Dr. Leon Katz

Bariatrics
Chester, PA
31 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Laparoscopic: It is usually done with small incisions. An instrument needs to be placed gently behind the stomach and it grasps the band. This allows the band to be... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Delicately: As a bariatric surgeon i can tell you this is a tough subject. My advise is invite your niece to go for walks with you. Mention how great it feels aft... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Not so clear: It is definitely not that simple. I believe that first you burn your excess glycogen stores so first 20 minutes burns most of the carbs that are store... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Multifactorial: A consistent lifestyle of taking in more calories then you burn on a daily basis causes weight gain. Adding exercise and changing your eating habits w... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes it does: As you can imagine any medication can cause side effects. I looked up in a pharmacopeia and Prilosec can cause liver disease, severe skin blistering ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Not yet: The findings you describe warrant getting an esophageal manometery test to see how well the esophagus functions. If the schatzki ring is the cause of ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depends on the cause: Make sure you are working closely with a pediatric rheumatologist and hepatologist (liver specialist). Generally if the cause of the bleeding is a str... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
See a urologist: As an 33 yo female there are many potential reasons for you to notice blood in your urine including a kidney stone, a bad bladder infection. You shoul... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Not really: The atkins diet tends to concentrate on proteins and fats. This can cause a person to be ketotic and build up of protein with overwhelming of the kidn... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Generally : Generally the malabsorption seen after a roux-en-y lasts for about 18 months and eventually diminishes, so iron absorption will likely improve at arou... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Increase exercise: You may benefit from simply exercising a little bit longer or at a higher intesity. Consider a pedometer to help you keep a consistent track of how ac... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Technically : Technically speaking, the clips are likely not in your liver but on the surrounding structures near the previous site of the gallbladder. While 13-24... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Talk therapy: It is certainly not unusual for people to have problems with anger management. I would think that a short course of treatment with the psychologist ma... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Brachial plexus: It is possible that you may have applied pressure to some of the nerves that travel near the region of the axilla (armpit). If this shooting pain pers... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Slow down: Your extra weight didn't come overnight nor should you lose your weight too quickly. Quick weight loss usually leads to a quick weight regain. Your be... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Not so simple: Your medical doctor or endocrinologist can answer best, but you are best of concentrating on your hg a1c level which indicates what your sugar has bee... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Inflammation: In a healthy 25 yo female it is likely due to musculoskeletal pain. Young benefit from a short course of anti inflammatory medications. Best advise is... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depression: Can't tell for sure from this email alone, but this should be taken very seriously. Your complaint should be taken as seriously as someone complaining... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Any time something is stuck in the throat and the person feels that this may need the er, it is a wise idea to be checked out. If a person swallowed t... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Lose both possibly: It all depends on how you progress with the weight loss. As long as you get adequate protein and most of your weight loss is from exercising then you ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Arrhythmia : You may have an irregular heart rhythm and your doctor may want to get a holter monitor to record the abnormal rhythm if it occurs. It may be panic at... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Do your homework : Bariatric surgery should be an option of last choice after all conservative options have been attempted (i am a busy bariattic surgeon). If your bmi i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depends on doctor: There are bariatricians and these are medical doctors who help to take care of people with use of medications. This is usually useful for people with ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes : Generally a dislocated clavicle will get better with a sling. The sling is designed to keep your arm and shoulder in a particular position. Muscles fr... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Sleep apnea is a potentially a very serious disease. The only true potential cure is weight loss. In a morbidly obese person bariatric surgery is pote... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Absolutely : Yes weight watchers, jenny craig or any of the other weight loss programs would work. It would certainly help if you worked closely with a nutritionis... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Fluid collection: A weak spot refers to an abdominal wall hernia. A seroma is a fluid collection made of serum a component of the blood stream without the red blood cel... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Go slow: First make sure that you get checked by your medical doctor to make sure that you don't have an obvious cause for the low weight like a hyperactive th... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
At this point: Most surgeons including myself recommend waiting about 4 weeks prior to exercising after major surgery. Keep in mind every one is different so you rea... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Revision ?: Your complaint of gas bloat syndrome is pretty classical after a fundollication. While it doesn't happen all the time, it occurs about 10% of the time... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Potentially: The best answer comes from knowing your personal trend. A blood sugar of 320 certainly is quite high. First step is that you need to call your pmd and... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Hard to tell: I am not an optholmologist but your description sounds serious enough that you would benefit from seei g an optholmologist as soon as possible. If not... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
The : The best answer is to reconnect with your bariatric program and surgeon. You may benefit from an adjustment. Start keeping a very honest food diary fo... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Partially yes: The staging information is generally favorable. The T3 (liothyronine) means that this tumor was involving the bowel wall but not the surrounding organ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
? CBT: Cognitive behavior modification helps you to reprogram the way you think about certain situations and how to respond differently in the future. As wit... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Consider salt intake: It is relatively unusual for hands to swell, normally people get swelling in their feet. The extra 10 pounds may contribute to some fluid retention if... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Don't waste time: Instead of fighting the cravings, use substitution. I would recommend meeting with a nutritionist who can listen to your specific cravings and suggest... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Likely as advised: In a 25 yo person statistically hemorrhoids or fissure are most likely. If there is a history of crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis in the family t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 31 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
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Testimonials
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Dec 8, 2012
Dr Katz is very knowledgable and capable.
HealthTap member
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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