of which was sleep apnea. I felt I had tried everything and had lost and regained the same 40 pounds many times. At that point, needing to loose over 150 pounds, I felt hopeless. I had a good friend who had had gastric bypass surgery about 6 months prior and was losing weight rapidly and doing wonderful. When I learned that a Bariatric Surgeon was coming to Truman Medical Center, the hospital where I worked, I started to think seriously about having weight loss surgery. I read everything I could about the surgery and met with Dr. Ali learn more. I decided I needed to do something radical and that the possible benefits of weight loss surgery far outweighed the risks.

Having gastric bypass surgery was the best thing I've ever done for myself. My surgery and recovery went well. The hardest part for me after surgery was being faithful to drinking the protein shakes but I did it. I followed all of Dr. Ali's instructions as best I could, watched what I ate carefully and began an exercise program two weeks after surgery. I lost nearly 100 pounds and was off CPAP for my sleep apnea within 6 months. My cholesterol and blood sugars were within normal limits for the first time I could remember. I knew my life had definitely changed about six months after my surgery when I went with my church to Ecuador, South America. It was so wonderful to fit into an airplane seat and buckle the seat belt without an extender! I was able to walk for miles without pain or fatigue and kept up with the group with ease. It felt so wonderful!

Now, three years later my life has changed so dramatically. I've lost 160 pounds and my goal is to loose 25 more. I got married 15 months after the surgery and had a baby 14 months after that. My pregnancy was wonderful and without complications. I gained 26 pounds during the pregnancy and lost the weight less than two months after having my son. I also nursed my son without any problems.

I won't say having the surgery was easy. The first few months were very difficult, but I've never regretted my decision. Thank you Dr. Ali, you have changed my life in ways I never imagined were possible!...Lisa



Kym

I started out researching Gastric Bypass surgery the end of 2002 and by April, 2003, I felt I was prepared to jump in feet first. I had read article after article, chatted with others that had the surgery, joined forums, researched surgeons, co-morbidities associated with obesity, hospitals, diets, etc. I felt prepared. Despite all that, nothing could quite prepare me for the journey I was about to take.

I attended my first mandatory seminar April 8, 2003 and met for the first time with Dr. Ali on May 9. I had heard great things about him but since I can be a little skeptical at times, I needed to see for myself. I'll admit that my first impression was not the great admiration that I have for him to this day. He was kind and gentle and seemed full of knowledge, but when it came to a surgeon, I wanted the very best. (I now know that I indeed had the very best!). Dr. Ali has a very strict protocol to follow and be prepared to do just that… follow it. Attend the support group meetings, take the vitamins he suggests, start exercising, have your blood work checked, attend the support group meetings, if he says lose xx pounds before your surgery – then try your hardest, have your psych evaluation or a sleep apnea test (if needed) and have I mentioned? Attend the support group meetings. Take this surgery seriously, it is not a cakewalk and trust me when I say that Dr. Ali knows what is best for each individual.

The wait was grueling, but my big day came on November 13, 2003, a very exciting day for me. It was the beginning of the end. I guess to this day I am not sure what I expected after surgery but it certainly wasn't everything I went through. Before surgery, I was sure mine would be a success and I wouldn't have any problems. But after surgery, I struggled. I do not know of a better word to describe it. I struggled with my protein shakes, my vitamins, my food, weakness, and nausea…everything. But I was determined and knew all this would be short lived. At least I hoped.

As the months went by, I became more and more sick In and out of the hospital, numerous visits to the ER, EGD's (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy), feeding tube (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy tube), PICC line (Peripherally inserted central catheter), etc. I felt as if I was failing and the depression was setting in. I was not prepared for any of this, I don't think anyone would be and sadly enough, I was regretting ever having this surgery. Throughout these horrible months, I had 2 angels looking out after me, my Mom and Dr. Ali. It was during this time that my admiration for Dr. Ali began to skyrocket. He took unbelievable care of me in a professional manner. He did whatever necessary to get me through that awful transition. Competent, patient, knowledgeable, I have nothing but praise for Dr. Ali. He will work hard for you, however, you must be willing to work just as hard.

