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We found 2 specialists with an interest in weight loss surgery and who accept Medicaid near Charlotte, NC.

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Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis MD, PhD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1025 Morehead Medical Drive; Suite 300
Charlotte, NC
(704) 355-1813; (704) 355-9484

Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Charlotte, NC. Clinical interests for Dr. Stefanidis include adrenal surgery (adrenalectomy), cancer, and colon resection (colectomy). Dr. Stefanidis is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Stefanidis has received include SAGES Research Grant Award; Research Paper Awards (multiple); and Community Involvement Award. Dr. Stefanidis (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Greek, and German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-University.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastric Bypass Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)

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Dr. Stanley Branner Getz Jr MD
Specializes in Head & Neck Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
1025 Morehead Drive; Suite 300
Charlotte, NC
(704) 446-6810; (704) 376-0805

Dr. Stanley Getz sees patients in Charlotte, NC. His medical specialties are general surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Getz's areas of expertise include the following: cleft lip and palate, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and thigh lift. Patient ratings for Dr. Getz average 1.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Getz's education and training includes medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation, Carolinas Medical Center, and Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastric Bypass Surgery

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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.