We found 5 bariatric surgeons who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Lenexa, KS.

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Dr. George Brent Sorensen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500b
Overland Park, KS

Dr. G. Sorensen's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Sorensen's areas of expertise consist of gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Missouri Health System.

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Clinical interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Stomach Problems, Abdominal Wall ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicole Marie Fearing, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5701 W 119th Street; Suite 320
Overland Park, KS

Dr. Nicole Fearing is a bariatric surgery specialist in Overland Park, KS. After attending the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Patients rated Dr. Fearing highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua S Langert, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
10730 Nall Avenue; #101
Overland Park, KS

Dr. Joshua Langert is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of George Washington University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Langert takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and more.

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Clinical interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Appendectomy, Hernia Surgery, Colon Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tanyaradzwa Miriam Wyatt Kajese, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
5701 West 119th Street; #305
Overland Park, KS

Dr. Tanyaradzwa Kajese's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Kajese's clinical interests include laparoscopic hernia repair, gastric bypass surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. She is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hiatal Hernia, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse Joseph Lopez Jr., DO
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
10730 Nall Avenue; Suite 200
Overland Park, KS

Dr. Jesse Lopez specializes in bariatric surgery. Dr. Lopez accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.

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What is Bariatric 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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