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

Dr. Sean Harbison's specialty is surgery. Dr. Harbison is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Harbison include lipoma, achalasia, and inguinal hernia repair. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Graduate Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Harbison has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2015-2017.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery

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

Noel Norman Williams MD
Specializes in Surgery
average rating 3.75 stars (3 ratings)
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Noel Williams is a specialist in surgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Williams has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. 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. Dr. Williams is 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)

Alan L. Schuricht M.D.
Specializes in Surgery
average rating 3.25 stars (6 ratings)
800 Walnut Street; Penn Medicine Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Schuricht is a surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Schuricht's clinical interests: cancer surgery, achalasia, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Schuricht completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Schuricht has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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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)

Steven Eugene Raper MD
Specializes in Surgery, Critical Care
average rating 4.75 stars (1 rating)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; 4th Floor, Department of Gi Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steven Raper's specialties are surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). His clinical interests include cancer surgery, achalasia, and gastrostomy (G-tube insertion). Dr. Raper's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received distinctions including 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)

Matt L. Kirkland MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
average rating 4.75 stars (4 ratings)
700 Spruce Street; Garfield Duncan Building, Suite 305
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Matt Kirkland's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kirkland's clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and paget's disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kirkland obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues in 2002 and 2010 - 2017. His hospital/clinic 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, Gallstones, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver ... (Read more)

Gary B. Korus MD
Specializes in Surgery
average rating 4.83 stars (3 ratings)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Korus sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. His medical specialty is surgery. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, achalasia, and gastrostomy (G-tube insertion). He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Korus is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2008, 2009 Top Docs issue.

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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)

Daniel T. Dempsey MD
Specializes in Surgery, Critical Care
average rating 1.5 stars (1 rating)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Daniel Dempsey sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialties are surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Dempsey's clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and achalasia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Dempsey accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors annually since; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America bi-annually since 2003 and in 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

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

David S. Wernsing MD
Specializes in Surgery
800 Walnut Street; Penn Medicine Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Wernsing's specialty is surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wernsing include cancer surgery, achalasia, and inguinal hernia. Dr. Wernsing accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Wernsing attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 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: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Achalasia, Inguinal Hernia, Liver Tumor, Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, ... (Read more)

Ian S. Soriano M.D.
Specializes in Surgery
average rating 3.37 stars (4 ratings)
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ian Soriano is a surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Soriano's clinical interests: inguinal hernia, colon polyps, and laparoscopic gastric banding. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Soriano attended medical school at 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, 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, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Cellulitis, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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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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