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 practices adult critical care and general surgery. Dr. Galvin is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Galvin include stomach surgery and gastric bypass surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nassau University Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, and Plainview Hospital. Dr. Galvin obtained his medical school training at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Cabrini Medical Center. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Galvin accepts. He 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 is a specialist in surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in East Meadow, NY. Dr. Angus's areas of expertise include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with NuHealth. He takes Amerigroup, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, Dr. Angus completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition to English, 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Esackimuthu include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Esackimuthu takes Amerigroup, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), POMCO, and more. He is a graduate of Mysore Medical College and a graduate of North Shore University Hospital's residency program. He speaks 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. These areas are among her clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and education consultation. Ms. Rafferty takes Magellan Health Services, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and 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.