We found 5 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Humana Platinum 500/Tampa Bay HUMx near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel El-Murr is a bariatric surgeon in Tampa, FL. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' residency program. Dr. El-Murr is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. El-Murr has received include USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 24
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,731
  • Medicare Cost: $1,839
Dr. Richard Lark Dicicco, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 South Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Richard Dicicco, who practices in Tampa, FL, Dade City, FL, and Zephyrhills, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among Dr. Dicicco's clinical interests: gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic surgery. 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 is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore's residency program. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Bayfront Health Dade City, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,039
  • Medicare Cost: $390
Dr. David Francisco Echevarria, MD
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Echevarria works as a surgeon in Tampa, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: breast biopsy, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Echevarria is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He graduated from 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). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 James Straub, DO
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Donald Straub is a medical specialist in surgery. He is especially interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Straub graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes residency programs at UPMC McKeesport Hospital and Polyclinic Medical Center. Dr. Straub takes 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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Specializes in Surgery
508 S. Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Wilfred Aguila's specialty is surgery. In Dr. Aguila's practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aguila takes. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Aguila is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Clinical Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,992
  • Medicare Cost: $941

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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.