Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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San Antonio bariatric surgeons Dr.Terive Duperier and Dr.Michael Seger recently announced the one-year anniversary of their San Antonio bariatric practice, BMI of Texas. The BMI of Texas team achieved numerous milestones during the course of the year.

The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas(“BMI of Texas”), which helps patients achieve their weight loss goals through various surgical procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Co-founded by San Antonio bariatric surgeons Dr. Mickey Seger and Dr. Terive Duperier, the practice celebrated numerous milestones during its first year in business. Dr. Seger and Dr. Duperier were recognized by the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS) for high-quality care in bariatric surgery when the ASMBS renewed their designation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.® The designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

BMI of Texas was also recognized for its community relations efforts. The practice served as the lead host of the ASMBS Foundation and Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) annual Walk from Obesity in San Antonio. According to the ASMBS Foundation, San Antonio’s 2009 Walk from Obesity led the nation in the number of walkers and was the #3 fundraising event nationally.

Additionally, Drs. Seger and Duperier were selected by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. as one of the five training sites in the U.S. to host a preceptorship for the Ethicon Endo-Surgery REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band. During this program, they teach other bariatric surgeons how to optimally perform REALIZE™ Band adjustments. BMI of Texas is one of the only practices in the nation that performs fluoroscopic assisted band adjustments in its office.

BMI of Texas assists patients throughout their entire weight loss journey. After attending a free, educational seminar and learning about the various types of weight loss surgery procedures, patients are assigned a patient advocate to help coordinate the often-confusing paperwork and insurance stipulations necessary for surgical intervention. Post-operatively, the doctors continue to follow their patients to ensure long-term weight loss success. For patients who experience some weight regain after surgery, BMI of Texas offers some new endoscopic procedures, such as Stomaphyx. Endoscopy is a safe, non-surgical technique where the surgeon inserts a scope through the patient’s mouth, down the esophagus, and into the stomach pouch. With Stomaphyx, the gastroscope is inserted into the patient’s mouth down into an existing gastric pouch and ‘sutures’ are used to make the original gastric pouch smaller.

Dr. Duperier and Dr. Seger have been performing bariatric surgery in San Antonio for years, and are recognized by peers and patients for their excellent surgical skills and patient care. Visit the Web site at bmioftexas.com/media-center.html to view the successful results they have helped achieve for several of their weight loss surgery patients. In addition to their bariatric surgery practice, the surgeons perform a full spectrum of advanced laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (anti-reflux surgery), laparoscopic colon surgery, laparoscopic pancreatic surgery, and laparoscopic hernia surgeries.

About BMI of Texas
Founded in 2008, the Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas is focused on helping patients achieve their long-term weight loss goals. More information on the practice can be found online at bmioftexas.com.

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