Dr. Pavlos Papasavas

Surgical Weight Loss

Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, Residency & Fellowship: Temple University School of Medicine at the Western ...More Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Medical School: Athens University School of Medicine (Greece). Clinical and research interests: bariatric and metabolic surgery, GERD, gastroparesis....Less

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Stool as a Weight-Loss Tool? The Strange-But-True Fecal Transplant Possibilities

If the medications, shakes and diet plans don’t yield the weight loss results you want, the next step might be transplanting the stool of a thin person into your body. Sound far-fetched? Researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston recently proposed, based on their investigation into the workings of...

Overweight woman talking to medical professional.

Weight Loss, From Diet to Surgery: Which is Right for You?

Managing your weight is challenging, but it is one of the most important steps you can take for a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Pavlos Papasavas is director of research in the department of surgery and co-director of bariatric surgery at Hartford Hospital: Q.  First, can you explain the different approach to...

Fecal transplant

Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

Weight loss surgery has become an effective tool in treating obesity, especially in people who have not benefitted from diet and exercise. Along with reduced weight – about 30 percent on average – there is improved health for many who undergo this surgery: lowered blood pressure, reduced sleep apnea and...

Feeling Bloated.

Abdominal Bloating? Why Water With Food is Bad, Pineapple is Good

Many patients complain of postprandial (after eating food) bloating. The symptoms are uncomfortable and can significantly interfere with the person’s quality of life. People with this condition have difficulty fitting into their clothes, tend to feel heavier and experience discomfort throughout their abdomen. The good news is that bloating does...

Woman's feet on scale.

Doctor’s Call: Your Weight ‘Set Point’ And Why It Matters

Our brain, it turns out, likes to work like a thermostat. It needs a reference set point to regulate many human functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and temperature. Having a set point makes it consistent for the brain: It always tries to bring each function it regulates within a...

New Weight-Loss Procedure Uses Pacemaker-Type Device

How can a pacemaker-type device curb hunger? Doctors at Hartford Hospital are using an implantable device to treat patients with excess weight. Q: How does this implantable device work? A:  The device works to block the vagus nerve, which is the main nerve that connects the brain to the stomach. The...