Dr. Terive Duperier Receives FACS Designation; BMI of Texas Providing Only Accredited Bariatric Fellowship in South Texas

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BMI of Texas announces that co-founder and bariatric surgeon Dr.Terive Duperier has received the FACS designation. It also announced that it will offer an accredited bariatric fellowship via a grant from the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships.

“Our practice is one of the few that offers lap band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and revision procedures, and so we are confident that our fellow will gain a tremendous amount of experience during their tenure with us,” said Dr. Mickey Seger.

BMI of Texas, which specializes in a variety of weight loss surgery procedures in San Antonio, Texas, today announced Dr. Frank “Terive” Duperier was named a Fellow by the American College of Surgeons. The practice also announced that it was recently awarded a grant from the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships and as a result, offers the only accredited bariatric fellowship in South Texas.

BMI of Texas will use the grant to support a fellow who will train with BMI of Texas bariatric surgeons Dr. Mickey Seger and Dr. Terive Duperier during a one-year fellowship program. The fellow, who will have already successfully completed a five-year General Surgery residency program, will become familiar with the pathophysiology of morbid obesity, operative approaches available for disease treatment and possible perioperative complications that can arise when treating morbidly obese patients. BMI of Texas is committed to teaching future bariatric surgeons not only the surgical techniques for the treatment of obesity but also the importance of having a strong multi-faceted post-operative support program for patients.

“We were thrilled to learn that we were again selected to join the accredited bariatric fellowship program and will have a fellow joining us and learning from us during the course of the next twelve months,” said Dr. Seger, BMI of Texas co-founder. “Our practice is one of the few that offers lap band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and revision procedures, and so we are confident that our fellow will gain a tremendous amount of experience during their tenure with us.”

Dr. Duperier joins Dr. Seger with the FACS designation. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. According to the American College of Surgeons, its members are referred to as "Fellows." The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.

BMI of Texas, located in San Antonio's Medical Center area, helps patients achieve their weight loss goals through various surgical procedures including gastric bypass, lap band and gastric sleeve. 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.

BMI of Texas assists patients throughout their entire weight loss journey. After attending a free, educational seminar, patients are assigned a patient advocate to help coordinate the extensive paperwork and insurance stipulations necessary for surgical intervention. Post-operatively, the doctors continue to follow their patients to ensure long-term weight loss success. As part of its comprehensive program, BMI of Texas offers an on-site dietitian for nutritional counseling and hosts support groups where post-op patients can discuss a wide variety of issues, such as relationships and dietary concerns. BMI of Texas is one of the only practices in the nation that performs fluoroscopic assisted band adjustments in the office. The practice’s Web site includes a calculator for prospective patients to calculate their BMI.

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 http://www.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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