We found 5 bariatric surgeons who accept Aetna Leap Specialty near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Andres Enrique Castellanos, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
219 N Broad Street; 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Andres Castellanos' specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Castellanos attended the University of Zulia School of Medicine. He is especially interested in obesity, hernia, and robotic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Castellanos is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. His distinctions include: Outsanding clinical teaching award, Biomedical engineering school; Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctors"; and "Best Doctor in America" (2009, 2010 and 2011). In addition to English, Dr. Castellanos speaks Spanish. Dr. Castellanos is professionally affiliated with Drexel Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Biliary Disorders, Weight Loss, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Patricia Renza-Stingone, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
219 N. Broad Street; The Arnold T. Berman, Md Building, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Renza-Stingone's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among Dr. Renza-Stingone's clinical interests: obesity, breast surgery, and robotic surgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Westchester Medical Center and Rhode Island Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Renza-Stingone include: Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (Operation Enduring Freedom VIII); and NATO Medal for Service. She is professionally affiliated with Drexel Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Breast Surgery, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. John Edward Meilahn, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3401 North Broad Street, Department of Surgery; Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Meilahn specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Meilahn has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Meilahn's professional affiliations include Temple University Hospital (TUH) and Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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Dr. Prashanth R Ramachandra, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
501 South 54th Street; Suite 226
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Physician Network, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. He completed his residency training at Christiana Care Health System. The average patient rating for Dr. Ramachandra is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Dr. Peter Krecioch, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
230 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Piotr Krecioch's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Physician Network, and Nazareth Hospital. Dr. Krecioch is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Krecioch's training includes a residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital. He is conversant in Polish.

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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.