We found 12 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Highmark Blue Shield near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Sean Patrick Harbison, MD
Specializes in Surgery
3737 Market Street; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Sean Harbison is a medical specialist in surgery. His clinical interests include lipoma, achalasia, and inguinal hernia repair. Dr. Harbison is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Graduate Hospital, Dr. Harbison attended Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Harbison's distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2015-2016. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Revision Surgery, Gallbladder Cancer, Fundoplication, Abdominal Problems, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Eugene Raper, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Critical Care
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, West Pavilion, 4th Floor; Department of Gi Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steven Raper's specialties are surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, esophageal varices, and rectal cancer. Dr. Raper is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Raper trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Raper's distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastrostomy, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Wound Complications, Gallstones, Gastritis, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Leslie Schuricht, MD
Specializes in Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Schuricht's area of specialization is surgery. Dr. Schuricht's clinical interests include cancer surgery, achalasia, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schuricht honors. Dr. Schuricht has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Achalasia, Inguinal Hernia, Liver Tumor, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Lymphadenectomy, Cellulitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Serena Cardillo, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Serena Cardillo specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Cardillo's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), type 2 diabetes, and transplant procedures. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Cardillo attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Metabolism, Transplant Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary B Korus, MD
Specializes in Surgery
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Korus is a specialist in surgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Korus's areas of expertise include the following: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Korus attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Korus has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2008, 2009 Top Docs issue. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastrostomy, Colitis, Small Bowel Resection, Gallstones, Gastritis, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Noel Norman Williams, MD
Specializes in Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Noel Williams is a surgeon. Dr. Williams attended Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Williams accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Scott Wernsing, MD
Specializes in Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Wernsing works as a surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, achalasia, and inguinal hernia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Wernsing is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he completed his residency training at Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Achalasia, Inguinal Hernia, Gastrostomy, Liver Tumor, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Raymond Stephen Price, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3400 Spruce Street; 2 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Raymond Price specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Price has indicated that his clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and nerve block. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Price completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Nerve Block, Peripheral Neuropathy, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Matt Lockwood Kirkland, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
700 Spruce Street, Garfield Duncan Building; Suite 305
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Matt Kirkland's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Kirkland's clinical interests: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Pennsylvania Hospital for residency. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Kirkland has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issues in 2002 and 2010 - 2016.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Rectal Problems, Small Bowel Resection, Colectomy, Gallstones, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Thomas Dempsey, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Critical Care
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, West Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Daniel Dempsey specializes in surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Dempsey include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and achalasia. Dr. Dempsey is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For his residency, Dr. Dempsey trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received distinctions including Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Doctors issue from 2010 - 2016; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors annually since. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Achalasia, Colitis, Gallstones, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ian Santos Soriano, MD
Specializes in Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ian Soriano practices surgery in Philadelphia, PA. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soriano include colon cancer, inguinal hernia, and inguinal hernia repair. Dr. Soriano takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. In addition to English, Dr. Soriano speaks Filipino. Dr. Soriano is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Gastrostomy, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Revision Surgery, Cellulitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Critical Care
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Neuman is a specialist in anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Neuman attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Neuman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Weight Loss Surgery

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What is Weight Loss 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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