Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) June 21, 2011
The FDA has approved the LAP-BAND System®, a surgical weight loss technique, for use in patients with a Body Mass Index of 30-35 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. This new approval could affect 26 million Americans classified as such. According to Dr. Stephen Boyce, a bariatric surgeon in Knoxville, TN and medical director at the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, the latest decision from the FDA is exciting news because the millions of Americans that fall into this category can now take the first step toward living healthier lives with slimmer physiques.
According to the yearly data collected by the Centers for Disease Control Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the new FDA approval could more than double the number of patients now eligible for weight loss surgery. Dr. Boyce adds that billions of dollars are spent each year in the U. S. on dieting, which amounts to a much greater cost per pound lost when compared to the expense of weight loss procedures, such as the LAP-BAND System®.
Dr. Boyce stresses that any patient considering bariatric surgery must first commit to significant and permanent lifestyle changes as they pursue a healthy transformation. However, with the new FDA approval, and help from experienced institutions such as the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, he adds that millions of Americans can receive safe and effective weight loss support with proven results.
About Dr. Boyce
Dr. Stephen Boyce earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He then completed his surgical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, as well as a Masters Certification in Bariatric Surgery. The New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery has helped thousands of patients in the East Tennessee area achieve their weight loss goals, and has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
The New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is located at 200 Ft. Sanders West Blvd., MOB 1, Suite 200 in Knoxville, TN 37922, and can be found online at http://www.parkwestcwlc.com or the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery Facebook page.