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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 is a specialist in surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among Dr. Raper's clinical interests: cancer surgery, achalasia, and gastrostomy (G-tube insertion). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

Dr. Sean Harbison is a medical specialist in surgery. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Harbison's medical residency was performed at Graduate Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harbison include lipoma, achalasia, and inguinal hernia repair. Dr. Harbison honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2015-2017. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He 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

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

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

Dr. Noel Williams is a surgeon in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Dr. Williams's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Williams include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williams honors. After completing medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue.

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

Dr. Gary Korus practices surgery in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Korus include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Korus graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2008, 2009 Top Docs issue. His professional affiliations include 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. Alan Leslie Schuricht, MD
Specializes in Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Schuricht specializes in surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Schuricht is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schuricht include cancer surgery, achalasia, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Schuricht's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Schuricht has received the distinction of 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. Raymond Stephen Price, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3400 Spruce Street; 2 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Raymond Price specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Price has indicated that his clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and nerve block. Dr. Price is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Nerve Block, Peripheral Neuropathy, Nerve ... (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 and practices in Philadelphia, PA. She is especially interested in diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), type 2 diabetes, and transplant procedures. Dr. Cardillo takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, she speaks Italian. Dr. Cardillo is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

Dr. David Wernsing is a surgery specialist in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Wernsing include cancer surgery, achalasia, and inguinal hernia. He is 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. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and residency 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. Daniel T Dempsey, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Critical Care
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, West Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Daniel Dempsey is a surgeon and intensive care specialist. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and achalasia. Dr. Dempsey's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Doctors issue from 2010 - 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors annually since.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

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

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

Dr. Matt Kirkland works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kirkland's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kirkland include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and paget's disease. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Kirkland has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issues in 2002 and 2010 - 2017. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

Dr. Ian Soriano is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Soriano average 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include colon cancer, inguinal hernia, and inguinal hernia repair. Dr. Soriano accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Soriano's medical residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He speaks Filipino. He is professionally 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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Neuman is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Brigham and Women's Hospital's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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