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Dr. Richard Lark Dicicco, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 South Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Richard Dicicco specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Dicicco's areas of expertise include gastric bypass surgery, nephrectomy (kidney removal), and sleeve gastrectomy. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Dicicco attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. He takes 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, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Joint Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 S Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Wilfred Aguila practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Aguila a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Aguila is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $1,992
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $941
Dr. David Franciso Echevarria, MD
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Echevarria is a surgery specialist. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Echevarria completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Clinical interests for Dr. Echevarria include breast biopsy, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Echevarria's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Liver Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Mastectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald J Straub, DO
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Donald Straub is a specialist in surgery. Dr. Straub's clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes residency programs at UPMC McKeesport Hospital and Polyclinic Medical Center. Dr. Straub is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

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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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