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We found 4 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Temple, TX.

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Dr. Robert Owens Carpenter, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Robert Carpenter is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Carpenter has received include Jay W. Hillman Award for Education as the resident deemed to be the best; teacher & role model by the third and fourth year students at VSM; and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as elected by VSM students. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joaquin Angel Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 South 31th Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez practices in Temple, TX. Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rodriguez takes. Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

All Interests: Achalasia, Breast Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Earl Symmonds Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 South 31st
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Richard Symmonds is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Temple, TX. He is especially interested in abdominal surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Symmonds graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1978-1979. Dr. Symmonds is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Abdominal Surgery, Laparoscopic Sleeve ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,689 - $5,295
  • Medicare Cost: $348 - $854
Dr. David Anders Provost Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Critical Care
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Provost is a physician who specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Provost's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency. Dr. Provost has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 30
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,928 - $6,044
  • Medicare Cost: $1,186 - $1,627

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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.