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

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

Dr. George Ferzli specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patients gave Dr. Ferzli an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE. He attended Saint Joseph University of Beirut and then went on to complete his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Ferzli (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), and NYU Langone Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Christine Fielding's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; she sees patients in New York, NY, Staten Island, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Fielding trained at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Fielding's clinical interests include obesity, fundoplication, and metabolism. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fielding at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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

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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. Dr. Schwack has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: stomach problems, gallbladder problems, and hernia surgery. He accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Schwack's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). He has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Schwack (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Corneliu Vulpe is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Vulpe (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital - South and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Vulpe obtained his medical school training at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Vulpe is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE. He has an open panel.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bedrosian include gastrectomy, ulcers, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Bedrosian is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Brooklyn Gastroenterology Associates. Dr. Bedrosian is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bedrosian graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For Dr. Bedrosian's professional training, Dr. Bedrosian completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Bedrosian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and French.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Intestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Abdominal Surgery, Ulcers, Hernia, ... (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. He attended Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Nemr is affiliated with NYU Langone 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.