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Dr. Brian Mirza, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Mirza is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Mirza's clinical interests include sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic colectomy, and sleep apnea. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mirza has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Sleep Problems, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sclerotherapy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Manuel Pina, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2530 W. Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Piña's area of specialization is general surgery. Dr. Piña's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Piña is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Cosmetic Surgery, Gallstones, Flexible ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vadim Sherman's area of specialization is general surgery. He attended medical school at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He trained at a hospital affiliated with McGill University for his residency. Dr. Sherman's clinical interests include ulcers, esophageal surgery, and crohn's disease. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Sherman has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Sherman is open to 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. Kyle Wayne Stephens, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kyle Stephens is a general surgery specialist in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Texas City, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stephens 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 attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. For his residency, Dr. Stephens trained at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes 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. Todd A Worley, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Todd Worley's specialty is general surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and minor surgery. Dr. Worley is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Worley honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. 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 the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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

Dr. Lee Morris' area of specialization is general surgery. His areas of expertise include stomach surgery, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Morris is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Morris attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for residency. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Patrick Reardon's area of specialization is general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reardon include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colon cancer, and esophageal surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Reardon studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Reardon an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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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)

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) in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Patients rated Dr. Tariq highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: stomach surgery, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tariq honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Tariq is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College.

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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)

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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.
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