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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 is a medical specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). In addition to English, Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His professional affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital - South, and Richmond University Medical Center. Dr. Ferzli is a graduate of Saint Joseph University of Beirut. For his professional training, Dr. Ferzli completed a residency program at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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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's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Vulpe (or staff) speaks Chinese (Mandarin), Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South and Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Vulpe 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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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 general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Staten Island, NY and Bronx, NY. In addition to English, Dr. Gibbs (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and German. Her 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. Dr. Gibbs's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts 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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