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We found 7 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept United Healthcare PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Vadim Sherman, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; 16th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Vadim Sherman is a general surgeon. Dr. Sherman obtained his medical school training at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sherman include ulcers, esophageal surgery, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Sherman's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Todd Anthony Worley, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6431 Fannin Street; Suite 4.168 Msb
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Todd Worley sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Worley is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Worley include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and minor surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Worley trained at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Worley has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Worley is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Minor Surgery, Obesity, Esophageal Surgery, Endoscopy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick Ray Reardon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Patrick Reardon is a general surgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Reardon's clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colon cancer, and esophageal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reardon takes. Dr. Reardon has an open panel. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Reardon has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Obesity, Laparoscopic Small ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $9,302
  • Medicare Cost: $1,780
Dr. Brian Mirza, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Mirza, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. He is especially interested in laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. On average, patients gave Dr. Mirza a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Workers' Compensation, and more. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mirza's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nabil Tariq, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nabil Tariq is a specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Tariq include stomach surgery, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tariq is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Gallstones, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Esophageal Surgery, Endoscopy, Stomach Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kyle Wayne Stephens, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kyle Stephens practices adult critical care and general surgery in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Texas City, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stephens's areas of expertise include laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stephens honors. Dr. Stephens is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. For his professional training, Dr. Stephens completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Endoscopy, Skin Lesions, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Mathew Morris, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lee Morris' specialties are general practice and general surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Morris's clinical interests include stomach surgery, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Morris graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and then he performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Esophageal Surgery, Stomach ... (Read more)

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What is Weight Loss 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.