Weight Management Services

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Main Campus
Ground Floor, Good Samaritan Building
(814) 539-8725

When struggling with severe obesity, losing weight - and keeping it off - takes commitment and dedication. Conemaugh Health System offers a comprehensive, supportive program to assist with weight management. Surgical treatment, when combined with nutrition, exercise counseling, and behavior modification, offers hope to individuals who have tried repeatedly to lose excess weight. At Conemaugh Health System, a candidate for weight loss surgery is between 18 and 72 years of age.

Conemaugh Physician Group - Surgery offers bariatric surgery procedures including Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Gastric Band, and Gastric Sleeve. Bariatric surgery patients, on average, lose about one-third of their initial weight in approximately 12-18 months. Studies show that after 10-14 years, 50% of the excess weight loss is maintained. For this reason, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health state that metabolic and bariatric surgery may be the only treatment option that can produce long-term weight loss when other treatment options have failed.

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Comprehensive Program

Conemaugh Health System offers a comprehensive Weight Management program utilizing the standards set by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). We are an accredited center and our program includes admission and evaluation, diet progression, diagnostic imaging standards, laboratory standards, safe handling of the patient, perioperative care, wound management, wound care, and management of complications. Conemaugh Health System healthcare professionals are trained to meet the needs of our bariatric patients. 

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

  • May help eliminate health problems, including diabetes
  • Reduce risk and associated risks of asthma, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, high triglycerides and high cholesterol, Hypercholesterolemia, gallbladder disease, gout, heart disease, blood pressure, , hypertension, joint disease, metabolic syndrome, migraines, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pseudotumor cerebri, reflux disease, sleep apnea, stress urinary incontinence
  • Improves self image and quality of life
  • Enables patients to be more active
  • Save money on medical expenses related to obesity
  • Increase life span 

Weight Management Team

Conemaugh Health System Weight Management Services offers a skilled team of physicians, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, a physician assistant, and other health care professionals who provide care and support for weight loss patients and their families. 

  • Registered nurse program coordinator and other nursing professionals
  • Registered dietitian to help patients develop and maintain appropriate eating plans
  • Psychological services to help prepare patients for the lifetime changes that accompany surgery
  • Patient's primary care physician

Insurance Coverage

Many health insurance plans, including Medicare and most Medicaid plans, provide coverage for bariatric surgery. Conemaugh Health System offers insurance coordinators who offer financial counseling and insurance coverage information. Some out of pocket expenses include co-pays for physician office visits and tests needed to verify health status prior to surgery.