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We found 6 bariatric surgeons who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Lenexa, KS.

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

Dr. G. Sorensen is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Sorensen honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Missouri Health System for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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

Dr. Stanley David Hoehn, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
9301 W 74th Street; Suite 230
Merriam, KS
 

Dr. Stanley Hoehn is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Hoehn is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hoehn is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is affiliated with Shawnee Mission Health.

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

Dr. Nicole Fearing, who practices in Overland Park, KS, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Fearing is 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fearing honors. After attending the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Fearing completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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

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

Dr. Joshua Langert specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Langert is professionally 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. For his residency, Dr. Langert trained at George Washington University Medical Center. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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

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

Dr. Jesse Lopez's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Lopez is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Tanyaradzwa Kajese's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Kajese include laparoscopic hernia repair, gastric bypass surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Kajese is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Kajese attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.

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

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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.