Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

For more information about our bariatric surgery program or for a list of upcoming informational seminars, please call 860.585.3339.

The Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery Program at Bristol Hospital is a wellness program designed to help patients reach their weight-loss goals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Severe obesity is a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans. For the vast majority of severely obese people, diets and medications only help with temporary weight loss. Medical treatment of this chronic disease is difficult and often unsuccessful. Weight-loss surgery is not a quick fix. Rather, it is a journey requiring a serious commitment to changing your life.

Our Bariatric Surgery Team is committed to providing you with the education and tools to help you prepare for a successful and life-altering journey. We offer an integrative care program — not simply a surgical procedure. To help our patients achieve a complete lifestyle change, our program pulls together the skills from a spectrum of Bristol Hospital professionals, including:
  • Experienced fellowship-trained surgeons
  • Bariatric nurse caregivers
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Mental health providers

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For those who are candidates for weight-loss surgery, our fellowship-trained surgeon, Makram Gedeon, MD, performs several surgical options, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and LAP-BAND® procedures. Single-incision surgery for sleeve gastrectomy and LAP-BAND® procedures are available for select patients. Revisional procedures are also offered.

All of our surgeries are performed in Bristol Hospital's Perioperative Center, one of Connecticut's newest and most sophisticated surgical centers. Spacious rooms provide patients with comfort and privacy during procedures. Patients enjoy the continuity of care and comfort associated with having patient registration, admitting, procedure rooms and a recovery area in one beautifully decorated environment. The relationship between our surgeons and clinical staff fosters a true team approach to every patient and provides an outstanding level of care.

For more information about our bariatric surgery program or for a list of upcoming informational seminars, please call 860.585.3339.


You are a candidate for weight-loss surgery if you:

  • Are 100 pounds or more above your ideal weight or have a BMI of 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of at least 30 and are diagnosed with at least one or more serious obesity-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea
  • Have no severe medical, psychological or emotional conditions that would render surgery too risky
  • Have no dependence on drugs or alcohol, or have been sober for a year
  • Have tried and failed at previous efforts to lose weight
  • Understand the seriousness of the surgery and the necessity for a lifelong personal commitment to a healthier diet and lifestyle
  • Have obesity-related physical problems that interfere with employment, walking or family function

Informational Seminars

The decision to undergo weight-loss surgery is an important one. Our informational seminars are a great way to learn more about the procedures available at Bristol Hospital, and have your questions answered by a bariatric surgeon. To be considered for weight-loss surgery, you must attend an informational seminar. For the dates and times of upcoming seminars, please visit our online community event calendar or call 860.585.3339.

2014 Informational Seminars

Thursday, March 20, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, April 17, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, May 15, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, June 19, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, July 17, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, August 21, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, September 18, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, October 16, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, November 20, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium
Thursday, December 18, 6-8pm- Hughes Auditorium 

Your Next Step

Attending a group information session is the first step on your weight-loss surgery journey. The next step is to schedule an appointment with our bariatric program coordinator, Kerry Roy, RN, BSN. You will need to complete a number of forms that you will need to bring with you to your first appointment. If your paperwork is not completed by your first meeting, your appointment will have to be rescheduled.

Required Forms

Professional Nutrition Counseling

A registered dietitian will review your medical history, current eating habits and personal wellness goals, and then develop an individualized nutrition plan. Our goal is to help you make gradual, long-term changes in your eating habits and lifestyle, providing encouraging support and advice along the way.

Support Groups

We hold free monthly support group meetings that provide an opportunity for patients to share stories, tips and other insights throughout their journey. Support groups are a great way to meet new people and maintain a connection with old friends. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please call Tammy at 860.585.3339 for more information or to register for this free group.  

2014 January-June Support Group Meeting Times:

Pre Op meets 5:30 - 6:15 pm
Post Op meets 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 25, Hughes Auditorium
Pre Op topic: Pouch Rules
Post Op topic: How We Judge Others/Ourselves
Tuesday, March 25, (special time 5:30 - 7 pm) Hughes Auditorium
Pre Op & Post Op (Combined group): Basics of Cooking
Tuesday, April 22, Hughes Auditorium
Pre Op topic: Food Choices: Eat This Not That
Post Op topic: Fitting In
Tuesday, May 27, Hughes Auditorium 
Pre Op topic: Open Forum
Post Op topic: Open Forum
Tuesday, June 24, Hughes Auditorium
Pre Op topic: Exercise: Pre Op Conditioning
Post Op topic: Making Fitness fun

Your Path to Wellness

The Bristol Hospital Wellness Center is a medically based center designed to help people of all ages and levels of fitness achieve their health and wellness goals comfortably and safely. Our on-site clinical staff includes certified dietitians and physical therapists who offer a highly personalized approach to health and wellness.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance programs will cover the cost of surgery. However, it is your responsibility to confirm this with your insurance company prior to making the appointment. Please keep in mind that some insurance carriers may have specific exclusion criteria or requirements to be met before weight-loss surgery is covered. A request for insurance authorization for coverage of your surgery will be submitted after the initial evaluation to determine whether you are a surgical candidate. The date of surgery will be determined when you have completed all pre-surgical evaluations. You may pay for the surgery yourself if insurance coverage is not provided. Financial counselors are available to assist you and answer questions.

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