Danbury Hospital Center for Weight Loss Surgery
If you, a friend or a family member struggles to achieve a healthy weight, please know that you are not alone – and we can help. Danbury Hospital’s Center for Weight Loss Surgery is known throughout our region for expertise in bariatric surgery. A great first step? Attend one of our free Bariatric Surgeon “Meet and Greet” events to learn first hand how our program works.
A growing body of medical research demonstrates that bariatric surgery brings dramatic improvement to your health and offers an effective treatment for obesity. Danbury Hospital offers a complete and personalized bariatric program that exceeds national standards for excellence and safety. Our team provides the support and resources you need to maintain your weight loss.
At Danbury Hospital we offer a wide range of weight loss surgery procedures to help you regain your health. Understanding your unique needs, we will help you choose the best surgical option for you and assist you along your journey to better health. Please visit us at one of our free “Meet and Greet” events, where we will answer your questions about bariatric surgery, insurance coverage and other topics related to our program.
Many insurance plans cover weight loss surgery, although the criteria you must meet prior to your surgery will vary from one plan to the next. Our Financial Clearance department will assess your insurance coverage and work with you to meet all requirements. It is important to inform us of any insurance carrier changes, since this requires reassessment of coverage criteria. If your insurance provider does not cover bariatric surgery, we can help. Our staff will work diligently with you to explore other financial and payment options to cover the cost of your surgery.
The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Danbury Hospital provides surgical solutions for long-term weight loss for obese individuals committed to reclaiming their health. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recently joined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to create one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers: the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Danbury Hospital is proud to be recognized by the MBSAQIP as a Comprehensive Center. Danbury Hospital offers a complete and personalized bariatric program that exceeds national standards for excellence and safety. Our multidisciplinary team of skilled surgeons and specialists offer the advanced medical expertise and support services necessary to succeed as patients embrace a lifetime of wellness.
Highly trained, our surgeons perform the most advanced laparoscopic weight-loss procedures while maintaining the highest standard of surgical care. We also offer robotic surgery, using our da Vinci surgical platform for sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. Our expert team of surgeons, nurses, dietitians, psychologists and specially trained staff provide encouragement and support every step of the way. We’re committed to your long-term success—we are available 365 days a year to help you on your journey.
We offer several types of bariatric (weight loss) surgery to help you improve your health. Together with your surgeon, you will discuss and decide which surgical procedure is best for you. The weight loss surgery procedures available at Danbury Hospital include:
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Removing more than half of the stomach to create a tube (with a sleeve-like shape), this achieves weight loss in two ways. First, the size of the stomach is significantly reduced so only smaller portions can be consumed. Second, reducing the size of the stomach affects ghrelin (the hormone that governs appetite) production, so most patients feel less hunger.
- Robotic Bariatric Surgery: Using the da Vinci robot for gastric bypass or sleeve surgery provides better visualization, allowing your surgeon to work on a smaller, more precise scale than with conventional surgery.
- Revisional Bariatric Surgery: For medical reasons, some people require a surgical revision of the first bariatric procedure. Our surgeons are experienced at assessing your current medical status to identify the best treatment plan for you.
- Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass: This surgery decreases the size of the stomach and also partially bypasses the small intestine, limiting how many calories are taken in. The “lap gastric bypass” is highly effective for two reasons: patients eat less and feel full quickly, and also do not fully absorb the food they eat.
The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Danbury Hospital offers a monthly support group to all of our patients and their supports. This group based meeting is hosted by our Dietitians and or Behavioral Health Professionals. It is a wonderful place to make new friends and learn from the experiences of your peers.
We know you may not be able to attend all of the groups, but research has shown that patients who attend support groups regularly are more successful with their weight loss and mental adjustments after surgery, especially long term.
The 2020 support group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6 - 7 pm in the Robilotti Center at Danbury Hospital.