Do not mistake these complications with something that went wrong with my surgery. The surgery itself was a success, however, my body was not very accepting of having my insides rearranged. Everyone reacts differently to this surgery, you never know. I cannot stress enough, do not jump into this surgery thinking it is an easy way out. You must be determined and willing to work hard.

I am happy to say that I made it! I no longer struggle with complications. Dr. Ali used to assure me every week that it would some day end. And even though I put all my trust in him, it was at times hard to believe that I'd get through all of it. He was right. It does end, for some, sooner than others. I still work hard, this is a lifetime commitment to eating right, exercising and taking supplements. But is it worth it? Definitely! I no longer have regrets and am so grateful to Dr. Ali. In my mind, he has saved my life on many levels. To say it was a tough journey is putting it mildly. But now that I'm on the mend, and feeling better than ever in my life, it's easier to sweep the unpleasantry under the rug. I can now look at myself and I know that I truly am a success!....Kym



Diana

  • Age: 43 years
  • Procedure: Open RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: November 27, 2002
  • Height: 65 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 141 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 337 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 56
  • Current weight: 153 lbs 06/25/07
  • Current BMI: 25.3
  • Weight loss to date: 184 lbs

At the time of surgery I had reduced my weight from 349 to 340 pounds. I had already been through and failed at multiple diet/exercise programs as have many others in my same position I was looking at surgery as my last option which can put us in a rather desperate position. I made a deal with myself that I would take a year to research the surgical information so that I could make a more informed decision not based on desperation. So for an entire year I read any and all information I could find online, in medical journals, from the library, and from discussions with former gastric bypass patients. I also contacted my own insurance company to glean information from their viewpoint and much to my surprise found out that they would approve such surgeries because most post surgical patients had extremely reduced medical claims for the years following their surgeries because their overall health had improved exponentially.

After doing all the research I made my own call to Dr. Ali's office because my then primary care physician was against the surgeries. My former primary care physician has since changed her position on weight loss surgeries after several of her former patients have had such positive outcomes. My surgery itself went very well and as the months passed my former obese body started disappearing. After 16 months and a 2 week bought with the flu I reached my lowest weight of 145 pounds. When I recovered from the flu I returned to my previous flu weight of 153 pounds.

Since that timeframe my weight has remained roughly the same except when I ingest too much white food. The more pasta, rice, potatoes, or bread I eat the higher my weight and when I avoid these foods my lower weight returns. That is why Dr. Ali's staff puts so much emphasis on the fact that the surgery is a tool not the problem solver. We are given this tool to take the weight off, but it is still up to each and every one of us to work at keeping the weight off on a daily basis. These white comfort foods that had helped created my original obese body can do the same thing again so they are anything but comforting to me now. Even 4 years out from surgery, I've discovered that continuing the protein drinks are very important because the more protein I intake the more strength I have available to take on the world. I am so very thankful for the surgical skills that Dr. Ali possesses and for the caring staff that I encountered during my transformation because they have helped provide me with this amazing gift of having my life back again to enjoy.

Since my weight loss surgery I have enjoyed some fantastic adventures that I would not have had the opportunity to experience if I had remained obese and some of those adventures include: jumping out of a plane skydiving, parasailing, traveling down a harness zip-line through a jungle rainforest, snorkeling with stingrays, taking a helmet dive in coral reefs, learning to salsa dance, completing visits to all of our 50 states, seeing 5 Canadian providences, visiting 9 Mexico states and 5 Central American countries. Because of weight loss surgery I have my mobility back and can now travel this world as I had always hoped too. This surgical tool has been a blessing to my life and given me the opportunity to dream again and actually be able to work toward reaching those goals instead of simply existing and making it through another day.

