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Weight and Wellness Center

Surgical Weight Loss

The Weight and Wellness Center surgical program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston is one of the leading obesity treatment programs in New England. Our Bariatric Surgeons perform virtually all surgical options laparoscopically through several very small incisions of one inch or less. When healed, these incisions are often nearly invisible.

Minimally invasive surgery has many other benefits including less wound discomfort, quicker recovery from surgery, lower risk of wound infections and better cosmetic results. Read testimonials from patients who have had weight loss surgery at the Weight and Wellness Center.

Patients who have this weight loss surgery must be prepared to make significant changes in eating and lifestyle patterns that will last a lifetime. The clinical team at the Weight and Wellness Center will help patients both pre and post-operatively in making these changes for success.

Weight loss surgery involves substantial and permanent changes in the patient's stomach and other gastrointestinal physiology. Real risk comes with each surgical procedure, and surgery is only offered to those whose BMI is high enough that the medical risk of continued obesity outweighs the risk of surgery. Prospective patients should have exhausted all other reasonable avenues of weight loss before selecting surgery.

Surgical Weight Loss Options

Surgical Procedure


Expected Weight Loss

Recovery Time

Hospital Stay 

Ideal Candidates

Gastric Bypass

6 incisions

60-75% of excess weight

2-3 weeks

1-2 days


Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

5 incisions

60-75% of excess weight

2-3 weeks

1 day


Gastric Band

5 incisions

25-40% of excess weight

2-3 weeks



Learn more about the surgical services provided by our team:

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery – A very successful operation for weight control - tens of thousands of surgeries are performed using this technique each year in the United States. Patients eat smaller amounts of food, feel fuller sooner, have less of an appetite, and, with the laparoscopic approach, suffer less pain and run a lower risk of developing post-operative complications. During this operation, the surgeon separates the stomach into two sections with a special stapling device, creating a small working section on top, called a pouch. This pouch will become the new stomach and has the capacity of 1-2 oz. of food. The small stomach pouch is connected directly to the intestine so that the food skips or bypasses the big part of the stomach which no longer processes food. This procedure results in weight loss up to 65% in excess weight. Tufts Medical Center surgeons have performed more than 3,000 laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures to date. 
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy -- A new restrictive procedure which limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of the stomach. During the procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device and removing the outer portion of the stomach. The sleeve will typically hold between 2-5 oz. or about the size of a banana. The excised portion of the stomach is removed. Tufts Medical Center surgeons have performed more than 500 laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedures to date.
  • Gastric Band Surgery – The Tufts Medical Center Weight and Wellness Center was the first program in New England to use this minimally invasive procedure, which involves placing a saline-filled band around the stomach, dividing the stomach into a small pouch on top of the band, leaving the larger portion of the stomach below the band. The band is adjustable and makes eating large amounts of food more difficult. The placement is also reversible. Tufts Medical Center surgeons have performed more than 1,000 laparoscopic banding procedures to date. 
  • Abdominoplasty Surgery – This technique, performed by our Division of Plastic Surgery addresses excess skin after significant weight loss. Our plastic surgeons are at the top of their field in performing abdominoplasties. The operation usually requires an overnight stay and a recovery time of 2-3 weeks.

Learn if you may be a candidate for surgical weight loss by viewing our surgery eligibility criteria.