We found 6 bariatric surgeons who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Staten Island, NY.

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Dr. George S Ferzli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Critical Care
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. George Ferzli's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). After completing medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, he performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Ferzli an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Ferzli's professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Bradley Franklin Schwack, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3453 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Bradley Schwack specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in New York, NY, Staten Island, NY, and Pomona, NY. His areas of expertise include stomach problems, gallbladder problems, and hernia surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwack accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. Dr. Schwack has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Schwack (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA NY Harbor Health Care System - Manhattan Campus and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Fundoplication, Intestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea S Bedrosian, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
3453 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Andrea Bedrosian is a medical specialist in bariatric surgery. Dr. Bedrosian attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Bedrosian's residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). These areas are among Dr. Bedrosian's clinical interests: gastrectomy, ulcers, and gallbladder problems. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bedrosian honors. Dr. Bedrosian (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and French. Dr. Bedrosian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hackensack University Medical Center, NYU Langone Brooklyn Gastroenterology Associates, and Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men's Health.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Intestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Abdominal Surgery, Ulcers, Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Corneliu Theodur Vulpe, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
65 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Corneliu Vulpe specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Staten Island, NY and Brooklyn, NY. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Vulpe graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. For his residency, Dr. Vulpe trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Vulpe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South and NYU Langone Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Christine Ren-Fielding is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Ren-Fielding attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ren-Fielding include obesity, fundoplication, and metabolism. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ren-Fielding accepts. She is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Fundoplication, Surgical Procedures, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rabih Antoine Nemr, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
430 Dongan Hills Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Rabih Nemr works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Staten Island, NY and Brooklyn, NY. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Nemr is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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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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