We found 4 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1418 near Miami, FL.

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Dr. Zaher Issam Nuwayhid, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
800 Sw 108 Avenue; Suite 100
Miami, FL

Dr. Zaher Nuwayhid's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Nuwayhid (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Nuwayhid has indicated that his clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital West and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Nuwayhid honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Jorge Luis Sosa, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, Other
3499 W 4th Avenue; Suite 201
Hialeah, FL

Dr. Jorge Sosa is a specialist in bariatric surgery. He works in Hialeah, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Sosa include sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and laparoscopic gastric banding. He is professionally affiliated with Palmetto General Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss, Duodenal Switch, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

Dr. Emanuele Lo Lo Menzo, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1611 Nw 12th Avenue; Box 016960 M851
Miami, FL

Dr. Emanuele Menzo practices surgery. His areas of expertise include ventral hernia, achalasia, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Menzo is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of Catania Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Menzo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Menzo is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Maryland General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Inguinal Hernia, Revision Surgery, Bile Duct Stones, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
3650 Nw 82nd Avenue; Suite 302
Doral, FL

Dr. Nestor Munoz is a specialist in surgery. He works in Doral, FL. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Munoz graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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  • Volume: 61
  • Charge (avg.): $7,219 - $9,193
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,229 - $2,117

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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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