Weight Loss | Easton Hospital

Weight Loss

We are here to help you find what you need.
Established in 2003, Easton Hospital's Surgical Weight Loss Program has given more than 1,000 men and women throughout Greater Lehigh Valley a new lease on life.

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you are:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 65

  • Obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or above

  • Struggling with an obesity-related condition like hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea

  • Have tried or are currently trying to lose weight through other means such as diet, exercise and behavioral changes

  • Psychologically ready for weight loss surgery and willing to commit to a whole new lifestyle

  • Not drug or alcohol dependent

Weight surgery is not a quick fix, but it can be part of a comprehensive plan to help you find weight loss success, relieve problems caused or worsened by obesity and jumpstart a healthier, more active lifestyle.*

We specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, which typically require just a few small incisions. That includes the use of robotic-assisted technology, which may allow for enhanced surgical precision, vision and control. Compared to traditional open surgery, these procedures often offer a host of benefits, including:

  • Less pain

  • Less scarring

  • Less risk of infection

  • Fewer complications

  • Shorter hospital stay

  • Faster recovery

Procedures include:

  • Laparoscipic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Also called sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure removes approximately 80 percent of the stomach, leaving behind a thin, vertical "sleeve-like" tube. Gastric sleeve surgery permanently reduces the size of the stomach, limiting the amount of food you're able to eat and helping you feel fuller sooner. There is no rerouting of the small bowel, so any food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body.
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery: "Roux-en-Y" gastric bypass surgery has been around for more than 30 years and remains one of the most widely used procedures for patients seeking significant results. During this surgery, only a small part of the stomach is used to create a new thumb-size pouch. This smaller stomach is connected to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. The intestines are reconnected down-stream so that less nutrient absorption occurs.
  • Laparoscopic Revisional Surgery: This procedure corrects complications and failures in previous weight loss surgeries. Patients may require a revisional procedure for a variety of reasons, including: weight regain due to stretching of the stomach pouch; surgical complications; or device malfunction, such as band erosion. Revision surgery can help put you back on track to achieving your weight loss goals.

Our Team

  • Vinay Singhal, MD
    Bariatric Surgery
  • George Ibrahim, MD
    Bariatric Surgery
  • Artun Aksade, MD
    Bariatric Surgery
  • Allison Unger, MPH, R.D., LDN
    Bariatric Nutritionist
  • Ann Bogari
    Bariatric Insurance Specialist
  • Kathryn Sheller
    Exercise Physiologist


    Nationally Recognized Care Since 2007, Easton Hospital has been accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This means you don't have to travel far to find the highest, national standards of weight loss surgery and follow-up care.
    Weight Loss Strategies What does it mean to be overweight or obese? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of all American adult men and women are obese. Weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese.