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We found 8 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept United Healthcare PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Rafi Sirop Bidros, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rafi Bidros practices plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: facial problems, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and minor surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bidros honors. Dr. Bidros attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

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

Dr. Vadim Sherman is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general surgery. He attended The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with McGill University for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Sherman include ulcers, esophageal surgery, and crohn's disease. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sherman honors. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. 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 is a general surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and minor surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Worley is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago's residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Worley has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Worley's practice 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 is a general surgeon in Houston, TX. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reardon include obesity, colon cancer, and esophageal surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Reardon is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Reardon has received professional recognition including the following: 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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mirza is especially interested in laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. Before completing his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown, Dr. Mirza attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mirza is professionally 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: 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 has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tariq include 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 accepts. 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)

Dr. Kyle Wayne Stephens, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6550 Fannin Street; Suite 2435
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kyle Stephens is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Dr. Stephens is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Stephens is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Morris's clinical interests: stomach surgery, esophageal surgery, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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 has an open panel. After attending Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school, Dr. Morris completed his residency training 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.