Dr. Neil Floch & Dr. Craig Floch
NAMED "TOP DOCS" 2016
BY CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE
DR. NEIL FLOCH
DR. CRAIG FLOCH
It is a very high honor to be selected as a “TOP DOC” among one’s peers. Over 5,000 questionnaires were sent to Connecticut doctors. They were asked to recommend doctors that they would seek to provide care for them and their loved ones. We are proud that both Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch were selected to be part of this elite group. Both of them have been selected “TOP DOCS” every year since their category was created by the magazine.
WHY WE ARE OBESE AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
(LIVING WELL AT EVERY AGE MAGAZINE)
WHY WE ARE OBESE AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
(YOUR HEALTH MAGAZINE)
DR. NEIL FLOCH AND DR. CRAIG FLOCH
NAMED "TOP DOCS" 2015
BY CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE
It is a very high honor to be selected as a "TOP DOC" among one's peers. Over 5,000 questionnaires were sent to Connecticut doctors. They were asked to recommend doctors that they would seek to provide care for them and their loved ones. We are proud that both Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch were selected to be part of this elite group. Both of them have been selected, "TOP DOCS" every year since their category was created by the magazine. Please click on the following link for Connecticut Magazine's complete profile of Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch. http://bit.ly/1Inaga8
A BARRIER, STITCH, BALLOON - AND WEIGHT LOSS!
CONGRATULATIONS DR. ABE FRIDMAN
Dr. Abe Fridman was invited to author an article in the first edition of The American Society of Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) textbook on bariatric surgery. This textbook is the most authoritative book on bariatric surgery and Dr. Fridman's article appears in this first edition.
DR NEIL FLOCH SELECTED AS A TOP DOCTOR
DIABETES IN 40% OF AMERICANS:
CAN WE PREVENT THE EPIDEMIC?
HOW DO WE FIGHT DIABETES, OBESITY?
DR. NEIL FLOCH AND DR. CRAIG FLOCH
NAMED "TOP DOCS" 2014
BY CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE
It is a very high honor to be selected as a “TOP DOC” among one’s peers. Over 5,000 questionnaires were sent to Connecticut doctors. They were asked to recommend doctors that they would seek to provide care for them and their loved ones. We are proud that both Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch were selected to be part of this elite group. Please click on the following link for the complete profile of Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch. http://bit.ly/1kyQTAN
CHANGING A DIAGNOSIS WITH METABOLIC SURGERY
Mary rolled into my office in a wheelchair. She was 65 years old and suffered from high blood pressure that became increasingly difficult to control. Her blood sugar levels were elevated in the past but now were consistent with Type 2 Diabetes.
Mary was morbidly obese and had all of the medical problems associated with a condition known as metabolic syndrome. She now had Type 2 Diabetes and was at risk for heart disease. Her health was deteriorating and would affect the number of years she would live, not to mention the quality of her life. Her medical doctor sent her to have metabolic surgery in hopes to cure her metabolic syndrome. The cause of metabolic syndrome is believed to have a genetic component and a relation to weight gain. It develops as cells become increasingly resistant to the ability of insulin. As a result, the body's ability to deal with the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of our body is compromised.
Strong evidence now exists from multiple long-term studies that metabolic surgery can cure metabolic diseases such as glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. In a study from the October 2013 issue of Annals of Surgery, doctors from the Cleveland Clinic showed that metabolic disease remained in remission at six years after metabolic surgery according to the strictest standards. Type 2 diabetes was in remission in 50% of patients and markedly improved in another 34%. The surgeons at Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists, P.C. perform metabolic surgery at Norwalk Hospital, St. Vincent's Medical Center, and Griffin Hospital, all of which have comprehensive programs to support the patient pre-operatively and post-operatively. In most cases, these procedures are minimally invasive and require only a short hospital stay. Ask Mary, she no longer carries the diagnosis of metabolic surgery and at over 100 pounds lighter, she walked out of my office off most all her medications.
Visit www.endtheweight.com for more information.
SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY AND GASTRIC BYPASS CURE METABOLIC SYNDROME
The cure of metabolic syndrome is believed to have a genetic component and a relation to weight gain. It develops as cells become increasingly resistant to the uptake of insulin. As a result, the body's ability to deal with the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of our body is compromised. Physicians traditionally treat metabolic syndrome with medications, exercise, and dieting. Weight loss medications are rarely prescribed.
There is another solution known as metabolic surgery. Two of the most common procedures are laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. There are multiple long-term studies that show metabolic surgery can cure metabolic diseases such as glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.
In the October 2013 issue of Annals of Surgery, doctors from the Cleveland Clinic showed that metabolic disease remained in remission at six years after metabolic surgery according to the strictest standards. Type 2 diabetes was in remission is 50% of patients and markedly improved in another 34%. Long-term control or cure rates were 73%, 72%, 80%, and 62% for the respective metabolic disease of low HDL, high LDL, high triglyceridemia (measurement of cholesterol), and hypertension.
