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We found 4 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Empire BlueCross BlueShield near East Meadow, NY.

Dr. Daniel Earl Galvin, MD, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
 

Dr. Daniel Galvin practices general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) in East Meadow, NY, Glen Cove, NY, and Huntington, NY. His areas of expertise consist of stomach surgery and gastric bypass surgery. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Galvin graduated from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Galvin trained at Cabrini Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Galvin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Syosset Hospital, Nassau University Medical Center, and Huntington Hospital. Dr. Galvin has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Stomach Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Specializes in Surgery, Critical Care
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
 

Dr. Lambros Angus specializes in surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). His clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Angus is affiliated with NuHealth. He is in-network for Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

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Specializes in Surgery
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
 

Dr. Venkatesh Esackimuthu is a specialist in surgery. He works in New Hyde Park, NY and East Meadow, NY. Dr. Esackimuthu's areas of expertise include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and POMCO. After completing medical school at Mysore Medical College, he performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Esackimuthu is affiliated with NuHealth.

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All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

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Specializes in Counseling
111 West Nicholai Street; Suite 204
Hicksville, NY
 

Ms. Jean Rafferty practices counseling in Smithtown, NY and Hicksville, NY. Ms. Rafferty's clinical interests include crisis intervention, depression, and education consultation. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Magellan Health Services, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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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.