We found 7 bariatric surgeons near Edina, MN.

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Dr. Salim A Kathawalla, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Bariatric Surgery, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6490 Excelsior Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Salim Kathawalla's areas of specialization are adult critical care, bariatric surgery, and sleep medicine; he sees patients in Saint Louis Park, MN and Shakopee, MN. Dr. Kathawalla's education and training includes medical school at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College and residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. His clinical interests encompass lung problems. He is in-network for Great-West Healthcare, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. Dr. Kathawalla (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Park Nicollet Clinic - Meadowbrook, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, and St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kathawalla is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Brachytherapy, Stent Placement, Lung Problems

Dr. Luis Enrique Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6405 France Avenue S; Suite W440
Edina, MN
 

Dr. Luis Laguna's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Laguna is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Fairview Ridges Hospital and Fairview Southdale Hospital.

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Dr. Paul L Benn, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6405 France Avenue S; Suite W440
Edina, MN
 

Dr. Paul Benn is an Edina, MN physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include breast cancer. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Benn attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Top Doctor - 2012; Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Benn is conversant in French. He is professionally affiliated with Fairview Southdale Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

Dr. Thomas A Jones, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology
6500 Excelsior Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN
 

Dr. Thomas Jones' specialties are bariatric surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Jones completed his residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Jones has received distinctions including Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Park Nicollet Clinic - Meadowbrook. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Adrenalectomy, Morbid ... (Read more)

Dr. Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
913 E 26th Street; Suite 401
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Sayeed Ikramuddin's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Minneapolis, MN, Maple Grove, MN, and Se Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Ikramuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu. These areas are among his clinical interests: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). Dr. Ikramuddin's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and Regions Hospital. He attended Albany Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Ikramuddin has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; and Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Gastrostomy, Appendicitis, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Neck Pain, Bowel Resection, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Trauma Surgery
2810 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Jon Krook's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and trauma surgery. He practices in Minneapolis, MN. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Krook attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).

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Dr. Bradley Robert Pierce, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6405 France Avenue S; Suite W440
Edina, MN
 

Dr. Bradley Pierce practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: sports hernia (athletic pubalgia), breast cancer, and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Fairview Ridges Hospital and Fairview Southdale Hospital. Dr. Pierce accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Pierce attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has received the following distinctions: "Best Doctors" Minnesota Monthly Magazine; Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Top Doctor - 2014; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Sports Hernia, Breast Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery

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What is Bariatric 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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