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We found 3 specialists near Charlotte, NC with an interest in weight loss surgery and who accept Medicaid.

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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

(Average of 4 in 2 ratings)

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

Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is a graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. Dr. Stefanidis trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. His clinical interests include adrenal surgery (adrenalectomy), cancer, and colon resection (colectomy). He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Stefanidis has received include SAGES Research Grant Award; Research Paper Awards (multiple); and Community Involvement Award. In addition to English, Dr. Stefanidis (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and German. Dr. Stefanidis is affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-University.

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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

(Average of 1 in 5 ratings)

Clinical interests: Ear Surgery, Eyelid Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction ... (Read more)

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

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Dr. Rose Marie Leday PHD

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 area of specialization is psychology. Dr. Leday's areas of expertise include the following: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and humanistic psychotherapy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MedCost, and Out of Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leday takes. She is accepting new patients.

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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.
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Carl Jarrett Lowe Jr MD

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

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

(Average of 4.1 in 7 ratings)

Dr. Carl Lowe is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. Dr. Lowe takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Lowe attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine.

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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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