These procedures are most successful and safe when performed at an American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery certified Center of Excellence. Norwalk Hospital is one of two facilities that meet this standard at which the surgeons at Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists, P.C. perform metabolic surgery. In most cases, these procedures are minimally invasive and require only a short hospital stay. Having your procedure performed at a Center of Excellence means that you are in the hands of a facility and professionals that are held to the highest standards and will result in the best outcomes.
Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists, P.C. is located at 148 East Avenue in Norwalk. Call them at 203.899.0744 to schedule an appointment.
DR NEIL FLOCH AND DR. CRAIG FLOCH
NAMED"TOP DOCS" 2013
BY CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE
It is a highly esteemed honor to be selected as a "TOP DOC" among one's peers. Over 5,000 questionnaires were sent to Connecticut doctors. They were asked to recommend doctors that they would seek to provide care for them and their loved ones. We are proud that both Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch were selected to be part of this elite group. The Top Docs weight loss surgeon category was created three years ago, and both doctors have been designated "TOP DOCS" for the past three consecutive years. Please click on the following link for the complete profile of Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch. http://bit.ly/17eJ4GU
Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists
Voted Best Weight Loss Center
Of Fairfield County 2013
Doctors use technology to advance surgeries
Saying "good-bye" to reflux through surgery
By Kate Czaplinski
For many, surgery sounds like a last resort, to be avoided at all costs.
But for some of the many who suffer from acid reflux - when preventative measures and medications don't work - surgery is a long-term, effective solution, according to Dr. Neil Floch, M.D.
Floch a surgeon with Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists, P.C. has performed acid reflux surgeries for about 14 years and is one of the pioneers in the field.
"As a surgeon, you don't like to do surgery if you don't have to," Floch said. "But the long-term effects of medications can be problematic.
"Surgery becomes more of a viable and desirable option to permanently get rid of the problem."
The option is growing in popularity with many patients.
"The amount of surgery I've done in the past year or two has at least doubled," Dr. Floch said.
Floch says acid reflux is an overwhelming problem that affects many Americans. A Gallup poll shows that more than 44 percent of adults suffer from severe acid reflux at least once a month.
The stomach produces acid for the digestion of food, and when working properly, a muscular valve between the esophagus and stomach, called the lower esophageal sphincter, opens to allow food to pass after swallowing. When not working properly. the valve allows acid and bile to escape the stomach and leak back into the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by stomach acid and often leads to heartburn and regurgitation. Other problems can continue to reflux, like the presence of a hiatus hernia, which is a sliding of the upper stomach into the chest, or overproduction of stomach acid.
A number of medications on the market treat GERD symptoms but research is finding that patients who take it for long periods of time - 10 to 15 years - can experience side-effects, like nutrient deficiencies or polyps or growths in the stomach.
If medication controls the symptoms and patients and patients don't have any other problems they can remain on it," Floch said. "Then there are those people who are on medication but still get symptoms or other patients who take medication but have a bad response to it."
"Some people may have other issues that would make surgery a better fit. For example, If someone suffers a hiatal hernia, surgery is the only way to get rid of it and medication will only cover up the problem.
"Several surgeries are available," Floch said. "Think of them as less invasive and more invasive.
The more invasive and specialized surgery is called Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. Dr. Floch is one of the most prominent surgeons in the country who performs the surgery.
The purpose of the surgery is to strengthen the valve between the stomach and esophagus. It is also used for patients who need hiatal hernia repair, "Studies show it cures the reflux in 90 to 95 percent of patients," Floch said. "Its the most invasive but also the most successful."
Recently, because many patients want to avoid surgery, there is an incision-less procedure called, Esophyx.
"It's done with a scope in the mouth," Floch said.
The procedure reconstructs a durable "anti-reflux" valve and tightens the lower esophageal sphincter.
Learning more: Dr. Floch is holding free seminars monthly at Fairfield County Bariatrics. To learn more call the office at 203-899-0744 or visit antireflux.com. Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists had offices throughout the area including Fairfield, Norwalk, and Stamford.
"We want to educate patients on their options," Floch said. "Many people think they need to take medicine for the rest of their lives, which can be costly and have side-effects."
Talk of the Town Winner
The Talk of the Town awards program was created to showcase businesses ranked by consumers as the best in their respective field. It is awarded to those who excel in customer care. This year, again, only the very best have been selected to receive the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award. Based on the research gathered during the past 12 months, Dr. Neil Floch has earned top honors and has his own award page on the Talk of the Town website. It can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1eHTUZz.
Talk of the Town News monitors positive and negative reviews, blogs, business-rating services, social networks, and other industry resources to determine the highest-rated and top-reviewed business in all 50 states of the country and parts of Canada.
The Hour: FDA loosens belt on weight loss surgery
(featuring Dr. Neil Floch)
FAIRFIELD SUN HEADLINES FCB AND OUR
CONTRIBUTION THE THE FDA APPROVED
EXPANDED USE OF THE LAP-BAND®
IS WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY FOR YOU?
