Center for Surgical Weight Loss | About

Weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, has helped many people to shed excess weight and regain a healthier life.

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Centers for Surgical Weight Loss at Hartford Hospital offers highly experienced surgeons, along with nurses, dietitians and other staff members who will support and guide you before, during, and after your surgery.

The Centers for Surgical Weight Loss at Hartford Hospital is a high quality comprehensive program, which began in August 2004 by Dr. Darren S. Tishler. The first minimally invasive procedure for weight loss was performed at Hartford Hospital in January 2005. Dr. Pavlos K. Papasavas joined the program in January, 2008, bringing with him significant surgical experience along with the same focus on safe and effective surgical treatment of weight loss that the program provides.

Our goal is to ensure the highest quality of care for each patient using a multidisciplinary team approach. The comprehensive program works with multiple resources and services across the hospital and healthcare system to provide individualized, patient-centered care. Family members and support persons are encouraged to participate at all phases of the program.

To provide the best care, our board certified surgeons are complemented by a program coordinator who supports patients through the continuum of care, nursing, psychology, nutrition, quality and research staff to provide specialized care to the bariatric population. An active Patient and Family Advisory Board provides ongoing feedback through the voice of the patient.

The Centers for Surgical Weight Loss at Hartford Hospital has supported nearly 3,000 patients in a lifelong partnership to improve their overall health and well-being.

A MBSAQIP Accredited – Comprehensive Center providing excellence in quality, safety, and long-term outcomes.

MBSAQIPThe Surgical Weight Loss Center at Hartford Hospital is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This is a joint program with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), which is designed to achieve national standards in patient safety and quality outcomes for bariatric surgery centers.

The MBSAQIP comprehensive accreditation is bestowed upon a program following a rigorous evaluation process that documents excellence in safe surgical care and quality outcomes, with a focus on long-term results. The MBSAQIP award comes from the largest organization of bariatric surgeons in the world. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement.

Surgical Weight Loss Procedures Performed

Orbera® Intragastric Balloon

There is a new option in weight loss surgery- the Orbera® intragastric balloon. The intragastric balloon is designed to be inserted into the stomach and inflated to a volume which will restrict the amount you can eat and reduce hunger.


The LAP-BAND® is a device that is surgically applied to the upper part of the stomach in order to restrict the amount of food entering the stomach. Using a minimally invasive approach, five (5) small incisions are made to allow for surgical instruments to be introduced into the abdominal cavity.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The operation creates a very small upper stomach pouch (less than one ounce) by transecting (dividing) the stomach.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass—and is about the size of a banana.

Laparoscopic, Open & Revisional Bariatric Surgery

A laparoscope, or surgical telescope, is inserted through one of these incisions so that the entire surgical team can see the internal organs displayed on a color TV monitor. Because the incisions are much smaller, patients are able to return to work and normal activities much more quickly than after open surgery.

vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy

This innovative, new weight loss therapy relies on a pacemaker-type device that blocks hunger signals between the brain and stomach, allowing you to feel fuller longer and reducing the amount of food you want to eat.

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