We found 5 bariatric surgeons who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Dr. Sorensen's areas of clinical interest 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 attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Missouri Health System for residency. Dr. Sorensen is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Joshua Langert works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Langert is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, HCA Midwest Physicians, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Nicole Fearing practices bariatric surgery. Dr. Fearing is professionally affiliated with HCA Midwest Physicians and Menorah Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. The average patient rating for Dr. Fearing is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Tanyaradzwa Kajese, who practices in Overland Park, KS, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kajese completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kajese include laparoscopic hernia repair, gastric bypass surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Kajese's hospital/clinic affiliations include HCA Midwest Physicians and 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 is an Overland Park, KS physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Lopez studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally 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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