SOURCE: Kim Bariatric Institute
COLLEYVILLE, TX--(Marketwired - Aug 27, 2013) - Dr. David Kim, a bariatric surgeon, has dedicated his medical career to helping patients combat obesity. As the founder of Kim Bariatric Institute in 2003, Dr. Kim established the provisions of compassionate treatment, comprehensive care, and sharing patients' success stories as the center's guiding principles. To honor its 10-year anniversary in practice, Kim Bariatric Institute is showcasing personal success stories in an effort to help inspire individuals who are considering surgical weight loss treatment as the first step toward a healthier life. Available on the practice's website is a testimonial submission page where patients can submit the story of their weight loss journey along with any photographs they may wish to display. Patients are encouraged to share their progress, and how their weight loss transformation changed their lifestyle, as well as their relationships with family and friends.
When patients are able to experience a better quality of life as a result of their weight loss surgery, that success is something Dr. Kim and his staff remain connected to. "We celebrate our 10 year anniversary because we are here for our patients - so they can live longer and more fulfilling lives," says Dr. Kim. "Their success stories are personal to us, and this milestone represents victory, not only for my practice but also for the 6,000 plus lives that we have helped deal with the disease of morbid obesity."
As a major health problem in the U.S., more than one-third of adults are identified as obese. In June 2013, the American Medical Association also classified obesity as a disease. "This decision could be historic," says Dr. Kim. "I am hoping it will open access to care so overweight patients can receive the surgical care that they deserve."
Dr. Kim is the first bariatric surgeon in Fort Worth to perform laparoscopic gastric bypass, a less invasive form of surgery that typically results in reduced downtime and less visible scarring. He is also one of a few select bariatric surgeons in the country to offer all five major weight loss surgery procedures, which include: LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch operations, and weight loss revision surgery. Additionally, in Texas (where Kim Bariatric Institute holds two locations), more than 30 percent of the overweight population qualify for weight loss surgery.
As for the future of surgical weight loss treatment, Dr. Kim says continuing advances in surgery and technology, as well as more people learning that they have options, can only help in the fight against morbid obesity. "Public acceptance of surgery as the best treatment for morbid obesity has been slow, but is growing steadily. We have been there since the beginning, and as one of the oldest bariatric practices in North Texas, we have stood for excellence in patient care."
About David D. Kim, MD
A Fellow of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. David Kim received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Medical University's College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by fellowships in advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the Medical College of Virginia and Washington University in St. Louis. The American Society of Bariatric Surgery has named Dr. Kim a "Surgeon of Excellence." Dr. Kim was also named as a "Top Doctor" in the U.S. by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in 2011 and 2012. He is available for interview upon request.
About Bridget Holden, MD
A Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Bridget Holden received her medical degree from The University of Texas. She completed her general surgery internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Holden has performed more than a thousand surgeries, in addition to thousands more hours spent in the operating room with Dr. Kim. She is experienced in a number of weight loss surgery techniques, as well as procedures for gall bladder and hernia conditions. Dr. Holden is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the Texas Medical Association. She is available for interview upon request.
About Kim Bariatric Institute
Founded in 2003, the mission at Kim Bariatric Institute is to provide comprehensive, safe treatment plans for patients combatting obesity. As experts in life after weight loss surgery, Kim Bariatric Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach through the entirety of a patient's journey, offering programs before and after bariatric surgery to assist patients in their commitment to making healthy lifestyle changes. In addition to the weight loss surgery procedure itself, patients can attend seminars, participate in support groups, and meet with dietitians, nutritionists, exercise specialists and psychologists who serve to help them through the start of a new journey to better health.
For more information about Kim Bariatric Institute, visit drdkim.net and facebook.com/kimbariatrics.
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