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, who practices in Cortlandt Manor, NY, New Hyde Park, NY, and Roslyn Heights, NY, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Garber is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include juvederm, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch. He is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Garber is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Vytra, MagnaCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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)

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

Dr. Daniel Galvin, who practices in East Meadow, NY, Glen Cove, NY, and Huntington, NY, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and general surgery. Dr. Galvin's areas of expertise include the following: stomach surgery and gastric bypass surgery. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Galvin completed his residency training at Cabrini Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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

Dr. Lambros Angus' areas of specialization are surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of expertise for Dr. Angus include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Angus honors. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with NuHealth.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

Specializes in Surgery
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
 

Dr. Venkatesh Esackimuthu is a specialist in surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Esackimuthu include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Esackimuthu is affiliated with NuHealth. He honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and POMCO. He studied medicine at Mysore Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Esackimuthu trained at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Esackimuthu is conversant in Spanish.

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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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