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Is bariatric surgery for me?

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If you think you may be a candidate or have questions about bariatric surgery, call the Center for Bariatric Surgery at The Hospital of Central Connecticut: 1-888-456-7546 toll-free, complete an online form, or e-mail us at

According to National Institutes of Health guidelines, bariatric surgery may be appropriate for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater (generally men at least 100 pounds overweight and women at least 80 pounds overweight).

Surgery may also be appropriate for people with lower BMIs who have certain weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea or others.

Bariatric surgery is a tool in the weight-loss and maintenance process. While it is a proven way for the severely obese to lose weight and keep it off, it is not a quick fix or magic cure.

The potential patient should clearly understand what the proposed operation involves, his or her role, the benefits and risks and necessary post-surgery lifestyle changes.

Insurance, other coverage

The hospital's Center for Bariatric Surgery is:
  • An Aetna Institutes of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility
  • A CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery
  • A Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center
  • Designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), which means Medicare will cover bariatric surgical procedures for qualified patients.

Questions to ask your insurance company

  • Are gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy covered procedures?

    If so...
    • Are there special requirements before having surgery, such as specific diagnoses or participation in nutrition counseling?
    • Are The Hospital of Central Connecticut (formerly New Britain General Hospital) and Drs. Carlos Barba and Nissin Nahmias accepted providers?
    • What are your co-payments and deductibles?