Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery

Yale New Haven Health offers a comprehensive weight-loss program for the patient with morbid obesity — from pre-operative treatment to post-surgical strategies for maintaining health. Led by a dedicated team of experts in medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and surgery, our Bariatric Surgery Program is recognized for its safety, efficiency, sensitivity and expertise.

About Weight Loss Surgery

About one-third of adults in the United States are considered obese, according to the most recently available statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When overweight reaches the stage where it affects your health and causes or worsens certain health issues, it is considered "morbid" or disease-causing obesity. A ratio of weight to height called Body Mass Index BMI is generally used to classify the degree of overweight. An individual is considered to have morbid obesity at a BMI of 40 or at 35 if health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea are also present.

Obesity isn't simply a result of overeating. There are many contributing factors such as genetics, environmental, physiologic, metabolic and certain medications. Studies have demonstrated that dieting and exercise programs have a limited long-term success in individuals with morbid obesity.

Weight-loss surgery has been shown to be the most effective treatment of morbid obesity. Weight-loss surgery and healthy lifestyle changes can result in significant weight loss and health improvement.

Our physicians conduct free seminars throughout the year to give potential patients and their families information on the latest advances in weight-loss surgery, as well as the services provided at Yale New Haven Health. 

Available Procedures

We offers two different, minimally invasive (i.e. laparoscopic) bariatric operations. In addition, revisions of previous weight-loss surgery procedures are performed.  

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Accredited as a "Comprehensive Center" under MBSAQIP

The bariatric surgery program at Bridgeport Hospital has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) administered jointly by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This designation means that Bridgeport Hospital has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP Accreditation Program.

Clinical Team

Our bariatric surgery team is recognized for its expertise and innovation. Each surgeon is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive, bariatric surgery. In fact, our surgeons teach laparoscopic techniques to other physicians around the country. They are also well known for their research, uncovering new approaches to weight loss surgery that may benefit patients in the future.

Yale New Haven bariatric surgery physicians are recognized for their expertise and innovation. In fact, they have taught laparoscopic techniques to other surgeons around the country. In addition to being recognized for their surgical skill, our bariatric surgeons are also well known for their research, uncovering new approaches to weight loss surgery that may benefit patients in the future.