Bariactric (Weight-Loss) Surgery

Aria Health Center for Gynecology & Women's Health


One in 25 American adults is morbidly obese - that is, roughly 100 pounds overweight or roughly 75 pounds overweight with other weight-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and/or breathing difficulties during sleep. Morbid obesity can have a very negative impact on your health. It is a significant cause of premature death and a major contributor to many other diseases and conditions, including stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer and infertility. obesity can also get in the way of everyday activities such as spending time with loved ones or even walking up the stairs.

For the vast majority of people with morbid obesity, diet and exercise simply don't lead to significant, or sustained, weight loss. Fortunately, for many people, bariatric (weight-loss) surgery provides a better alternative. In fact, medical data supports the idea that bariatric surgery is the only treatment for morbid obesity that is truly scientifically effective long-term for the majority of patients.

Ideal candidates for bariatric surgery have a body mass index (BMI is the measurement of weight in relation to height) of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35 or above with other weight-related medial conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, certain heart conditions, or a rare condition known as benign intracranial hypertension (Pseudotumor cerabri). All patients have an extensive evaluation by our multidisciplinary team to determine if bariatric surgery is the best course of action.


Procedures Our program offers minimally invasive procedures-including Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and sleeve gastrectomy-to help patients begin the journey to a healthier life.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Sleeve gastrectomy involves removing a portion of the stomach and creating a new smaller stomach in the shape of a "sleeve." The section removed is also responsible for making ghrelin, a hormone that signals hunger to the brain. With a smaller stomach and less ghrelin, patients' appetites are easily satisfied by smaller meals. On average, our sleeve gastrectomy patients lose 55 to 65 percent of their excess weight.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bybass The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass achieves weight loss through decreasing the amount of food the patient can eat as well as through a component of malsbsorption of nutrients. Vitamin supplementation is required after the operation.

Minimally Invasive Minimally invasive techniques revolutionized weight-loss surgery. Procedures done at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital are done with laparoscopy or robotic-assisted surgery, which means smaller incisions and less pain, allowing patients to get out of bed at night. This can help shorten the hospital stay.

Outstanding Results Jefferson Torresdale Hospital's Comprehensive Center For Weight-Loss Surgery has a safely and effectively treated numerous patients with outstanding outcomes and low complication rates. In addition to losing excess weight, many bariatric surgery patients: 

  • Find their other weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and breathing difficulties during sleep, resolved post-surgery
  • Return to their normal lives and are more active after surgery

Multidisciplinary Team Jefferson Torresdale Hospital's Comprehensive Center For Weight-Loss Surgery has a team of experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals offering patients the safest, most successful bariatric surgery experience possible. Our board-certified surgeon works with our referring physicians, program coordinator, registered dietitians and psychologist to fully understand patients' needs and ensure their receive the highest quality care before, during and after surgery.

Comprehensive Services The Center's bariatric professionals work closely with patients to monitor progress after surgery, helping patients achieve steady and healthful weight loss. Their also includes before and after surgery support groups, as well as psychological and nutritional counseling. Our program participants enjoy a free three-month Jefferson Torresdale Hospital Wellness Center membership.

Our monthly support group meetings provide the encouragement and information for pre-and post-operative weight loss patients and their families. Call 215-612-4666 for our group schedule.

Luca Giordano, MD, FACS
Director, Bariatric/Robotic/Minimally Invasive Surgery
Jefferson Health – Northeast

Dr. Giordano earned his medical degree at the University of Rome and completed a residency in General Surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He also completed a fellowship in Bariatric Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Giordano applies advanced robotic techniques when performing bariatric surgery, and treating abdominal conditions, including complex abdominal hernia with abdominal wall reconstructions. He routinely performs robotic and laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery, including colon resection for cancer and foregut procedures for acid reflux.
He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, a member of The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and several international surgical societies. Dr. Giordano is also an author of several surgical book chapters.