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 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Robert Carpenter is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carpenter attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Carpenter completed a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Carpenter's distinctions 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.

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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 A Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Temple, TX. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rodriguez honors. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Rodriguez's residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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 E Symmonds Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Richard Symmonds is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Temple, TX. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Symmonds performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Symmonds has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1978-1979.

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

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $4,689 - $5,295
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $348 - $854
Dr. David Anders Provost Jr., MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Provost is a bariatric surgery specialist in Temple, TX and Denton, TX. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Provost's residency was performed at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Provost is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $4,928 - $6,044
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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.
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