Thank you Dr. Ali and your staff for helping me discover the thinner me inside. And thank you for continuing to check on my progress and answer the questions I have on my post-surgical journey. I ran across the following quote: "be good to your body otherwise where will you live" and now that it is what I live by. I wish continued success to all my fellow post-surgical and pre-surgical friends. Be thankful for the new you and treat those other obese folks out in the world with some tenderness because we were there once and know how depressing and difficult it was just getting up to face another day.... Dianakay



Vickie

  • Age: 33 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: August 03, 2003
  • Height: 63 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 132 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 253 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 45
  • Current weight: 134 lbs 09/21/04
  • Target Weight: 171 lbs
  • Weight loss to date: 119 lbs

I would do the surgery again in a heartbeat!" That is my response when people ask me about my experience with the gastric bypass surgery.

This surgery was a success for me in every way ...I've had no complications whatsoever. I eat what I should eat, stay away from things I shouldn't, and I exercise regularly. I take to heart what Dr. Ali and Kuda have taught me and I stick to it! Vitamins, Calcium, B-12 shots, Protein are all a regular part of my life now...it's just second nature for me.

I now have energy to do all the things I want to do and need to do in my life. I feel like I have my life back and I am happy to be living again. This tool is just what I needed to be thinner and healthier. I now have confidence in myself to overcome the hurdles in my life that I never thought I was strong enough to deal with before because my self-confidence was so low. I never dreamed this could be me...but, here I am living and loving life again!

I appreciate the support and care of Dr. Ali and his staff so much...for without them I couldn't have come through this so easily....Vickie



Shelly

  • Age: 37 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: March 22, 2004
  • Height: 66 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 145 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 266 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 42
  • Current weight: 166 lbs 10/06/05
  • Current BMI: 26.6
  • Weight loss to date: 100 lbs

You were a life saver by doing my surgery. I have had so many people tell me their surgery did not go well. Most everyone I have talked to say it is up to the surgeon to get the opening just right and you did. Looking back on it now it was not really bad at all and I would do it again. I was wearing size 22-24 and now I wear 12-14.

I hope everything is going well for you there and that you are happy. Wish you wouldn't have left Truman but life goes on....Shelly



Karen

  • Age: 46 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery date: August 25, 2003
  • Height: 65 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 141 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 286 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 47
  • Current weight: 170 lbs 12/25/04
  • Target Weight: 185 lbs
  • Weight loss to date: 116 lbs

Dr Ali, I am certain you have received many letters just like mine, but THANK YOU for giving me my life back. I researched for many, many months before making the final decision to have gastric bypass surgery. I am so thankful that I chose you to be my surgeon. I am also thankful that the process was not "rushed" as I have heard about others who did so, without much thought or preparation.

Once I had a surgery date scheduled I began changing my old habits. Reluctantly I began drinking protein shakes, exercising, drinking water, eating from a saucer instead of a plate and weaning myself from carbonated beverages (mostly coca cola). I had quit smoking 18 months prior to my surgery, so thankfully, that was not an issue for me. I am confident that this regimen allowed my surgery and recovery to go as smoothly as it did. I simply followed instructions/rules to a "T" and have had virtually no problems and have lost almost all the weight I wanted to lose. I am still about 20 lbs to goal and 16 months post-op, but honestly, if I never lost another pound I am totally thrilled with the results of this surgery. I have now lost well over 100 lbs.

The weight loss is not the whole story, however. I was severely Type II Diabetic, getting ready to be placed on insulin. I convinced my endocrinologist to wait until after the surgery before taking that drastic step. I have not taken any oral medications for the diabetes since two days before surgery. The first week following surgery, my sugar levels were running around 130. Prior to surgery they were averaging 350. But within a week to 10 days following surgery, they began stabilizing around 90! What a miracle! I also had severe obstructive sleep apnea. I slept with a C-PAP machine at night. After about a 75 lbs weight loss I began waking up and realized I had taken the mask off during the night. I stopped using the machine and my husband says I haven't "snored" or "stopped breathing" at all! Another miracle.

