Our doctors bring decades of experience and a high level of expertise to many surgical specialties, including vascular surgery, gastroesophageal surgery, cancer surgery, painless hemorrhoid surgery, bariatric (weight loss) surgery, gallbladder surgery, robotic surgery, and all aspects of general surgery. Below, you will find a full list of Shoreline’s procedures, organized by doctor.

Dr. Coatti – Vascular Surgery

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Dr. Coatti, director of Shoreline's Angio Center for the minimally invasive treatment of peripheral vascular disease, is a proven leader in vascular surgery in the state of Connecticut. He has served as Medical Staff President at Middlesex Hospital, where he developed the endovascular surgery program.

Angioplasty and Stenting procedures are excellent tools to treat diseases involving the arteries. At the Angio Center, Dr. Coatti performs Angioplasty by making a needle puncture into an artery in the groin. Using x-ray guidance, Dr. Coatti then threads a balloon-tipped catheter from the access site through the arterial system to the leg artery that is blocked or narrowed.

Once the balloon is positioned under the plaque, Dr. Coatti inflates it to break up and compress the plaque and widen the blood vessel, improving blood flow through the artery. In some cases, Dr. Coatti may then insert a stent, a small metal-mesh tube, to prop open the artery following angioplasty.

Dr. Coatti’s patients experience excellent results from angioplasty and stenting, and he has performed thousands of these procedures in both the hospital and the outpatient Angio Center.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

A carotid endarterectomy is a procedure to treat blockages in the carotid artery by removing its inner lining if it has become thickened or damaged, eliminating plaque and restoring blood flow. Dr. Coatti has successfully performed thousands of carotid endarterectomies, and he performs these procedures at Middlesex Hospital.

Patients begin with a comprehensive consultative exam with Dr. Coatti and his experienced clinical staff, and may undergo vascular testing in our fully-accredited, on-site Vascular Lab. If Dr. Coatti recommends a patient for surgery, our experienced staff will assist the patient in scheduling a convenient surgery date at Middlesex Hospital or our Angio Center. After the procedure is complete, we will schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Coatti to evaluate the results of the procedure.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

A surgical bypass reroutes blood flow around a blocked artery by creating a new pathway for blood flow using a synthetic graft or the patient’s own vein. This surgical procedure may be used in cases where the blockage within the artery is judged as too severe to treat with angioplasty or stenting.

Dr. Coatti has performed thousands of surgical bypasses, and performs these procedures at Middlesex Hospital. After the performance of a surgical bypass, blood flow to the affected extremity is restored to normal levels. This provides relief of symptoms for patients suffering from PAD (peripheral artery disease). Dr. Coatti’s patients report excellent results, and are discharged home from the hospital in several days.

When an artery becomes blocked due to atherosclerosis, patients begin to feel pain in their legs. As the blockage becomes worse, the patient can have difficulty walking any appreciable distance. The symptoms may become so severe that the patient experiences pain in a foot even at rest. The blockage is caused by a build up of cholesterol plaque in the arteries.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Aortic Repair, or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm
  • Arterial Doppler Ultrasound
  • Arterial Duplex Ultrasound
  • Atherectomy
  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA)
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Dressing and/or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
  • Endovascular Procedures
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment
  • Laparotomy
  • Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Peripheral Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Artery Bypass Procedures
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Ultrasound, Carotid
  • Varicose Vein Procedures
  • Varicose Vein Surgery
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures

For more information on these or other procedures, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Dr. Blancaflor – Gastroesophageal, Cancer, and Painless Hemorrhoid Surgery

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Dr. Blancaflor is an expert in gastroesophageal, colon, lung, lung cancer, and thoracic surgery with specialized training in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery. He also serves as Senior Attending Member of Middlesex Hospital's Center for Advanced Surgery.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux disease, is a chronic disease that causes heartburn and regurgitaiton. This disease is often associated with a weak lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, which functions as the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus. The LINX system strengthens the weak LES, reinforcing the body’s natural barrier to reflux. This system consists in wrapping a flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads around the LES, helping it to resist opening to gastric pressures and therefore preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.

