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Weight Management and Surgery

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Main Campus
1086 Franklin Street
Ground Floor, Good Samaritan Building
Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 539-8725
Fax: (814) 539-1670


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 weight loss 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.


Comprehensive Program

Conemaugh Health System healthcare professionals are trained to meet the needs of weight management and weight loss patients. Conemaugh's comprehensive Weight Management and Weight Loss program utilizing the standards set by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database. 


Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

  • May help reduce or 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, and stress urinary incontinence
  • Improves self image and quality of life
  • Enables patients to be more active
  • Saves money on medical expenses related to obesity
  • Increases life span 

Weight Management Team

Conemaugh Health System 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 weight loss surgery. Conemaugh Health System insurance coordinators 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.