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

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Dr. Shawn Marc Garber, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
125 Mineola Avenue; Suite 200
Roslyn Heights, NY
 

Dr. Shawn Garber practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Garber average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Garber include juvederm, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, St. Francis Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. He honors Vytra, MagnaCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Garber attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Botox Injection, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Duodenal Switch, Juvederm, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Daniel Galvin's areas of specialization are adult critical care and general surgery. His areas of expertise consist of stomach surgery and gastric bypass surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Cabrini Medical Center, Dr. Galvin attended Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Galvin is affiliated with Nassau University Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, and Plainview Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist in East Meadow, NY. Dr. Angus is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with NuHealth. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his professional training, Dr. Angus completed a residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He takes Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 practices surgery in New Hyde Park, NY and East Meadow, NY. He has indicated that his clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Amerigroup, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Esackimuthu accepts. He attended Mysore Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at North Shore University Hospital for residency. Dr. Esackimuthu is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with NuHealth.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss 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.
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