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1 . resultMichael Jay Nusbaum MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

200 South Orange Avenue; Suite 203
Livingston, NJ
(973) 322-7977

(rated an average of 5 in 24 ratings)

Clinical interests: Surgery-Robotic

Dr. Michael Nusbaum's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Nusbaum focuses on robotic surgery. Dr. Nusbaum accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. His professional affiliations include Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center.

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2 . resultDr. Alexander Abkin MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgery / Laparoscopic

98 James Street; Suite 212
Edison, NJ
(732) 744-5955

(rated an average of 5 in 14 ratings)

Clinical interests: Abdominal Hernia, Bariatrics, Gallbladder Stones, Gastroesophogeal Reflux, Lap Banding, Nutrition, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexander Abkin practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include nutrition and obesity. Patient ratings for Dr. Abkin average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Devon Health Services, MultiPlan, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Dr. Abkin attended Saint Petersburg I.P. Pavlov Medical University for medical school. Dr. Abkin is conversant in Russian. He is affiliated with JFK Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Meridian Health.

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3 . resultDr. Marina S Kurian MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

530 First Avenue; Suite 10S
New York, NY
(212) 434-3285; (212) 263-3166

(rated an average of 4.8 in 5 ratings)

Clinical interests: Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopy, Esophageal Reflux, Fundiplication/GERD, Spleen Surgery, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Marina Kurian is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients gave Dr. Kurian an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass hernia surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. She is an in-network provider for CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Aetna POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kurian obtained her medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed her residency at Albany Medical Center. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Kurian (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include NYU Langone Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital.

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4 . resultDr. George S Ferzli MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100

(rated an average of 5 in 5 ratings)

Dr. George Ferzli's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ferzli honors. He obtained his medical school training at Saint Joseph University of Beirut and performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Arabic, and French. His professional affiliations include Lutheran Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital.

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5 . resultMarc Bessler MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

51 W. 51 Street
New York, NY
(212) 305-9506

Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Metabolic Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Stomach ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc Bessler is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bessler include barrett's esophagus, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Dr. Bessler is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Valley Health System. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Overlook Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Bessler attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Bessler (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

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6 . resultDr. Hans J Schmidt MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

377 Jersey Avenue; Suite 470, Jersey City Office
Jersey City, NJ
(201) 646-1121

(rated an average of 4.2 in 12 ratings)

Clinical interests: Laparascopic Surgery

Dr. Hans Schmidt is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Paramus, NJ and Jersey City, NJ. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Schmidt is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. He is affiliated with Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center, and St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

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7 . resultDr. Nicholas A Bertha DO, FACS
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgery / Laparoscopic

562 Easton Avenue
Somerset, NJ

Clinical interests: Abdominal Hernia, Bariatric Medicine, Bariatrics, Gallbladder Stones, Gastroesophogeal Reflux, Lap ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicholas Bertha is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Florham Park, NJ, Somerset, NJ, and Morristown, NJ. He is especially interested in obesity. He is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Guardian, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and more. Before performing his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bertha attended UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Bertha has received professional recognition including the following: NJ Top Doctor - NJ Monthly Magazine. In addition to English, Dr. Bertha (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. His professional affiliations include Saint Peter's University Hospital, Morristown Medical Center, and Somerset Medical Center.

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8 . resultDr. Vincent Anthony Iannace MD, FACS
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

98 James Street; Suite 212
Edison, NJ
(732) 566-2363

Clinical interests: Laparascopic Surgery

Dr. Vincent Iannace is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Florham Park, NJ, Teaneck, NJ, and Edison, NJ. Dr. Iannace attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Brown University for residency. His clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery. He accepts Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Saint Peter's University Hospital, JFK Medical Center, and Morristown Medical Center.

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9 . resultDr. Basil Michael Yurcisin II MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

225 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ
(973) 218-1990; (973) 218-9400

Clinical interests: Bariatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Basil Yurcisin works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Millburn, NJ and Toms River, NJ. After attending Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Dr. Yurcisin completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yurcisin include minimally invasive procedures and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He takes MultiPlan, Health Net, Guardian, and more. His professional affiliations include Bayshore Community Hospital, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Monmouth Medical Center.

