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HCC surgeon uses only one small incision to conduct lap-banding bariatric surgery

New Britain [November 09 2009] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) is the first hospital in Greater Hartford to offer minimally invasive weight loss lap-banding surgery that uses only one small incision. This new technique offers patients reduced post-operative pain and less scarring.

HCC bariatric surgeon Carlos Barba, M.D., medical director of bariatric surgery, makes a single one-inch incision in the belly button, vs. several small incisions throughout the upper abdomen for laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery.

“This is a technique that minimizes the post-operative pain in patients having a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band,” says Barba. “Cosmetically, it is also more attractive because instead of using five or six incisions for the procedure we’re only using one.”

To date, Barba has conducted six procedures using this method. He plans to offer it as the primary lap-banding method. Both he and HCC bariatric surgeon Nissin Nahmias, M.D., received training in this new technique.

“Every patient we’ve offered this to jumped on it. It’s very exciting to us and raises the bar to a higher level of satisfaction for our patients,” says Nahmias.

With lap-banding, part of the stomach is banded to create a small pouch, thereby reducing its capacity to hold food. The procedure is reversible and adjustable.

Through the one incision, used as an entry port for the procedure, an insert is placed within the body and used to exchange medical instruments, including a camera for procedure visualization. Patients are hospitalized overnight or go home the same day.

HCC is a designated Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS); Barba is the hospital’s only designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence surgeon.

The hospital also offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass bariatric surgery. With the Roux-en-Y surgical procedure, part of the stomach is stapled, leaving a small pouch that holds much less food; also, part of the small intestine is bypassed, reducing the area in which foods can be digested. Hospital stay is two to three days.

Since 2005, The Hospital of Central Connecticut has offered bariatric surgery for patients who, among other criteria, are severely (morbidly) obese, have not achieved success using conventional medical weight loss methods, and have medical problem(s) caused by obesity. Severe obesity is defined as being at least 100 pounds over one’s ideal body weight, or having a body mass index above 40. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of U.S. adults age 20 and older are obese.

For more information about the hospital’s Weigh Your Options and bariatric surgical program, please contact 1-866-668-5070 or go to

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, x6507

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