We found 4 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Coventry Catastrophic HMO PD near Tampa, FL.

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Richard Dicicco MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 S. Habana; Suite 160
Tampa, FL

Dr. Richard Dicicco's areas of specialization are general practice, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Dicicco is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dicicco include nephrectomy (kidney removal), sleeve gastrectomy, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Dicicco completed his residency training at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastric Bypass Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Bariatric Revision Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Revision Arthroplasty, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Liver D ... (Read more)

Dr Wilfred Aguila MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
508 S Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL

Dr. Wilfred Aguila is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Aguila attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Aguila is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $1,992
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $941
Dr David Franciso Echevarria MD
Specializes in Surgery
Average rating 3.62 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. David Echevarria specializes in surgery and practices in Tampa, FL. Dr. Echevarria's areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder problems. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Echevarria's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Liver Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Mastectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, B ... (Read more)

Dr Donald J Straub DO
Specializes in Surgery
4301 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Donald Straub practices surgery. Dr. Straub is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at UPMC McKeesport Hospital and Polyclinic Medical Center for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Straub honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Weight Loss Surgery

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

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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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