I have been faithful to have my B-12 shots and blood work regularly with my local doctor. My last blood work was near perfect. My cholesterol levels are well within normal limits. My protein levels are great and my thyroid is working better too! I prefer to climb stairs instead of an elevator. I get on the floor and play with my grandchildren. I can walk faster than my husband now. I can breath. I can swim. I am LIVING life rather than watching others enjoy life.

I know I'm not unique, but I truly am thankful for this wonderful tool that has allowed me to have my health improved and my life back! I enjoy running into people who haven't seen me in a while. Most do not recognize me, including my own mother who hadn't seen me for four months following surgery. She cried when she realized it was me.

I don't think in terms of size or weight, rather I think of how good I feel and how improved my health is now. Thank you again Dr. Ali. I truly do appreciate the good health and much improved quality of life that I now enjoy ....Karen



Mathew

  • Age: 46 years
  • Procedure: Lap RNY gastric bypass
  • Surgery date: March 19, 2008 
  • Height: 67 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 272 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 42 Kg/meter squared 
  • Current weight: 158 lbs as of 9/19/2010
  • Weight loss to date: 114 lbs
 Thank you, Dr. Ali for  giving me back my life.
 Before my surgery I had high blood pressure,  high cholesterol, sleep apnea and had to use a bi-pap machine at really  high pressures to help keep my air way open while sleeping, also to reduce  my sever snoring. After I had my weight loss surgery, my weight loss began  quite rapidly. And, after losing a lot of weight, all of the  above  conditions went away entirely!
"Having my surgery was the  best decision of my life". Prior to having my surgery, I couldn't do a lot  of things such as: walking with a group of people through the woods at my  son's school camp, I was always last and couldn't keep up with the  thinner adults. I got very winded and felt like I was going to pass out,  very embarrassing to say the least! Even climbing a flight of  stairs made me very winded and I would almost pass out. I couldn't keep up with my children at all. Any strenuous activities I could not do,  including going for a nice walk with my wife. Today, I am proud to say I  can do it all now. Keeping up with my children now is no problem at all.  In fact, I can out walk my wife now, which I couldn't before. I love  going for really long walks now. I have my life back. I'm so very  happy!
"I recommend Dr. Ali to  perform your surgery, should you decide to do so". He is a very  caring and compassionate surgeon who really cares about your well being.  Getting to a healthy weight has added years to my life span which I plan  on spending with my love ones.
 Thanks again, Dr. Ali.
Matthew.....



Michelle

My name Is Michelle and I used to weigh 387 pounds. When my Primary Care Physician first suggested Weight Loss Surgery to me I said “No Way” that is never going to happen, but six months later after yet another failed attempt to lose some weight through Weight Watchers I went back to my physician and asked whom he recommended. I told him I wanted to have the procedure done in Erie and he had heard that Dr. Amjad Ali was doing the procedure laparascopically at Hamot Hospital. So I called Hamot Bariatric Surgery Center and scheduled my first informational appointment. During this appointment is when I first learned about the availability of the Lap band. My husband also attended this meeting – we sat and listened to all the pros and cons of both surgeries. As I was not a big fan of needles I was leaning towards the gastric bypass procedure but my husband urged me to choose the lap band procedure as the risk of complications were so much lower and there was no cutting and stapling. So on August 27, 2007 Dr. Ali placed my lapband and my new life and journey had begun.

My WLS journey has been amazing. I have lost about 139 pounds in about 1 year and 2 months. At the time of my surgery I needed to use a cane to walk as I had crippling arthritis in my knees and hips – I am pain free now and no longer need the cane. My cholesterol is in a normal range and my blood pressure is coming down. I feel like I have found the fountain of youth, as I feel about 15 years younger. I have limitless energy, can ride a bicycle, walk, fit into restaurant booths, theater and airplane seats and no longer suffer the embarrassment of being grossly obese. Even though I am not at my weight loss goal I know if I follow the WLS guidelines I will be able to someday reach my goal. I am looking ahead to a brighter future, better self-esteem, and Size 12 blue jeans.