Fundoplication, another form of antireflux surgery, is a more aggressive option that wraps the upper stomach in such a fashion as to recreate a new LES.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, or VATS, is a minimally-invasive surgical technique used to both diagnose and treat disease in the chest. During the surgery, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and small surgical instruments are inserted into the chest through small incisions. The thoracoscope transfers images to a video monitor, which guides the surgeon while performing the procedure.

VATS allows the patient to recover quickly and with minimal discomfort from his or her surgery. In addition, scarring is minimized through the use of small incisions in thoracoscopy. Dr. Blancaflor has performed hundreds of these procedures with excellent results for his patients.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Dr. Blancaflor, an expert in colon cancer surgery, performs robotic and laparoscopic procedures including lower anterior resection (LAR), Abdominoperineal resection (APR), and Left and Right Colectomy.

The purpose of these surgical procedures is to remove and/or resituate a small part of the intestine in cases of cancer or diverticulitis, which can cause abdominal pain and tenderness, fever, nausea and other discomfort. Dr. Blancaflor’s expertise in robotic and laparoscopic procedures assures that you will have the highest level of comfort after this operation.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Lung Resection is the removal of all or part of the lung because of lung cancer or other lung disease. If the cancerous tumor is discovered early enough, Lung Resection can provide a cure. If you have lung cancer, the type of resection will depend on the size, location, and type of tumor as well as your health prior to and while having the tumor.

Dr. Blancaflor is an expert in all forms of Lung Resection surgery - including Wedge Resection, Lobectomy, Pneumonectomy, and Video-Assisted Lobectomy - with excellent results for his patients.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Dr. Blancaflor performs two painless hemorrhoid removal procedures called Transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) and the CRH O’Regan Banding System. THD consists in using a specialized Doppler probe to identify the hemorrhoidal arteries, isolate them, and perform a suture litigation to decrease the blood flow to the hemorrhoidal plexus (network of blood vessels). The procedure is safe and painless, and it allows you to return home the same day of your procedure.

The CRH O’Regan Banding System consists in placing a small rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink and fall off in due time. The procedure takes only moments to perform and is perfectly painless, allowing you to return home to your loved ones the same day.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Thoracic Surgery

  • Robotic Thoracic/Chest Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic/Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Lobectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Segmentectomy

General Surgery

  • Adrenalectomy
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Biliary Drainage
  • Colectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Incisional/Ventral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparotomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Port Placements or Replacements (Vascular access surgery)
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy & Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic

