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 is a specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ferzli accepts. He graduated from Saint Joseph University of Beirut and then he performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Ferzli's professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), and NYU Lutheran Associates. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Bradley Schwack's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Schwack include stomach problems, hernia surgery, and hernia. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Schwack trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). He has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Schwack (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Schwack is affiliated with VA NY Harbor Health Care System - Manhattan Campus and NYU Langone.

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

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

Dr. Andrea Bedrosian's area of specialization is bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bedrosian include gastrectomy, ulcers, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Dr. Bedrosian accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bedrosian graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For Dr. Bedrosian's residency, Dr. Bedrosian trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). In addition to English, Dr. Bedrosian (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and French. Dr. Bedrosian's hospital/clinic affiliations include NYU Lutheran Associates and Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men's Health.

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

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

Dr. Christine Ren-Fielding works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Her clinical interests include obesity, fundoplication, and metabolism. Dr. Ren-Fielding is affiliated with NYU Langone. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ren-Fielding at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Corneliu Vulpe is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Vulpe attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Vulpe takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vulpe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South and NYU Lutheran Associates. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Rabih Nemr is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Staten Island, NY and Brooklyn, NY. He honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Nemr performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Lutheran Associates.

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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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