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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 weight loss 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. Surgical options for weight loss include:

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery – 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. 
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – A new restrictive procedure which limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of the stomach.
  • Gastric Band Surgery – This procedure 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. 
  • Abdominoplasty Surgery – This technique addresses excess skin after significant weight loss. 

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

Approach

Expected Weight Loss

Recovery Time

Hospital Stay 

Ideal Candidates

Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic/
6 incisions

60-75% of excess weight

2-3 weeks

1-2 days

BMI>35

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic/
5 incisions

60-75% of excess weight

2-3 weeks

1 day

BMI>35

Gastric Band

Laparoscopic/
5 incisions

25-40% of excess weight

2-3 weeks

Outpatient

BMI>30

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