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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine)
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100; (718) 630-8600

Dr. George Ferzli is a specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ferzli is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. After attending Saint Joseph University of Beirut for medical school, he completed his residency training at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), and NYU Langone Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Christine Julie Ren-Fielding MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
3453 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Staten Island, NY

Dr. Christine Fielding works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Her clinical interests include obesity, gastrointestinal surgery, and metabolism. Patient ratings for Dr. Fielding average 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, HealthSmart, and more. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Fielding attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: weight loss, clinical overweight, surgery, minimally invasive surgery, abdomen surgery, gastric ... (Read more)

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Dr. Bradley Franklin Schwack MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
3453 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Staten Island, NY
(718) 261-9100; (718) 336-9100

Dr. Bradley Schwack's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Schwack completed a residency program at Bellevue Hospital Center. His areas of expertise include the following: stomach problems, gallbladder problems, and hernia surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwack takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Schwack (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Schwack is affiliated with Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: weight loss, minimally invasive surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, obesity, stomach bypass, gall ... (Read more)

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Dr. Corneliu Theodur (Theodor) Vulpe MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100; (718) 630-7000

Dr. Corneliu Vulpe specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Amerigroup, Medicaid Managed Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, Dr. Vulpe completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Vulpe (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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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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