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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

1025 Morehead Medical Drive; #275
Charlotte, NC
(704) 355-1813; (704) 355-5114

(Average of 4 in 2 ratings)

Clinical interests: Adrenal surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Antireflux Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Charlotte, NC. After attending Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Clinical interests for Dr. Stefanidis include adrenal surgery (adrenalectomy), gastroesophageal reflux surgery, and colon resection (colectomy). Dr. Stefanidis is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Stefanidis include: SAGES Research Grant Award; Research Paper Awards (multiple); and Community Involvement Award. Dr. Stefanidis (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Greek. Dr. Stefanidis is professionally affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center-University, Carolinas Medical Center, and Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Bariatric Medicine

2608 E 7th Street
Charlotte, NC
(704) 355-9484; (704) 667-2680

(Average of 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Bariatric Medicine, Body Composition Analysis, Diabetes, Eating Disorders, Obesity, Preventative ... (Read more)

Dr. John Tomcho's areas of specialization are bariatric medicine and family medicine; he sees patients in Charlotte, NC. His clinical interests include eating disorders, preventive care, and diabetes. Dr. Tomcho is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.

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Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery

1918 Randolph Road; Suite 130
Charlotte, NC
(704) 542-3631; (704) 364-8100

Clinical interests: Weight Management, Bariatric Surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer, Colon Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Thies is a pediatric general surgery specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Thies has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer, breast surgery, and obesity. He is an in-network provider for CIGNA Plans, Blue Cross, First Health, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center-University, Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and Carolinas Specialty Hospital.

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Specializes in Psychology

3111 Monroe Road; Suite 200
Charlotte, NC
(704) 927-5885; (704) 659-0330

Clinical interests: Personality Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, Relationship Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rose Leday's specialty is psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leday include anger management, eating disorders, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Leday is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Out of Network. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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These providers have not listed weight loss surgery as a clinical interest or area of expertise, but have specialized in a related field: bariatric surgery.

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

2104 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC
(704) 377-3900

(Average of 4.1 in 7 ratings)

Dr. Carl Lowe's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Charlotte, NC. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lowe is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lowe's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, and Presbyterian Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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What is Weight Loss Surgery?

Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is a surgical procedure performed to help significantly obese patients lose weight when more traditional methods, such as dieting and exercise, have not helped. Depending on the type, these surgeries change the gastrointestinal tract to limit how much food can be eaten and also change how food is absorbed by the body. Of the various bariatric surgeries available, the most common is gastric bypass.

By far the most common of the gastric bypass surgeries is called “Roux-en-Y.” During this surgery, part of the stomach and small intestine are detached from the gastrointestinal tract, in order to make the tract smaller. The surgeon divides the stomach into two parts. The working stomach, at the end of the esophagus, is now tiny - only the size of a walnut. This makes patients feel full after eating a small amount of food. Then the small intestine is also divided, and after bypassing a section of the small intestine to reduce food absorption, the intestine is attached to the small stomach pouch. The patient now has a working stomach and intestine like before, only much smaller.

Because gastric bypass is used to treat extreme obesity, it can reduce the risk of some of the problems associated with obesity. Gastric bypass can help treat or reduce the risk for such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. However, it is a major surgery and also carries risks itself. Any surgery can lead to infection, bleeding, or blood clots, and weight loss surgery in particular carries risks of leaks in the gastrointestinal system, malnutrition, bowel obstructions, and vomiting.

Typically patients are considered candidates for gastric bypass surgery if they have a BMI greater than 40, or sometimes if they have a BMI between 35 and 40 but are suffering from obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes. The outlook is generally good, with most patients losing between 50-75% of their excess weight in 1-2 years. However, patients must follow strict diet guidelines so that the stomach can heal, starting with no food at all, then followed by a liquid diet for some time. For many severely obese patients who have tried strict diets before without success, gastric bypass surgery is the tool that allows them to finally achieve their weight loss and health goals.

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