Surgical Weight Loss

Through surgery, there is now hope of permanent weight loss that was once not possible.

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There is also a good possibility of improving or reversing diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, GERD, and others. The gift of a life not affected by the physical and emotional demands of obesity now becomes a reality.

We are committed to providing the best care possible to all our patients with the goal of achieving long-term weight loss and improving health. Our teams work with patients using a multi-disciplinary approach. We partner with patients and provide life-long follow-up, which enhances the procedure's success.



Are you a candidate for surgical weight loss? 

You're considered for surgical treatment based on your current health status, amount of additional weight, related health issues and other factors. All patients complete a thorough work-up before surgery to prepare them both physically and mentally and to assess their risk.

Each person’s work-up is individualized. It is best to meet with a bariatric surgeon to learn more about your risks and benefits of surgery. Good candidates for surgery need to demonstrate the following:

  • A good understanding of the risks and benefits of surgery and how his or her life may change after surgery.
  • Has an impaired quality of life due to obesity and has been unable to lose weight or keep weight off in the past.
  • Is able to participate in treatment and commit to long-term follow-up.  

Surgical weight loss may not be right for everyone.

Not every patient should undergo bariatric surgical procedures. Each patient is evaluated for their risks and benefits.

Some reasons to avoid a surgical procedure:

  • Active smoking. Your surgeon will ask you to quit smoking before surgery will be approved.
  • Patient is not prepared to make necessary lifestyle and/or behavior changes 
  • Active alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Serious psychiatric disability

Which procedure is right for you?

A number of procedures are available to treat severe obesity.

No single procedure is right for everyone. When you meet with our surgical weight loss team, we will help you determine which procedure is best for you.

To determine the best possible procedure for you, we take into consideration:

  • How overweight you are.
  • Where your weight is distributed.
  • Whether you have gastrointestinal reflux (GERD), previous abdominal surgeries and other health problems.

We also work with you to identify any lifestyle concerns that would make one procedure preferred over another.


What should I expect?

The goals of surgery for obesity are to lose weight and improve health-related problems.

Program highlights:

Comprehensive Team Approach

Patients work with a multidisciplinary team both before and after surgery. Our teams offer patient centered care and an individualized plan of care. This approach ensures the safest and most successful experience for every patient. Our teams include board-certified surgeons, advanced practitioners, program coordinators, patient navigators to assist with the work-up process, nursing staff, and highly experienced nutrition, behavioral health and exercise specialists.  

Quality of Life

The goals of bariatric surgery are to support weight loss and improve health and lifestyle. These procedures work with lifestyle changes in both diet and exercise. Success of the surgery -- weight loss and quality of life improvements -- is determined by each patient. Results vary and depend greatly on your motivation and long-term compliance.

Addressing Health Issues

Successful weight loss corrects or improves many weight related health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, reflux (GERD), sleep apnea and high cholesterol in many patients.  Weight loss can also help improve osteoarthritis and joint and back pain, fatty liver disease, asthma, polycystic ovaries and infertility. Many patients are able to reduce the amount of medications they take on a daily basis for their health conditions.


Surgical Weight Loss Procedures Performed

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This procedure, often called gastric bypass, was developed in 1967. The operation creates a small upper-stomach pouch (less than one ounce) that limits food eaten and makes you feel full and satisfied with only a small amount. Also, not all food is digested because part of the small intestine is bypassed. This decreases the amount of calories that are absorbed. This procedure is performed at Backus Hospital, Hartford Hospital and Midstate Medical Center.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten, yet makes you feel full and satisfied. The intestines are not bypassed in this procedure, which is performed at Backus Hospital, Hartford Hospital and Midstate Medical Center.

Adjustable Gastric Band

The adjustable gastric band (LAP-BAND®) is a device surgically applied to the upper part of the stomach to restrict the amount of food entering the stomach. A small port, placed under the skin in the abdomen, allows adjustment of the band's size. Frequent follow-up in the office is needed initially after this procedure. The placement procedure is performed at Hartford Hospital. Follow-up care for a patient with an adjustable gastric band can be provided at all Surgical Weight Loss programs.

Orbera® Intragastric Balloon

A new option in weight-loss surgery, the Orbera® intragastric balloon, is inserted into the stomach and inflated so that it will restrict the amount you can eat and reduce hunger. The balloon is placed for six months, then removed. Our team works with you for a year after the balloon is placed to support your weight loss, diet, and exercise. This procedure is performed at Hartford Hospital.

vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy

This newer, innovative weight-loss therapy relies on a pacemaker-type device that blocks hunger signals between the brain and stomach. You'll feel fuller longer and reduce the amount of food you want to eat. This procedure is performed at Hartford Hospital.

Revisional Surgery

You may be a candidate for a revision of your original bariatric surgery if you're having physical problems. Revisions are performed on a case-by-case basis after a thorough work-up. Failure to lose weight or weight regain does not always require a revision. Our teams are committed to working with patients to lose weight and improve their quality of life. We offer a comprehensive approach to long-term weight management. All our programs accept transfer patients, too. If you are from another program or new to the area, just call one of our offices to discuss a possible transfer in care. Revisional procedures are performed at Backus Hospital, Hartford Hospital and Midstate Medical Center.


Meet Our Bariatric Specialists

Name Specialties Location
Benbrahim, Aziz, MD, FACS, FASMBS
203.238.2691
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Meriden
  • Southington
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Brown, Catherine L., PA-C
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Glastonbury
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
  • South Windsor
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Garcia, Dawn Marie, APRN, CBN
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Glastonbury
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
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Hannoush, Edward J., MD
860.224.5161
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Farmington
  • Southington
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Papasavas, Pavlos K., MD, FACS, FASMBS
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
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Rice, Jenny Ann, PA-C
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Glastonbury
Thompson, Sara M., APRN, CBN
860.224.5161
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Meriden
  • Southington
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Tishler, Darren Scott, MD, FACS, FASMBS
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
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Young, Ricardo, MD, FASMBS
860.425.8740
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Norwich

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