For more information on these or other procedures, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Dr. Aranow – Gastrointestinal, Bariatric, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Dr. Aranow is a nationally recognized expert in bariatric surgery, with specialized skills in robotic and minimally invasive general and cancer surgery. He currently serves as Director of the Middlesex Hospital Center for Bariatric Surgery and has served as President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a lower “remnant” pouch. The small intestine is rearranged to connect them both in order to increase the feeling of “fullness” and decrease appetite. The surgery provides patients with profound weight loss that is successful and sustained in more than 90% of patients. Several weight-related health issues are dramatically improved by gastric bypass surgery. For example, diabetes is resolved in 50-76% of patients; high blood pressure is relieved in 80-85% of patients, sleep apnea is resolved in 75-98% of patients, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is cured in 90% of patients. The general quality of life dramatically improves with weight loss. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, is a procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 10% of its original size by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach. The resulting sleeve-like structure, about the size of a banana, is kept closed by surgical staples. This narrow stomach makes individuals feel full and reduces appetite. Weight loss is almost as profound as with gastric bypass surgery. Health and quality of life are similarly improved as well. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB), also known as a LapBand™ , or REALIZE™ Band, is an adjustable silicone band that is placed around the upper part of the stomach through surgery. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with a small outlet. After banding, the stomach can hold about an ounce of food. Adjustment of the band entails adding or removing saline (sterile salt water) that goes into a plastic tube running through the band. The physician adds saline through a device just under the skin, and filling the band makes it tighter. In this way, the band can be tightened or loosened as needed to reduce side effects and improve weight loss. This procedure can provide profound weight loss but the results are much more variable in comparison to other available surgical weight loss alternatives. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
Dr. Aranow performs more robotically assisted procedures than any other general surgeon in Connecticut. This minimally invasive technique can be utilized in most varieties of surgical procedures. Use of the da Vinci Robot provides patients with faster recovery, reduced operative pain, and advantages in safety and outcomes. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux disease, is a chronic disease that causes heartburn and regurgitaiton. This disease is often associated with a weak lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, which functions as the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus. The LINX system strengthens the weak LES, reinforcing the body’s natural barrier to reflux. This system consists in wrapping a flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads around the LES, helping it to resist opening to gastric pressures and therefore preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. Fundoplication, another form of antireflux surgery, is a more aggressive option that wraps the upper stomach in such a fashion as to recreate a new LES. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
Surgery is often part of the treatment for stomach cancer, depending on the type and stage of the cancer. Surgery may be used to remove the cancer and part or all of your stomach, although the surgeon will try to leave behind as much normal stomach as possible. Other organs in the vicinity may need to be removed as well. Surgery, when combined with other treatments, offers the best chance to cure stomach cancer. Dr. Aranow is adept at the three main types of surgery for stomach cancer: endoscopic resection, subtotal (partial) gastrectomy, and total gastrectomy. Endoscopic resection refers to cutting out a tumor from an organ—in this case the stomach—with an endoscope, a long tube placed in the esophagus. Subtotal gastrectomy refers to partial removal of the stomach and surrounding lymph nodes, and total gastrectomy refers to full removal of the stomach. Dr. Aranow is an expert in all forms of stomach cancer surgery with excellent results. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
Dr. Aranow, an expert in colon cancer surgery, performs robotic and laparoscopic procedures to remove and/or resituate a small part of the intestine in cases of cancer or diverticulitis, which can cause abdominal pain and tenderness, fever, nausea and other discomfort. Dr. Aranow's expertise in robotic and laparoscopic procedures assures that you will have the highest level of comfort after this operation. For more information on these procedures, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal surgery, has now replaced open cholecystectomy as the first-choice treatment for gallstones and inflammation of the gallbladder. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy utilizes small incisions in the abdomen to allow the insertion of operating ports, small cylindrical tubes approximately 5 to 10 mm in diameter, through which surgical instruments and a video camera are placed into the abdominal cavity. The camera illuminates the surgical field and sends an image from inside the body to a video monitor. Laparoscopy allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder with the utmost precision and care. The camera and surgical instruments enable the surgeon to clearly monitor and implement every step of the procedure along the way. This procedure does not require the abdominal muscles to be cut, resulting in less pain, quicker healing, improved cosmetic results, and fewer complications. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
Surgery is the most common treatment for intestinal cancer. Dr. Aranow performs surgery to remove tumors and the cancerous portion of the small intestine. For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.
LINX — a revolutionary solution for reflux. It’s a simple device with life-changing potential. LINX is intended for patients diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who are seeking an alternative to continuous acid suppression therapy.
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Colectomy
  • Diaphragmatic/Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair,
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Femoral Hernia Repair
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Incisional/Ventral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
For more information on these procedures, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Dr. Robles – Bariatric, Robotic, Gallbladder, and Hernia Surgery

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Dr. Robles specializes in gallbladder, hernia, gastrointestinal, breast cancer, and bariatric surgery. Adept in all aspects of general surgery, he is also a collaborator with Dr. Aranow at the Middlesex Hospital Center for Weight Loss Surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a lower “remnant” pouch. The small intestine is rearranged to connect them both in order to increase the feeling of “fullness” and decrease appetite. The surgery provides patients with profound weight loss that is successful and sustained in more than 90% of patients.

