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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 works as a general surgeon in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Sherman include ulcers, esophageal surgery, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Sherman studied medicine at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He trained at a hospital affiliated with McGill University for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sherman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sherman has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He welcomes new patients.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Worley's clinical interests include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and minor surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Dr. Worley attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Worley has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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's medical specialty is general surgery. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colon cancer, and esophageal surgery. Dr. Reardon's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reardon takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is general surgery. His areas of expertise consist of laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Dr. Mirza is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown, Dr. Mirza attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mirza is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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 practices general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Tariq is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Tariq include stomach surgery, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. 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. Dr. Tariq is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Stephens has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Stephens is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo.

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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' specialty is general surgery. Dr. Morris has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include stomach surgery, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic colectomy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Morris's education and training includes medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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.