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Dr. George S Ferzli MD
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 practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patient ratings for Dr. Ferzli average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ferzli's professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), and NYU Langone Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ferzli's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. For his professional training, Dr. Ferzli completed a residency program at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French.

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

Dr. Christine Fielding is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Fielding include obesity, gastrointestinal surgery, and metabolism. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) and NYU Langone Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fielding takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart.

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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
Staten Island, NY
(718) 261-9100; (718) 336-9100

Dr. Bradley Schwack is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Schwack attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. His areas of expertise include stomach problems, gallbladder problems, and hernia surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwack takes. He has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Schwack (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He 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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Dr. Vulpe (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. Dr. Vulpe is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to 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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