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 sees patients in Temple, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Carpenter's training includes a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Carpenter an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His 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, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Endoscopic Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Anders Provost Jr., MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Provost's area of specialization is bariatric surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Provost trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for his residency. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Provost accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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

Dr. Richard Symmonds is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Symmonds is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1978-1979. Dr. Symmonds is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, ... (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. Joaquin A Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Rodriguez attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Rodriguez accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Achalasia, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Surgery, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Hernia Surgery, ... (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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