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Dr. George S Ferzli MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine), Bariatric Surgery
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100; (718) 630-8600

Dr. George Ferzli sees patients in Staten Island, NY and Brooklyn, NY. His medical specialties are bariatric surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Ferzli's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He obtained his medical school training at Saint Joseph University of Beirut and performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Ferzli is accepting new patients.

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Christine Julie Ren-Fielding (Ren) MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
3453 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Staten Island, NY

Dr. Christine Ren practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in New York, NY, Staten Island, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Ren is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ren include obesity, gastrointestinal surgery, and metabolism. Dr. Ren honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart. Before completing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Ren attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Ren has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) and Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health.

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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; Suite 200
Staten Island, NY
(718) 261-9100; (718) 336-9100

Dr. Bradley Schwack is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in New York, NY, Pomona, NY, and Queens, NY. Dr. Schwack is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of Bellevue Hospital Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schwack include stomach problems, gallbladder problems, and hernia surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Schwack is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schwack (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), and Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health.

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Clinical interests: weight loss, minimally invasive surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, obesity, stomach bypass, gall ... (Read more)

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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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