Several weight-related health issues are dramatically improved by gastric bypass surgery. For example, diabetes is resolved in 50-76% of patients; high blood pressure is relieved in 80-85% of patients, sleep apnea is resolved in 75-98% of patients, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is cured in 90% of patients. The general quality of life dramatically improves with weight loss.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, is a procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 10% of its original size by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach. The resulting sleeve-like structure, about the size of a banana, is kept closed by surgical staples.

This narrow stomach makes individuals feel full and reduces appetite. Weight loss is almost as profound as with gastric bypass surgery. Health and quality of life are similarly improved as well.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB), also known as a LapBand™ , or REALIZE™ Band, is an adjustable silicone band that is placed around the upper part of the stomach through surgery. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with a small outlet. After banding, the stomach can hold about an ounce of food.

Adjustment of the band entails adding or removing saline (sterile salt water) that goes into a plastic tube running through the band. The physician adds saline through a device just under the skin, and filling the band makes it tighter. In this way, the band can be tightened or loosened as needed to reduce side effects and improve weight loss.

This procedure can provide profound weight loss but the results are much more variable in comparison to other available surgical weight loss alternatives.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

da Vinci Robot-assisted Surgery is a surgical technique that is less invasive, more precise, and easier to recover from than conventional surgery. This minimally invasive system can be utilized in most varieties of surgical procedures. Use of the da Vinci Robot provides patients with faster recovery, reduced operative pain, and advantages in safety and outcomes.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux disease, is a chronic disease that causes heartburn and regurgitaiton. This disease is often associated with a weak lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, which functions as the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus. The LINX system strengthens the weak LES, reinforcing the body’s natural barrier to reflux. This system consists in wrapping a flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads around the LES, helping it to resist opening to gastric pressures and therefore preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.

Fundoplication, another form of antireflux surgery, is a more aggressive option that wraps the upper stomach in such a fashion as to recreate a new LES.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal surgery, has now replaced open cholecystectomy as the first-choice treatment for gallstones and inflammation of the gallbladder. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy utilizes small incisions in the abdomen to allow the insertion of operating ports, small cylindrical tubes approximately 5 to 10 mm in diameter, through which surgical instruments and a video camera are placed into the abdominal cavity. The camera illuminates the surgical field and sends an image from inside the body to a video monitor.

Laparoscopy allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder with the utmost precision and care. The camera and surgical instruments enable the surgeon to clearly monitor and implement every step of the procedure along the way. This procedure does not require the abdominal muscles to be cut, resulting in less pain, quicker healing, improved cosmetic results, and fewer complications.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

A hernia is the protrusion of an organ or the fascia of an organ through the wall of the cavity that normally contains it from within. Uncomplicated hernias are principally repaired by pushing back, or “reducing,” the herniated tissue, and then mending the weakness in muscle tissue. If complications have occurred, the surgeon will check the viability of the herniated organ, and resect it if necessary.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Bowel Resection
  • Bowel Surgery
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • da Vinci® Gallbladder Removal
  • Diverticulitis surgery
  • Dressing and/or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue, Tissue Transfer
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery, Laproscopic
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Incisional/Ventral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedures
  • Laparotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
  • Splenectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.

Kristine Lane, PA-C, MSHS – Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

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Kristine Lane has worked as an Emergency Room Physician’s Assistant at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. At Shoreline, she provides initial consultations for patients experiencing vascular disease on behalf of Dr. Coatti. She is also in charge of administering sclerotherapy for patients with spider and varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat small varicose veins (<3mm) and spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject a sclerosing agent, called polidocanol, that causes the vein to collapse, seal shut, and be absorbed into the body. The number of sclerotherapy treatments needed is variable. Prescription compression stockings are worn for several days after treatment. Sclerotherapy is considered a cosmetic procedure; therefore, is not covered by insurance.

For more information on this procedure, please call our office at 860-347-9167.