Weight loss surgery is a way for people who are morbidly obese to regain their lives and improve or even cure their life-threatening illnesses. In fact:
- 82% of type 2 diabetes can be resolved
- 75% of high blood pressure can be cured
- 75% of sleep apnea can be cured
- 90% of medical problems get better
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We have a unique and comprehensive program designed to meet your individual needs. We are here not only to help you lose weight, but also to keep it off. We offer monthly support groups, known to be key to success. Our team provides the support and resources you need to maintain your weight loss, guiding you on a satisfying lifelong path to freedom from obesity.
Former Cop Sheds 100+ Pounds with Help from Western CT Health Network
DANBURY, Conn. – Fifteen months ago Edward Lopes, 49, a police officer with the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, had a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (also called a gastric sleeve procedure) at Danbury Hospital.
Since then, he’s lost more than 125 pounds and travels back to Danbury, more than 800 miles from his home, for follow-up appointments with his bariatric surgeon Dr. Keith A. Zuccala, the Carmen Lucia and Peter Buck Chair in Surgical Oncology and Chairman for the Department of Surgery at Western Connecticut Health Network.
The 26-year police veteran of the City of Danbury Police Department and former resident of Watertown, says, “Life is so much better for me now because I feel good.”
Lopes battled with his weight off and on over the years that eventually led to other health problems. “I developed high blood pressure, acid reflux, and sleep apnea,” said Lopes. “I had to use a CPAP machine at night for the sleep apnea. I was not happy with myself; I was too heavy.
“I tried every fad diet out there and I would lose 20 to 40 pounds, but then I’d gain it all back again,” said Lopes. “I became so frustrated because I couldn’t keep it off. My weight-related health issues were a huge motivator in my decision to look into weight loss surgery.”
Lopes did the research and attended several weight loss surgery programs to learn about weight loss surgery options. “When I attended the Danbury Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Meet and Greet, they just ‘grabbed me’ by their attitude and professionalism,” said Lopes.
“They were far superior compared to other sessions I attended.” “I was also impressed with the comprehensive, personalized weight loss surgery options and support programs available before, during and after surgery,” added Lopes.
Following an extensive health evaluation and risk assessment, both Lopes and Dr. Zuccala agreed that a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy was a good weight loss surgery option. The procedure uses smaller incisions which lead to minimal scarring, less pain, and a faster recovery to allow the patient to return to their daily activities more quickly.
According to Dr. Zuccala, a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy involves removing 90 percent of the stomach and creating a thin tube (or a sleeve-like shape) of the remaining portion resulting in weight loss by two ways. First, the size of the stomach is significantly reduced so that less food can be eaten. Second, the portion of the stomach removed affects the hormones that govern appetite so that patients are often less hungry.
“The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy was originally designed as a first step toward gastric bypass for patients with extreme obesity, and for some patients that’s still the case, said Dr. Zuccala.” “However, current studies suggest that this minimally-invasive procedure is also beneficial for other patients because it does not involve malabsorption so the body digests food normally.”
“Last July, Dr. Zuccala performed my gastric sleeve surgery at Danbury Hospital,” said Lopes. My pre-surgery weight was 323 pounds. Now, a year later, I weigh 198 pounds and I feel great.”
When asked why Lopes drives more than 800 miles to Danbury Hospital for his follow-up appointments when he could be referred to a Weight Loss Surgery Center closer to home he firmly replied, “I will never stop doing it; I refuse to. The support and security I need is always just a phone call away. If it wasn’t for Dr. Zuccala and the staff at The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Danbury Hospital, I would not have had the motivation to do this. To me, coming back here is my reward; it’s my life vest.”
Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center
Surgical Services Office - Suite 209
111 Osborne Street
Danbury, CT 06810
If you are interested in learning more about the Center for Weight Loss Surgery please call 203-739-7131 or click here to register for a Bariatric Surgeon Meet and Greet to start your weight loss journey.
General Program Questions: 203-739-7131
Bariatric Dietitians: 203-739-7119
Financial Clearance & Self-Pay Questions: 203-739-4717
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