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Dr. Alan Leslie Schuricht, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1865 Route 70 East; 2nd Floor
Cherry Hill, NJ

Dr. Alan Schuricht's medical specialty is surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, achalasia, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Schuricht is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After completing medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. David S Tichansky, MD
Specializes in Surgery
443 Laurel Oak Road; Suite 100
Voorhees, NJ

Dr. David Tichansky's medical specialty is surgery. His clinical interests include obesity, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Tichansky graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Tichansky has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tichansky takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Aoa and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass 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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