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Dr. Leon Katz

Bariatrics
Chester, PA
30 years experience male

Locations

Office

Chester, PA

Address

Professional office building 2, Suite 326, Chester, PA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Independence Blue Cross

Keystone Health Plan

Keystone Mercy Health Plan

Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Hello, I am Dr. Leon Katz and I am a proud father of two fantastic boys. My wife and I have been married for the last 15 years. I enjoy jazz piano and exercising.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Bariatrics

General Surgery

Languages spoken

Russian

Doctor Q&A

140 Answers
35 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Keep : Keep in mind that most of the insurance companies in United States followed the national institute of health criteria. According to the nih criteria ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Here is an option: The first question is are you over weight or obese? If your sleep apnea is due to obesity first concentrate on weight loss. If you are morbidly obese... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Yes : Yes it is certainly possible to do a gastric bypass or a lap band after a nissen fundoplication. Keep in mind that this is a very high risk procedure... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Surgery is an option: If you have a symptomatic hiatal hernia and the traditional medical treatments haven't been successful then surgery is worthwhile to consider. Discuss... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Call your surgeon: The easiest and smartest answer is to talk to your surgeon first they will know your body and the nature of surgery better than any other person on th... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
As : As the other two doctors indicated, liposuction is ideal for a pocket of fat suh as "love handles in man" or back fat in women. In an obese patient, t... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Not likely: There is certainly a difference in terms of which portion is left over after the rest is removed (right versus left colon). I am not familiar with a c... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Move it: Best way to help the bowels wake up is to walk as much as you tolerate and to limit the intake of narcotic pain meds. Keep moving, if your doctor didn... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
It depends : Usually a couple of pvc's may be very difficult for people to feel and most people would never know try had them unless they were on a heart monitor. ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
In : In terms of the vaginal bleeding being heavy, this may be a reaction to the surgery and the stress response that it can cause. Be wise and discuss the... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Yes it is: Please keep in mind that in addition to the laparoscopic band, the sleeve gastrectomy represents a good alternative option. They have been doing the b... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Not that far: Like all diets, the low calorie diets will initially provide rapid weight loss. The problem is that the body quickly recognizes that it is in starvati... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Tricky: Best bet is to see a rheumatologist first as this person deals with autoimmune disease all the time. They will do the proper work up and help direct ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Usually not: While I am not a gynecologist, generally it is advisedvdthat women gain weight during pregnancy. Your gyn can tell you the correct amount of weight th... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Not likely surgery : A sliding hiatal hernia is not unusual at all. In a young person like you it is somewhat unlikely to be the cause of pain. It depends also on how larg... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Smarter eating: At 38 yo it is possible that the hormonal changes are contributing to the weigh gain. Unfortunately when a person starts to eat much less the body fee... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Genetic counselor: A genetic counselor can get a more complete history from you and give you a more science based recommendation for you. Certainly you family history in... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
See a GI doctor: Your symptoms are pretty typical. The answer is difficult without a work up. You would definitely benefit from seeing a GI doctor who could do the app... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Many options: It is a bit hard to tell based on your description. The causes could include muscle aches or bruising. Sometimes medications like cholesterol meda can... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Generally well toler: Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors are generally very well tolerated and millions of americans use these meds. Allergies usually present very... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
There is difference : The lipoma originates from fatty tissue. A neurofibroma represents a potential genetic disease (neurofibromatosis) and simply tells the treating doct... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
The hype : Unfortunately as a doctor I am not aware of any "legitimate" or "fda approved" fat burners. Some of these are essentially medications that increase a ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Lead by example. : First step is to bring in healthier foods into the household. Next step is definitely lead by example, you eat healthier and they will follow. Consid... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Not just your food : Kiss principle : keep it simple silly. Try to decrease carbohydrates, slightly smaller portions and add exercise on a consistent basis. Congratulation... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Go slow: Make sure that you eat normally and don't reduce your caloric intake too drastically. Make sure that you exercise and use some weight exercises. Cert... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
