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

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

Dr. Ruary O'Connell's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. O'Connell honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. For his residency, Dr. O'Connell trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ochsner 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 medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has a special interest in gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy. His professional affiliations include Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center. 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 rated highly by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lavin accepts.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss

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

Dr. Rachel Moore sees patients in Covington, LA and Metairie, LA. Her medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Dr. Moore graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Moore honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss, Duodenal Switch, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

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. His professional affiliations include Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. French's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. French is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Touro Infirmary, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, and Lakeview Regional 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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