We found 5 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept United Healthcare ACD near Boston, MA.

Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
50 Staniford Street; 4th Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Matthew Hutter is a general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery specialist. Dr. Hutter's clinical interests include diverticular disease, stomach surgery, and colon surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hutter is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Anesthesiology
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Stuart Forman is a specialist in anesthesiology. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Forman attended Harvard Medical School. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Forman honors. Dr. Forman has received distinctions including Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers NIH Scientific Review Group member. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Anesthesia, Abdominal Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

Specializes in Bariatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
50 Staniford Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Sriram Machineni practices bariatric medicine in Boston, MA. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Machineni honors. Dr. Machineni is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He trained at Erie County Medical Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and Buffalo General Hospital for residency. Dr. Machineni (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Nutritional Deficiencies, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity, Medication

Specializes in Pediatrics, Bariatric Medicine, Adult Gastroenterology
50 Staniford Street; Suite 430
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Fatima Stanford, who practices in Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in bariatric medicine and adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include obesity, health promotion, and weight loss. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stanford is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia. For her professional training, Dr. Stanford completed a residency program at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Stanford has received distinctions including American Medical Association- 1st Place Health Policy Poster; American Medical Association Paul Ambrose Award; and American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Health Promotion, Weight Loss, Weight Management, Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity, Medication

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Warren 11
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Cassandra Kelleher is a pediatric surgery specialist in Boston, MA. She graduated from Harvard Medical School. Her residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelleher include gynecological problems, minimally invasive surgery, and genetic issues. Dr. Kelleher is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. In addition to English, Dr. Kelleher (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Neonatal Surgery, Esophagus Problems, Weight Loss Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Minimally ... (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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