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Different people have different weight loss needs in Brooklyn, NY. For many, proper dietary and lifestyle management is enough, but for others, prescription medications or weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) offers the best chance for long-term success. The Weight Loss Center at TBHC will help you understand your options so you can make choices that work for you. You never go it alone—we’ll guide you each step of the way.
If bariatric surgery is indicated, you can feel confident knowing that all weight loss procedures at TBHC are performed using minimally invasive techniques by board certified surgeons who have completed thousands of success weight loss procedures. In fact, the Weight Loss Center at TBHC has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients. This comprehensive approach to weight loss furthers our mission of Keeping Brooklyn Healthy.
The TBHC weight loss program includes:
- A comprehensive six-month weight loss education plan with educational materials for primary care provider and patient
- In-person support groups
- Online support
- Nutritional counseling
- Weight loss medication
- Bariatric surgery, which helps limit eating by giving patients a feeling of fullness after eating very little food. On average, patients lose 50 to 70 percent of their excess body weight at one year from bariatric surgery. The minimally invasive procedures offered at TBHC include laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Your surgeon will help you determine which procedure is right for you.
The Weight Loss Center was formerly located in the main hospital. They have now moved a few blocks away to the Physicians Pavilion located at 86 Saint Felix Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, which provides elegant, state-of-the-art doctors’ offices and stunning views. Our doctors look forward to seeing you there.
FREE "Virtual" Weight Loss Seminars
Pratibha “Dr. Prat” Vemulapalli, MD, THBC’s Chair of Surgery is conducting FREE weight loss informational seminars, including for nutrition and bariatric surgery.
Weekly Bariatric Informational Seminars
Every Monday from 11 am to 12 pm. Call-In Number: 408-418-9388; Access Code: 126-905-8955; Password 87684468.
Weekly Nutrition Group
Every Tuesday from 2 pm to 3 pm. Call-In Number: 408-418-9388, Access Code: 126-435-6768; Password: 3QZeUQ6PzD4 (37938767 from phones and video systems)
Weekly Nutrition Group
Every Wednesday from 1 pm to 3 pm. Call-In Number: 408-418-9388, Access Code: 126-706-6077; Password: 79347378.
Monthly Pre-Op Group
Second Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Call-In Number: 408-418-9388, Access Code: 2559-852-0528; Password: P2t22jMPh73 (72822567 from phones and video systems).
Monthly Post-Op Group (patients from 1 week to 6 months)
First Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Call-In Number: 408-418-9388, Access Code: 2553-962-2480; Password: iKwMJZKJ887 (45965955 from phones and video systems).
Monthly Post-Op Group (patients from 6 months+)
Fourth Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Call-In Number: 408-418-9388, Access Code: 2553-610-8263; Password: QHvBdWWG653 (74823994 from phones and video systems).
Weight Loss Testimonials
Diana Walton: The Future Looks Brighter — and Longer — Thanks to Bariatric Surgery
“I had uncontrollable diabetes and weighed 205 pounds... Getting this surgery was my only option. Today, I am 137 pounds and my diabetes is much more manageable and under control.”
Lucia Nolasco: The Day of My Surgery Was the Day I Was Reborn
“A year ago, I was 239 pounds. My blood pressure was high. I couldn’t sleep. My legs and feet were always swollen. I could barely get up the stairs. One of the ladies at my mom’s church kept losing all this weight. When I asked her about it, she referred me to The Brooklyn Hospital Center.”
Weight Loss Resources
Find us on Facebook! Brooklyn Loses Weight is a community support and info group created by The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Department of Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery. Have you ever considered weight loss surgery? If you’ve been struggling for awhile, we may be able to help.