Medical Rounds with Dr. Darren Tishler

With the new year comes New Year's Resolutions and the most popular seems to be weight loss. Hartford Hospital was among the first in the northeast to perform “Orbera” - a procedure designed to help patients lose weight. The program also helps patients lead healthier lifestyles through "virtual telemedicine". Dr. Darren Tishler, Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Center at Hartford Hospital is one of the doctors performing Orbera.



Q. What is Obera?
A. The ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon System is a weight loss aid for adults suffering from obesity, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥30 and ≤40 kg/m2, who have tried other weight loss programs, such as following supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs, but who were unable to lose weight and keep it off.

Q. How does the procedure work?
A. Orbera is a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, the thin and deflated ORBERA™ balloon is placed into the stomach. It is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes so patients can generally go home the very same day. Once the balloon is in place, patients will receive diet and exercise coaching from a team of experts—which may include a dietitian, psychologist, and exercise physiologist—to help keep them motivated, provide advice, and help patients work through weight loss barriers to meet long-term weight loss goals. Coaching continues even after the balloon is removed at six months for a total of 12 months. At six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed. Through a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, it is deflated first then removed.

Q. How does Virtual Telemedicine for Nutritional and Lifestyle Coaching work?
A. We are very excited to now offer our patients this new platform. It allows our nutritionists to work closely with patients in the comfort of their own home. Rather than having to drive to an appointment, a nutritionist or life coach can work directly with the patient through mobile or tablet devices. These adjunctive treatments and technologies are allowing us to further expand the services offered at our comprehensive multidisciplinary weight management program throughout Hartford HealthCare.


For more information

Visit: https://hartfordhospital.org/services/surgical-weight-loss
Call: 1.855.HHC.HERE


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