Results & Experience

Dr. Raftopoulos’ Results

  • Lose up to 240 pounds in one year!
  • Range of weight loss for women in one year after surgery: 81-149 pounds (depending on initial weight)
  • Range of weight loss for men in one year after surgery: 98-242 pounds (depending on initial weight)
  • 95% possibility of improvement or resolution of diabetes
  • Safety results better than the national average
  • Expected length of hospital stay of 1 day for more than 80% of our patients regardless of the procedure you choose. Our length of stay is among the top 1% in USA.
  • 40% to 60% expected reduction in medications for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol within a year after your surgery
  • Expected length of hospital stay is one day for more than 80% of my patients regardless of the procedure you choose. Our length of stay is among the top 1%
  • 40% to 60% expected reduction in medications for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol within one year after surgery

Staff Experience

Yannis Raftopoulos, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS, Director:

  • USA trained and Board Certified Surgeon
  • Fellowship trained in Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery
  • 13 years of experience in Bariatric surgery and 2,000 bariatric case experience
  • Former Chief of Bariatric Surgery, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford, CT
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut 
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery certified by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 
  • Primary Investigator in funded research trials
  • More than 120 national and international podium presentations and peer reviewed publications
  • Scientific work has been cited by other scientists more than 1,100 times
  • Experience in bariatric surgery, laparoscopic antireflux surgery, laparoscopic hernia surgery and laparoscopic colon surgery
  • Experience in plastic surgery procedures after weight loss such as panniculectomies and arm and thigh lifts


Elana Davidson, PA-C, Clinical Lead:

  • Over 27 years of surgical experience as a Physician Assistant, including general, laparoscopic, plastic and bariatric surgery
  • Has assisted in more than 500 bariatric surgery procedures
  • Speaks Spanish
Learn more:   413.535.4757

Medical & Surgical Weight Management Solutions at Holyoke Medical Center
10 Hospital Drive, Suite 103, Holyoke, MA 01040
413) 535-4757