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

Dr. George Ferzli works as a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and critical care specialist in Staten Island, NY and Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), and NYU Langone Medical Center. After completing medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Dr. Ferzli performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Christine Julie Ren-Fielding MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
3453 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Dr. Christine Fielding works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in New York, NY, Staten Island, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. Her clinical interests include obesity, gastrointestinal surgery, and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Fielding attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fielding is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Bradley Schwack is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in New York, NY, Staten Island, NY, and Pomona, NY. These areas are among his clinical interests: stomach problems, gallbladder problems, and hernia surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Schwack is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Schwack completed his residency training at Bellevue Hospital Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Rising Stars. Dr. Schwack (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), 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. Corneliu Theodur (Theodor) Vulpe MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 667-8100; (718) 630-7000

Dr. Corneliu Vulpe works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Staten Island, NY and Brooklyn, NY. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Vulpe accepts Amerigroup, Medicaid Managed Care, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. For his professional training, Dr. Vulpe completed a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Vulpe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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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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