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Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

November 12, 2018

Weight loss surgery has become an effective tool in treating obesity, especially in people who have not benefitted from diet and exercise. Along with reduced weight – about 30 percent on average – there is improved health for many who undergo this surgery: lowered blood pressure, reduced sleep apnea and even the reduction or complete disappearance of Type 2 diabetes.

But for about 10 percent of those undergoing bariatric surgery these health benefits – including actual weight loss – don’t happen.

Is there a way that science can predict in advance which weight loss surgery candidates will best benefit from the procedure – and those who may not? Research being done at Hartford HealthCare may provide a clue:

Dr. Pavlos Papasavas, Co-director, Bariatric Surgery, Hartford Hospital
Dr. Godfrey Pearlson, Director, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living.
Dr. Mark Alberts, Physician-in-chief, Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute

Interested in surgical weight loss? Learn more here