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

Showing 1-5 of 5
Selecting one of the sort options will cause this page to reload and list providers by the selected sort order.
Elizabeth P. 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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Philadelphia, PA. Her clinical interests include obesity, breast surgery, and robotic surgery. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Renza-Stingone attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Westchester Medical Center and Rhode Island Hospital for residency. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (Operation Enduring Freedom VIII); and NATO Medal for Service. Dr. Renza-Stingone is affiliated with Drexel Medicine and St. Mary's Hospital. She is open to new patients.

Read more

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

Andres E. Castellanos MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
219 N Broad Street; 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Andres Castellanos sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Castellanos's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, hernia, and robotic surgery. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Zulia School of Medicine and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Castellanos has received the following distinctions: Outsanding clinical teaching award, Biomedical engineering school; Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctors"; and "Best Doctor in America" (2009, 2010 and 2011). He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Drexel Medicine.

Read more

Clinical interests: Weight Loss, Acid Reflux, Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hernia, Robotic ... (Read more)

John Meilahn MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 2 stars (1 rating)
3401 N Broad Street; Department of Surgery, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Meilahn's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Meilahn is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Meilahn attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Meilahn is professionally affiliated with Temple University Hospital (TUH) and Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Read more
Dr. Prashanth R. Ramachandra
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 4.77 stars (3 ratings)
501 S. 54th Street; Suite 226
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Philadelphia, PA, Springfield, PA, and Darby, PA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramachandra's professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Physician Network, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Ramachandra completed a residency program at Christiana Care Health System.

Read more
Dr. Piotr Krecioch M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
230 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Piotr Krecioch's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Philadelphia, PA, Springfield, PA, and Darby, PA. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Krecioch obtained his medical school training at Drexel University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Polish. He is affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Physician Network, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

Read more

Conditions / Treatments

Gender

Insurance

New Patients

Reviews

Medicare Patient Age

Medicare Patient Conditions

Medicare Patient Ethnicity

Medicare Patient Gender

Medicare Patient Insurance Eligibility

Additional Information

Distinctions

Foreign Language

Online Communication

Practice Affiliation

Certifications

Fellowship

Medical School

Residency

Years Since Graduation

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.
Selecting a checkbox option will refresh the page.