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

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 is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Her areas of expertise consist of robotic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Renza-Stingone attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Westchester Medical Center and Rhode Island Hospital. She has received distinctions including Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (Operation Enduring Freedom VIII); and NATO Medal for Service. Dr. Renza-Stingone is affiliated with Drexel Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Andres Castellanos' areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from the University of Zulia School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Castellanos focuses on obesity, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Castellanos is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Castellanos include: Outsanding clinical teaching award, Biomedical engineering school; Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctors"; and "Best Doctor in America" (2009, 2010 and 2011). He is conversant in Spanish. He is 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. John Edward Meilahn, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3401 North Broad Street, Department of Surgery; Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Meilahn practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Meilahn is affiliated with Temple University Hospital (TUH) and Chestnut Hill Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for his residency. Dr. Meilahn takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Philadelphia, PA, Springfield, PA, and Darby, PA. His professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Physician Network, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. Dr. Ramachandra trained at Christiana Care Health System for his residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Ramachandra average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Piotr Krecioch is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Physician Network, and Nazareth Hospital. Dr. Krecioch honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. After completing medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, he performed his residency 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.
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