Why Surgery?

It is challenging to lose weight – and to keep it off, too. However, managing obesity is not just about what diet and exercise plan you follow. Obesity is a chronic disease and gaining control over it requires lifelong management. If you’re ready to learn about surgery, our experienced, compassionate team at Stamford Health will be a loyal partner in your weight-loss journey.

To determine whether surgery is the best option for you, our team will complete a thorough health intake. In addition to calculating your body mass index, questions will cover your history of obesity and related conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and if you’re ready to make lifelong changes to your lifestyle.

If you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, Stamford Health’s Surgical Weight-Loss Program offers a comprehensive approach by bringing together the exceptional medical expertise of leaders in obesity surgery for a personalized experience.

Your multidisciplinary team of specialists will include one of our highly skilled bariatric surgeons, a registered dietitian to help manage your nutritional needs, and on-staff psychologists and counselors for extra support.

Meet Our Bariatric Surgical Team

James A. Bonheur
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

(203) 327-4444

Jai  Prasad
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

(203) 327-4444

Surgical Weight-Loss Options Offered

We work with you to find the best surgery for your condition and lifestyle, answering any questions you or your family have throughout the process.


Typically for patients with more severe obesity and related conditions, this complicated surgery is a combination of a sleeve gastrectomy, or reshaping the stomach, and an intestinal bypass. It is particularly helpful for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.


In this minimally invasive technique, a balloon is inserted with an endoscope into your stomach for up to six months. The goal is to allow you to feel full without eating as much.


In this procedure, a silicone band is placed around your stomach. The band reduces the stomach’s capacity – retraining you to eat less. It is a reversible surgery.


Surgeons laparoscopically create a small pouch from the stomach and connect it directly to the small intestine. The effect leaves patients feeling full after very small portions, and, because of the changes, may improve diabetes symptoms.


After removing a large part of the stomach laparoscopically, surgeons reshape the organ to resemble a very thin banana. The smaller shape means patients feel full after eating less.


This simplified version of the duodenal switch procedure is ideal for patients who have already had a sleeve gastrectomy. It also helps stabilize blood sugar and improve diabetes symptoms.


While most bariatric procedures are highly successful, some do require a follow-up procedure of revisional surgery. Our team is highly experienced in working with those who have undergone weight-loss surgery in the past and have failed to lose weight, have developed symptoms such as acid reflux, or have experienced weight regain.

Your Journey To Surgical Weight Loss

Your team for bariatric surgery includes doctors, advisors, nurse navigators, dietitians, counselors, and more.

  • The first step is a conversation with our Bariatric Surgery Program Manager, who will explain the entire process to you. We also take a thorough health background and can coordinate any necessary referrals.
  • Our financial advisor helps with obtaining insurance approval. We can also assist in financing options, presenting the pros and cons of each offer.
  • Since many insurances require a list of items for surgery approval, our team will walk you through each step so you know and understand what to expect.
  • Our team schedules any testing or lab work you may need with medical specialists.
  • We also help coordinate appointments with nutritionists, psychologists, sleep experts, and more.

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If you’re interested in learning more about any of our weight-loss programs at Stamford Health, simply fill out this form and one of our staff members will be in touch.

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Health Benefits Of Weight-Loss Surgery

Over the years, bariatric surgery has become less invasive, safer, and more common. These surgeries have been studied to reduce the risk of premature death from obesity-related conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and more. Here are just a few more benefits to undergoing weight-loss surgery.

  • Acid reflux: Many studies have shown that gastric bypass surgery gives relief and control of issues with acid reflux.
  • Cancer: Weight-loss surgery has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of some common cancers.
  • Depression: After surgery and lifestyle changes, many patients experience a decrease in symptoms of depression.
  • Diabetes: As an effective treatment option for obesity-related diabetes, surgery will increase your sensitivity to insulin so you respond better to oral medication and reduce the need for injections.
  • Heart disease: Your post-surgery weight takes strain off of the heart, lowering your risk of heart failure and your cardiovascular risk.
  • Incontinence: When less weight is placed on the bladder, fewer incidents of incontinence may occur.
  • Osteoarthritis: For those with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, specific surgeries may not be an option for those with obesity. But, weight-loss surgery can help improve the condition and your pain.
  • Sleep apnea: Bariatric surgery is proven to reduce the effects of sleep apnea and, in some cases, cure it. However, you should still continue with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for about six months after your surgery. Within a year, your team will reassess your situation with you.



It’s not just the number that shows up on your bathroom scale that determines whether weight-loss surgery is right for you. We will review your body mass index (BMI) which takes into account not just your weight, but also your height to indicate body fat.


Bariatric Surgery FAQs

  • How do you know if someone is a suitable candidate for bariatric weight-loss surgery at Stamford Health?
    To determine eligibility, our Center For Weight Management At Stamford Health assesses various factors, including body mass index (BMI), obesity-related conditions, and overall health. Consult with our experts to explore your suitability for weight-loss surgery.
  • How does Stamford Health determine if surgery is the best option for you?
    Stamford Health conducts a comprehensive health intake, considering BMI, obesity-related conditions, and lifestyle factors. Our team will guide you through the process, ensuring that weight-loss surgery aligns with your health goals and needs.
  • How can you schedule a consultation for bariatric weight-loss surgery at Stamford Health?
    Begin your weight-loss journey by scheduling a consultation. Call us at 203.276.2370 or 203.919.5850 to set up an appointment. Our team will assist you through assessments, consultations, and preoperative evaluations, providing the information you need.
  • How long is the recovery period after weight-loss surgery, and what can you expect during that time?
    Recovery varies, but generally, patients can expect several weeks of adjustment. You’ll follow dietary restrictions, adopt lifestyle changes, and our team will guide you through potential challenges. Postoperative care ensures optimal results and a smooth recovery.
  • What support services are available for patients preparing for weight-loss surgery at Stamford Health?
    Preparing for weight-loss surgery involves mental and emotional readiness. Stamford Health provides support groups, counseling services, and educational resources to assist you in preparing for the journey. Explore our weight-loss support programs page for additional information.
  • What health benefits can you expect from bariatric weight-loss surgery, and how does it reduce the risk of obesity-related conditions?
    Bariatric surgery offers various health benefits, including relief from acid reflux, reduced cancer risk, improved depression symptoms, effective diabetes management, and lowered heart disease risk. Consult your doctor about the impact weight-loss surgery can have on your overall well-being.

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