KNOXVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - Apr 4, 2013) - According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), less than one percent, or approximately 200,000, of the clinically eligible population chooses to undergo weight loss surgery each year in America. Despite statistics from the ASMBS that show life expectancy can improve by as much as 89 percent following a bariatric procedure, Dr. Stephen Boyce and Dr. Robert Williams of the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville say one of the most common concerns patients express about having weight loss surgery is that it will not work for them. Drs. Boyce and Williams say their practice has recently taken great measures to put their patients at ease and reassure them of the safety of bariatric procedures in order to ensure they have the proper resources to make a decision that can lead them to a healthier life.
Bariatric surgery is a field of medicine designed to help morbidly obese patients lose excess weight, and improve their appearance, their health, and their quality of life while reducing the risk of certain obesity-related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. While bariatric procedures like the LAP-BAND® System and gastric sleeve can offer significant benefits to patients, Drs. Boyce and Williams say choosing to undergo treatment is not something that should be taken lightly, and patients should be aware of the need for support programs and drastic lifestyle changes before they decide on anything. The Knoxville bariatric surgeons say having an experienced and compassionate physician walk them through the weight loss process and help them choose the right procedure can be an important tool in ensuring the right results are achieved.
Dr. Boyce, the founder of Bari Life Bariatric Supplements, also stresses the importance of following a strict regimen of pre- and post-operative diets, exercise routines, vitamin supplementation, and support programs so as to help patients maintain a healthy lifestyle after their procedure and avoid regaining weight. By offering the services and support of registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurse coordinators, and psychologists, he says the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery and Bari Life Bariatric Supplements are able to guide patients along a safe recovery and make sure they have a comfortable, stress-free experience. Although weight loss surgery can seem like an intimidating step to many patients, Dr. Boyce says the feedback he receives from those who have undergone a procedure is often inspiring.
"After surgery I have had patients tell me that they wish they had done it sooner," says Dr. Boyce. "They now have more energy and are able to do all the things they could not do before. It has improved their relationship with their loved ones, and they no longer hurt all the time."
Regardless of whether they are looking for a gastric bypass or a duodenal switch procedure, Drs. Boyce and Williams recommend patients take the time to carefully research their practice in order to ensure they are treated with encouragement and diligent care. Through partnership with the right surgeon, they say patients can feel comfortable and confident that their procedure is performed with the utmost standards in safety and efficacy.
About Stephen G. Boyce, MD
Dr. Stephen Boyce graduated from Texas A&M University and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, after which he completed a surgical residency at the Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has also completed a Masters Certification in Bariatric Surgery and special training in advanced laparoscopic surgery. Having performed thousands of weight loss procedures, Dr. Boyce and the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery are the only Center of Excellence in East Tennessee to offer all approved bariatric procedures.
About K. Robert Williams, MD
A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Robert Williams completed his general surgery residency at Union Memorial Hospital and a minimally invasive fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and has completed over 500 weight loss surgeries, including numerous laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric banding, and revisional procedures.
Located at Physician's Plaza 1, Suite 305 Turkey Creek Medical Center 10810 Parkside Drive in Knoxville, TN 37934, the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery can be reached at (865) 694-9676. Dr. Boyce and his team can also be contacted online via the websites newlifebariatricsurgery.com or facebook.com/newlifecenterbariatricsurgery.