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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 Adult Critical Care, General Surgery
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
 

Dr. Daniel Galvin works as a general surgeon and intensivist. His areas of expertise consist of stomach surgery and gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Galvin's professional affiliations include Nassau University Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, and Plainview Hospital. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Galvin's office for an appointment. He attended Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cabrini Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 works as a surgeon and critical care specialist. Dr. Angus is especially interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with NuHealth. He is in-network for Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in 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 surgeon in New Hyde Park, NY and East Meadow, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Esackimuthu include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He honors Amerigroup, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), POMCO, and more. He attended Mysore Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at North Shore University Hospital for residency. Dr. Esackimuthu speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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. Her clinical interests include crisis intervention, depression, and education consultation. Ms. Rafferty is in-network for Magellan Health Services, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.