Having the Lap Band Surgery was the best thing I ever did for myself and for my family!



Trish

  • Age: 26 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic Adjustable Band
  • Surgery date: 12 01, 2005
  • Height: 74 inches
  • Pre surgery weight: 319 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 50
  • Current weight: 173 lbs 09/26/08
  • Weight loss to date: 145 lbs

The surgery I had performed was Lapband and it was performed on December 7th, 2005. I chose to have this procedure done because I was tired of being overweight and not having enough energy to be as active as I would have liked. I got tired, achy, and real winded just walking up a flight of stairs or running around. I couldn't keep up with people.

After having the Lapband Surgery I began my quest in following my specific diet regimen; and I began to exercise (more than I had ever done before.) Pretty soon my weight started to come off. It wasn't long until people started to not recognize me. I started to feel comfortable, relaxed, and confident in my new "skin". This is who I knew I should have been all along.

Everything was going great until approximately 2 years and 3 weeks of my original surgery date. That is when I began having complications. I began not feeling well, and I couldn't keep some food and liquid down; I also became achy, felt nauseated, and was just plain exhausted. I called Dr. Ali's office and they got me right in. Dr. Ali looked at x-rays I had taken; he could tell that the band had slipped. This problem was easily corrected by having another Lapband Surgery to fix the slippage. On January 4th, 2008 I went into surgery to have the Lapband replaced. I did well till 2011 when I developed another slippage of gastric band and had lapband removed and converted to gastric bypass in March 2011 by Dr Ali.

Since then everything has been running smoothly, a few 'bumps in the road' have occurred but my recovery progress is going strong. Today I am a more energetic, more active, and strong person. I have been through an amazing journey; which is getting better and continue to grow and flourish each and every day. I have all that to thank to Dr. Ali and his wonderful staff at Hamot Bariatric Surgery Center. They have alway's been there to help me before, during, and after my surgery. Their willingness and drive to please their patients and to perform their job duties is amazing! They are a great bunch of people and I am happy to call them my friends! Thanks So Much!

....Trish



Jackie

  • Age: 32 years
  • Procedure: Laparoscopic Adjustable Band
  • Surgery date: July 12, 2005
  • Height: 63 inches
  • Ideal Weight: 127 lbs
  • Pre surgery weight: 255 lbs
  • Pre surgery BMI: 45.2
  • Current weight: 150 lbs 6/26/7
  • Current BMI: 26.6
  • Weight loss to date: 105 lbs

The morning that I went into surgery, I weighed 255 lbs and was climbing fast. This was the highest weight that I had ever been at. This surgery has had a wonderful impact on both my health and also my life. By losing the weight, I have had more energy and can move about much easier. I finally feel like I am in control of my body and my life.

My only regret with this surgery, as many of the others have said, is that I did not do it sooner. I would not say that this surgery is a quick fix but a tool, a tool that really works.

I would like to thank Dr. Ali and his staff for the wonderful experience of being able to have my life back. A life that I'm in control of ...Jackie



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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

814-877-6954

Bradford PA Support Group

Where: Bradford Area Public Library

67 W. Washington St. Bradford, PA

When: 2nd Monday of every month.

5:30-6:30pm

Contact Person: Jayme Covert

Tel. 814-512-3128

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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

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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

814-877-6997

for an up to date schedule.

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

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Bradford PA New Patient Seminar for Weight Loss Surgery

Where: Bradford Library, 67 W. Washington St.

When: Schedule varies

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Warren PA New Patient Seminar for Weight Loss Surgery

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

When: Schedule varies

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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

and

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

814-877-6997


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