INCISIONLESS SURGERY AT NORWALK HOSPITAL CORRECTS ACID REFLUX
HERSAM ACORN ARTICLE;
NOW AN OPTION FOR MANY MORE AMERICANS
THE HERSAM ACORN NEWSPAPERS' HEALTH & FITNESS SUPPLEMENT FEATURED AN ARTICLE ON THE FDA PANEL'S RULING TO REDUCE THE BMI TO 30 FOR GASTRIC-BANDING SURGERY. THE ARTICLE ALSO FEATURED THE ROLE FAIRFIELD COUNTY BARIATRICS PLAYED IN THE STUDY THAT LED TO THE NEW RULING
There is hope for the 64 million Americans who suffer from obesity. Gastric-banding surgery is now an option for many Americans. Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch are featured in a current article in the Health and Fitness Supplement for the Hersam Acorn Newspaper Group. They discussed the PDA Panel's vote in favor of lowering the BMI to 30 for lap-band weight loss surgery. They also discussed Fairfield County Bariatrics' participation, as one of only seven practices in the country, that led to this new ruling. Click on the link below to reach the entire article:
NORWALK HOSPITAL SURGEON OPERATES ON CUTTING EDGE
Headlined The Daily Norwalk on December 30, 2010.
Dr. Neil Floch, Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Norwalk Hospital is among the pioneers in the high tech concept of real medicine stated The Daily Norwalk in its article relating to the Esophy-X solution for treating chronic reflux disease.
"Procedures, such as the Esophy-X solution we now use to treat chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), are definitely revolutionizing surgery specifically and medicine in general," says Dr. Floch.
When asked if he ever thought he'd be operating on the cutting edge, as it were, of science Dr. Floch responded, "I'm just happy to offer my patients the best that technology has to offer right now. That in itself is a fantastic voyage."
Please click on the following link to view the entire article:
NETTER'S GASTROENTEROLOGY - SURGEON, PAINTER, AUTHOR
Dr. Neil Floch not only studied biology and organic chemistry in college, he actually graduated as an art history major at Tufts University. It is a little-known fact that he is an avid and talented oil painter. He had always admired the medical artwork of Dr. Frank Netter, who is considered the Leonardo DaVinci of medical artwork.
Five years ago, Dr. Floch was approached to write chapters for The Frank Netter book on Gastroenterology. The first edition was a worldwide bestseller and is now published in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, and Chinese, among other languages. Because of the recognition, this publication has achieved internationally, Doctor Floch's name may be better recognized throughout the world than here in the United States.
The first edition included over 100 pages on chapters involving the anatomy and surgery of the esophagus and stomach, of which Dr. Floch is an expert surgeon.
The second edition, which was published in 2009, also includes two chapters on obesity surgery which Dr. Floch wrote with his friend and associate, Dr. Raul Rosenthal of the Cleveland Clinic, Weston Florida."The book is an excellent reference for medical students, primary care physicians, surgeons, and gastroenterologists," explains Dr. Floch's father, Martin H. Floch, the editor of the publication. The book can be found on Amazon.com.
A MARATHON OF CHANGES
A Marathon of Changes, written by Jo Ann Miller, recalls her battle with obesity and her successful gastric bypass performed by Dr. Craig Floch. Ms. Miller is the daughter of Lt. General Thomas Miller (USMC), former head of Marine Aviation and the goddaughter of Senator John Glenn (Ret.) who wrote the foreword to the book.
in 2006, Jo Ann Miller had bariatric surgery. She eventually lost 150 lbs. and ran in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. With an irregular schedule, she wound up eating at all the wrong times and eventually weighed 300 lbs. She finally decided on a set of goals for her life that included becoming fit. The fitness goal came through bariatric surgery.
With the help of Dr. Craig Floch, she navigated through the difficult choices and lifestyle changes that helped shed half her weight and keep it off. She said,"I'd always lost pounds, but then I'd just put them back on." Now she was succeeding.
Read Jo An Miller's inspirational story on how she overcame obesity and other difficulties in her life. The profits from this book are being donated to the BP victims in the Gulf and a local Westport charity.
Drs Floch Win 2009 Best Physicians Award as Voted By Their Peers
DR. NEIL FLOCH AND DR. CRAIG FLOCH HAVE BEEN VOTED "TOP DOCTORS"
IN THE 2009 CONSUMERS GUIDE TO TOP DOCTORS
This guide provides the reader with the information they would need to help them choose the right doctors. It lists the Top-Rated Physicians in America's largest Metropolitan areas. These are doctors who are most highly recommended by other doctors. Details on each doctor's training, credentials, and office locations are provided.
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"Caring for the human organism is an exceedingly complex business, and not all doctors are equally prepared for the challenge. What's more, practicing medicine requires continual learning. ?Not all doctors have the same time, commitment or ability to grow in the profession."
This guide has collected recommendations from many thousands of doctors. It draws on what doctors learn about other doctors by reputation and by working with each other on individual cases, in carrying out hospital staff responsibilities, and in other professional activities.
The guide is a special publication of Consumers' CHECKBOOK, a nonprofit research organization widely respected for over 30 years for producing consumer-oriented evaluations of physicians, hospitals, health plans, and other health care providers.