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We found 5 bariatric surgeons who accept Humana Gold near Metairie, LA.

Dr. Ruary Cilian OConnell, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4429 Clara Street
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Ruary O'Connell works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Covington, LA, New Orleans, LA, and Mandeville, LA. He is professionally affiliated with Ochsner and Lakeview Regional Medical Center. His training includes residency programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Connell accepts.

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Dr. Matthew S French, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4720 South I-10 Service Road; Suite 510
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Matthew French is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. French takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. French attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Thomas E Lavin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4720 I-10 Service Road; Suite 510
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Thomas Lavin is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Covington, LA and Metairie, LA. The average patient rating for Dr. Lavin is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Emory University, and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo, Dr. Lavin attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Lavin is affiliated with Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Rachel L Moore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4720 I-10 Service Road
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Rachel Moore is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Covington, LA and Metairie, LA. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moore honors. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Her professional affiliations include Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Michael Joseph J Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4720 I-10 Service Road
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Michael Thomas practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Covington, LA and Metairie, LA. His professional affiliations include Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Dr. Thomas accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. For his professional training, Dr. Thomas completed a residency program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport.

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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.