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10 . resultDr. Vishal Mehta MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

3 Hospital Plaza; Suite 206
Old Bridge, NJ
(732) 745-0999; (732) 249-0360

Clinical interests: Bariatric Surgery, Gastric Bands, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, Laparoscopic Surgery, Hiatal ... (Read more)

Dr. Vishal Mehta sees patients in New Brunswick, NJ and Old Bridge, NJ. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Mehta is professionally affiliated with Raritan Bay Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Geisinger Medical Center. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Mehta completed residency programs at New York Methodist Hospital and Saint Peter's University Hospital. Dr. Mehta takes Medicare insurance.

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11 . resultPiotr Jerzy Gorecki MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

506 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 780-3288; (718) 246-8600

Clinical interests: Bariatric Surgery, Gall Bladder Surgery, Biliary Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Department ... (Read more)

Dr. Piotr Gorecki works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Brooklyn, NY and East Meadow, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: hernia surgery, pancreatic surgery, and gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy). He accepts Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna POS, Health Net, and more. Dr. Gorecki graduated from Nicolaus Copernicus Academy of Medicine, Krakow. His residency was performed at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Gorecki (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian. He is affiliated with New York Methodist Hospital.

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12 . resultDr. Valeriu Eugen Andrei MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

200 S Orange Avenue; Suite 123
Livingston, NJ
(973) 322-7265; (973) 322-7000

(rated an average of 2.8 in 2 ratings)

Clinical interests: Bariatric Medicine, Gastroesophogeal Reflux

Dr. Valeriu Andrei is a Livingston, NJ physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is a graduate of Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara. For his professional training, Dr. Andrei completed a residency program at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Andrei honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Andrei (or staff) speaks Spanish, Polish, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Peter's University Hospital, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Morristown Medical Center.

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13 . resultDr. Beth Anne Schrope MD, PhD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

161 Fort Washington Avenue; Suite 8
New York, NY
(212) 305-9441; (212) 305-4000

(rated an average of 4 in 7 ratings)

Clinical interests: Pancreas Resection, Leak of Pancreatic Vein Following Surgical Connection, Pancreatic Cyst, ... (Read more)

Dr. Beth Schrope practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Schrope at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include pancreatic surgery, pancreatic cancer, and ultrasound (sonogram). Her professional affiliations include Greenwich Hospital, ColumbiaDoctors, and Valley Health System. Dr. Schrope is an in-network provider for Aetna, Group Health Incorporated (GHI), and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Schrope attended Temple University School of Medicine.

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14 . resultDr. Melissa Bahareh Bagloo MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

161 Fort Washington Avenue; Floor: 5th Floor, Suite: 5-524, Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
(212) 305-4000; (212) 305-9506

Clinical interests: Bariatric Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery, Metabolic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Bagloo is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Bagloo's areas of expertise include laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). She is in-network for MultiPlan, Aetna, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Bagloo completed her residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and Valley Health System. She is open to new patients.

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15 . resultDr. Glenn Joseph Forrester MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgery / Laparoscopic

700 Rahway Avenue
Union, NJ
(908) 378-1779; (908) 481-1270

Clinical interests: Cancer / Colorectal, Cancer / Digestive, Cancer / Surgery, Gallbladder Stones, Gastric Bypass, ... (Read more)

Dr. Glenn Forrester is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Forrester is especially interested in colorectal cancer (colon cancer), minimally invasive surgery, and gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Forrester takes Medicare insurance. Before performing Dr. Forrester's residency at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Forrester attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Forrester's professional affiliations include JFK Medical Center and Somerset Medical Center.

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16 . resultChristine Julie Ren-Fielding MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

530 1st Avenue; SK 10S
New York, NY
(212) 263-3166

Clinical interests: Weight Management, Gastric Bypass, Esophageal Reflux, Pediatric Bariatric Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christine Ren-Fielding is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Ren-Fielding is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ren-Fielding's areas of expertise include gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) and gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Ren-Fielding is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including CIGNA Plans, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Aetna POS. Dr. Ren-Fielding speaks Polish. Dr. Ren-Fielding is affiliated with Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Wayne Memorial Hospital.

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What is Bariatric 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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