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Dr. George S Ferzli MD
Specializes in Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine), Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100

Dr. George Ferzli's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). He attended medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. He trained at Staten Island University Hospital for residency. Dr. Ferzli's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital - South, and Richmond University Medical Center.

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

Dr. Corneliu Vulpe is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Vulpe (or staff) speaks Chinese (Mandarin), Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Vulpe's professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South and Lutheran Medical Center. He attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vulpe is in-network for Medicaid insurance.

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

Dr. Karen Gibbs is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Gibbs attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Gibbs (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and German. She is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital and Staten Island University 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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