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We found 5 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield near Union, NJ.

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Dr. Ajay Goyal, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
193 Morris Avenue; Second Floor
Union, NJ
 

Dr. Ajay Goyal practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Before performing his residency at New York Methodist Hospital, Dr. Goyal attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: gastric bypass surgery, colorectal cancer, and laparoscopic surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, and more. Dr. Goyal speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Morristown Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, and Overlook Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Angela Jack Glasnapp, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
700 Rahway Avenue
Union, NJ
 

Dr. Angela Glasnapp is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Glasnapp has indicated that her clinical interests include obesity, gastric bypass surgery, and colorectal cancer. She honors Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of New York Medical College. She is affiliated with Overlook Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Esophagus Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $24,998
  • Medicare Cost: $437
Dr. Basil Michael Yurcisin II, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatrics
225 Millburn Avenue; Suite 204
Millburn, NJ
 

Dr. Basil Yurcisin specializes in general surgery and bariatrics (obesity treatment). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Aetna. Dr. Yurcisin attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Yurcisin's medical residency was performed at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , duodenal switch, bariatric revision surgery

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux, Nutrition Counseling, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 36
  • Uninsured Cost: $27,000 - $42,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,124 - $1,677
Dr. Michael L Bilof, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Bariatrics
225 Millburn Avenue; Suite 204
Millburn, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Bilof specializes in surgery and bariatrics (obesity treatment) and practices in Millburn, NJ and Toms River, NJ. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, Dr. Bilof attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bilof accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Aetna.

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Clinical Interests: Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $26,999 - $42,000
  • Medicare Cost: $703 - $1,276
Dr. Prakash Ramaiah Paragi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatrics
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ
 

Dr. Prakash Paragi, who practices in Livingston, NJ and West Orange, NJ, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatrics (obesity treatment). Areas of expertise for Dr. Paragi include minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Paragi is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, Dr. Paragi attended medical school at Bangalore University. He is affiliated with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Training, Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

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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.