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Sean P Harbison
Specializes in Surgery
3401 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Sean Harbison works as a surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harbison include lipoma, achalasia, and inguinal hernia repair. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harbison honors. Before performing his residency at Graduate Hospital, Dr. Harbison attended Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Harbison has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2015-2017. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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, Gallbladder Cancer, Fundoplication, Bile Duct Surgery, Gallbladder Problems, Gastrointest ... (Read more)

Noel Norman Williams MD
Specializes in Surgery
Average rating 3.75 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Noel Williams sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. His medical specialty is surgery. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Williams is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He has received distinctions including 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

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

Alan L Schuricht MD
Specializes in Surgery
Average rating 3.07 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
301 S 8th Street; Suite 4a
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Alan Schuricht is a physician who specializes in surgery. After completing medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Schuricht performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schuricht include cancer surgery, achalasia, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Schuricht has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. His professional affiliations include 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

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 out of 5 (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). Clinical interests for Dr. Raper include cancer surgery, achalasia, and gastrostomy (G-tube insertion). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raper accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Raper has received the following distinctions: 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

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 out of 5 (4 ratings)
700 Spruce Street; Suite 507
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Matt Kirkland is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Kirkland include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and paget's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kirkland honors. Dr. Kirkland has received distinctions including 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

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

Gary B Korus MD
Specializes in Surgery
Average rating 4.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Gary Korus' specialty is surgery. Before completing his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Korus attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, achalasia, and gastrostomy (G-tube insertion). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 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. Korus has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2008, 2009 Top Docs issue. His hospital/clinic 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

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

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

Dr. David Wernsing is a specialist in surgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, achalasia, and inguinal hernia. Dr. Wernsing is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include 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

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

Daniel T Dempsey MD
Specializes in Surgery, Critical Care
Average rating 1.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Daniel Dempsey's areas of specialization are surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Dempsey include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and achalasia. Dr. Dempsey's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dempsey attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Dempsey has received professional recognition including the following: 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

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

Ian S Soriano MD
Specializes in Surgery
Average rating 3.37 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Ian Soriano works as a surgeon. Dr. Soriano's areas of expertise include the following: inguinal hernia, colon polyps, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. In addition to English, he 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

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Cellulitis, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastrointestinal Biop ... (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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