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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 practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Staten Island, NY, New York, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Ferzli's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His professional affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital - South, and Richmond University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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 distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French.

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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 physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Vulpe attended medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. For his professional training, Dr. Vulpe completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicaid insurance. Dr. Vulpe (or staff) is conversant in Chinese (Mandarin), Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Vulpe is professionally affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South and Lutheran Medical Center.

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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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Gibbs (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and German. Dr. Gibbs's hospital/clinic affiliations include Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital. She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Gibbs trained at Montefiore Medical Center. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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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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