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Christine Julie Ren-Fielding MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
4143 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Dr. Christine Fielding's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Fielding's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, gastrointestinal surgery, and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Northern Westchester Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, HealthSmart, and more. She studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She trained at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center for residency.

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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
682 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 261-9100

Dr. Bradley Schwack is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in New York, NY, Pomona, NY, and Queens, NY. Dr. Schwack's areas of expertise include the following: surgical repair, stomach problems, and abdominal surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Aetna Medicare, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. He speaks French. He is affiliated with VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Northern Westchester Hospital, 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. George S Ferzli MD
Specializes in Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine), Bariatric Surgery
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100

Dr. George Ferzli practices bariatric surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Staten Island, NY, New York, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. Patients rated Dr. Ferzli highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital. Amerigroup, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ferzli takes. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Ferzli attended Saint Joseph University of Beirut for medical school and subsequently trained at Staten Island University Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French.

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Dr. Corneliu Theodur (Theodor) Vulpe MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100; (718) 667-8170

Dr. Corneliu Vulpe is a physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. Dr. Vulpe is rated highly by his patients. He takes Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Vulpe attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Vulpe is open to new patients.

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Karen E Gibbs MD, FACS
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
United Medical Surgical, PC; 256B Mason Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 226-1300; (718) 920-4800

Dr. Karen Gibbs specializes in bariatric surgery. She is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital. Before completing her residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Gibbs attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Gibbs accepts Medicare insurance. She has an open panel.

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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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