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Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

Robert Bell, MD - Speaker Bio
Robert Bell, MD, MA, FACS, has expertise in bariatric surgery for morbid obesity. Dr. Bell also specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, gallbladder disease, esophageal motility problems, abdominal wall hernia repairs, and other gastrointestinal (GI) problems. A leader in bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery, he is among few surgeons in the New York metropolitan area who perform revisionary (corrective) obesity surgeries. In addition to his position at Summit Medical Group, Dr. Bell is Associate Professor of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Before joining Summit Medical Group, Dr. Bell was Founder and Medical Director of the Yale - New Haven Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program and Medical Director of the Yale - New Haven Hospital Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. To his credit, Dr. Bell also established and has been Director of the  Yale Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program.
  • Topic Info:More than 60 million Americans are considered obese. When diet and exercise does not work, surgery may become an option.

    Weight loss surgery, otherwise known as, bariatric surgery has become a viable treatment option these days, especially to those individuals that are considered morbidly obese.

    The goal of bariatric surgery is to limit the caloric intake and can sometimes have hormonal benefits to help decrease appetite.

    This form of surgery is not intended to be an "easy way out." Find out if you or a loved one may be a candidate for weight loss surgery and what you can expect before, during and after surgery.