Yale Bariatric/Gastrointestinal Surgery

We are a designated Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons. We offer comprehensive state-of-the-art care for those struggling with morbid or extreme obesity, as well as minimally invasive techniques for the repair of hernias and the removal of gallbladders and appendixes.

In caring for our patients, we harness the latest technologies, such as NOTES, a scarless surgery that is used for the removal of the gallbladder and appendix. The procedure involves passing surgical instruments and a tiny camera through a natural orifice, such as the stomach or the vagina, to perform surgery. By avoiding major incisions through the skin, muscle, and nerves of the abdomen, patients recover more quickly, experience less pain, and have no visible scars on their abdomen while the risk of postoperative complications such as wound infections and hernias is significantly reduced.

Our minimally invasive bariatric surgical procedures include:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, in a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Then, a Y-shaped section of small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.

  • LAP-Band® surgery in which the surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. The band limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food. 

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, a weight-loss surgery that involves removing about 85 percent of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach is stapled closed, creating a thin, vertical sleeve of stomach. The smaller-sized stomach holds less food, creating a feeling of fullness with significantly less food.

Our surgeons are experts in revision, or “re-do” surgeries, and teach physicians around the country minimally invasive bariatric procedures. Along with our nursing staff, they are committed to providing safe and compassionate care.