The : The best way to lose weight is through a change in your lifestyle, including eating healthier and getting consistent exercise. If you have tried multi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Consider a pedometer: I recently started using a pedometer, Fitbit that helps you keep track of calories, steps, flights of stairs. This may add some interest to keep you m... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Poor: While the answer to your question is very disheartening, i would advise you to meet with a cancer specialist affiliated with a major institution near ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Worsening hiatal her: The symptoms you describe of gas and bloating may indicate that you are swallowing more air (not under your control). If the stomach is sitting in a c... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Muscle pain: Sometimes coughing really hard can cause a pull of the muscle. As long as your cough is getting under control then this pain should go away. If still ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Less likely: While kidney failure and heart failure can cause this, many other less horrible explanations exist especially in an othwise healthy 18 yo (my assumpti... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
With : With a large hiatal hernia and years of suffering you woul likely benefit from a discussion with a surgeon who does a good number of anti reflux surge... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Cross reaction: Certain foods and beverages can contain products that after break down can mimick certain classes of drugs. This can give you a false positive result ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Change of lifestyle: Normally graves' disease is associated with a hyperactive thyroid and leads to weight loss therefore your thyroid disease wouldn't explain the access ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Usually yes: The co2 you refer to is called bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Normal is 20-29. It can be abnormal if pt has kidney disease or lung disease. Occasio... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
YES!!!: The best way to normalize the blood sugar is by losing about 5 to 10% of current weight, depending on how heavy the child is. Usually type 2 diabetes ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
All of us: Like many things in life this one is multifactorial. Kids spend less time running and playing. Cheaper high carbohydrate foods are so much easier to g... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Congratulations : Congratulations on at least recognizing that you would greatly benefit from losing weight. First bit of advise is to remind you that a combination of... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Slow down: Be very careful about quick weight loss it usually leads to quick weight regain. You would do much better if you slowly lost your weight. Try to rejoi... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Hiatal hernia ?: Your description sounds like a piece of the food was stuck in the esophagus and this can present with the mid chest pain you describe. At age 46 heart... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Flu?: You may have the flu. Drink lots of fluids and rest. If you aren't improving in 48 hrs make sure to follow up with your doctor.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Hard to tell: It is certainly hard to say how to prevent hair from falling out. My advise is toast sure you eat a healthy diet and get lots of fluid. While i don't... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
~140 pounds : Based on a healthy body mass index of 25, at 5 ft 3 inches your bmi would be 24.8. As far as weight loss in 1 month try no more than 8 to 10 pounds ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Depends on weight: I presume pcod stands for polycystic ovarian disorder. This is a challenging one. No one knows if the pcod causes obesity or if obesity causes pcod. ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Possible other ideas: First advise is that if pain awakened you from sleep, you should see your doctor. The possible answer is gallbladder disease, less likely appendicitis... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Over 50: Usually people over 50 are at higher risk of stroke or heart attack due to more years of worse eating habits and smoking. This can happen to younger p... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Possibly: Initially a person uses up glycogen stores from the liver over 48 hours. The body then progresses to utilize protein from muscle and fatty acids. You ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Usually yes: Make sure that the protein drink is suitable for your weight loss goals. My advise is to meet with a nutritionist who can compute your nutritional nee... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Consider ER: Any pain that is sudden and sharp should be properly worked up. It doesn't necessarily mean anything horrible but common medical sense dictates a prom... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Depends on sun level: Vitamin d deficiency is quite classic in United States, especially areas with cold winters. In people that are overweight it is quite typical. The cor... Read More

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Dec 8, 2012
Dr Katz is very knowledgable and capable.
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Dec 16, 2012
I have had the honor of becoming a patient of Dr. Leon Katz M.D. I work in the healthcare community and I did my research on who's who in the weight loss surgical fields. I visited other programs and ...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
My entire life, I have struggled with my weight. I was always the "chubby, cute kid", always teased, that had a beautiful face, but the rest of me, could go to "hell in a hand basket" , hahaha......I ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks! 15+yrs, have IBS-d treated with Bentyl, worse. 5+ yrs complicated migraine, joint pain & stiffness (neck, back, hips joints).
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I have diverticulitis and I can't get my stomach, lower abdomen to stop hurting. I feel sick everyday and can't eat anything.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This info is interesting but does not address my original question. I hope I will get an answer to that. Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine
Graduated 1996MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Rochester
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston

Residency

Beth Israel Medical Center

Awards

Bausch and Lomb Medal for Science and Math, Bausch and Lomb
Top Bariatrician , First Place, Pennsylvania - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
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