Managing your weight is one of the most important steps you can take for a healthier life. More than one-third of Americans are obese. Obesity leads to life-threatening conditions like heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and certain types of cancer.

Hartford HealthCare Medical & Surgical Weight Loss takes a uniquely holistic approach to medical and surgical weight loss. One that offers patients thorough care not just from physicians and surgeons, but also from a team of professionals looking out for your nutritional, physical and emotional well-being. All to help you gain the energy, self-confidence and control you need to manage your health and live the life you deserve. 

Medical Weight Loss

Surgery may not always be the right option for every patient. Hartford HealthCare Medical & Surgical Weight Loss offers medical weight-loss options tailored specifically for you. 

Medical Weight Management

Weight loss without surgery, combining nutrition, exercise and pharmacotherapy.

Weigh Your Options 

Internal medicine specialists, registered dietitians, nurses and clinical psychologists form the medical team that finds the best way for you to lose weight.


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.


Service Locations

Consultation locations for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss.


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Weight Management

Most people think that being at a healthy weight means being "thin." Actually, a healthy weight is a weight that lowers your risk for health problems. It's more about healthy living than what you weigh. In our topics, you'll find information on how to eat healthier, how to start an exercise program, and much more.


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Meet our Medical Weight Loss Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Ford, Peter A., APRN
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
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Umashanker, Devika, MD
833.861.5433
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Meriden
  • Southington
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Meet our Surgical Weight Loss Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Benbrahim, Aziz, MD, FACS, FASMBS
203.238.2691
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Meriden
  • 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
  • Hartford
  • 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
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
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Young, Ricardo, MD, FASMBS
860.425.8740
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Norwich