The vertical gastric sleeve has its advantages. We're leaving the pathway to be exactly the same, but we're reducing the storage capacity of the stomach. And we're also reducing the hunger hormones.
Colleyville, TX (Vocus) June 9, 2010
David D. Kim, M. D. has performed over 3000 weight loss surgeries between his Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery practice and the Advanced Bariatric Center of Dallas. He is also approaching his 1,000th procedure of the vertical gastric sleeve in Dallas. Dr. Kim has been performing this operation for more than three years and has extensive experience with this procedure. In addition to this milestone, he is also garnering a portion of the national spotlight for weight loss surgery with the unlikely pairing of the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery and the brute strength of six time Pro-bowl offensive lineman, and current radio host for ESPN Dallas 103.3 fm, "Big" Nate Newton. During his career as a professional football player, Mr. Newton was able to maintain his weight because of the high level of physical activity required by his position. But when his career ended, he was saddled with a number of injuries sustained during his career, making it difficult to walk, let alone exercise. More than a decade later, Nate Newton weighed in at 400 pounds.
At this weight, the former NFL star was considered “super obese” and needed help, which is where Dr. Kim comes in. Most patients in this position would qualify for LAP-BAND® System surgery in Dallas, but in the process of addressing Mr. Newton’s situation, Dr. Kim decided the gastric sleeve surgery would be the best option. While the procedure may be new in some part of the country, and is typically viewed as a stepping stone surgery reserved for high-risk patients, some insurance companies have recently agreed to cover the costs of the vertical gastric sleeve. Today, a growing number of patients are opting for this new, state-of-the-art technique for weight loss surgery in Dallas and around the country.
Dr. Kim explained the procedure and his ultimate decision on the vertical gastric sleeve for Mr. Newton in a local news spot recently, stating that some patients may prefer to avoid an implanted device with the follow-up required for the lap band surgery, or the bypass process that alters the pathway of food. “The vertical gastric sleeve has its advantages. We're leaving the pathway to be exactly the same, but we're reducing the storage capacity of the stomach. And we're also reducing the hunger hormones."
Since performing the vertical gastric sleeve procedure on April 19th, Dr. Kim has been tracking the success of the surgery on his practice’s website and Facebook page, where Mr. Newton has been making comments, and will continue to provide journal entries and updates on his progress throughout the entire process after weight loss surgery. One month into his journey, the Super Bowl champion has lost a total of 70 pounds, is no longer a diabetic, and no longer suffers from high blood pressure. As he continues toward his goal weight of 235 pounds, Nate Newton is a prime example of the emotional and physical hardships that accompany the battle against obesity, and the potential benefits of the expanding field of bariatric surgery.
About Dr. David D. Kim
David D. Kim, M. D. received his medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities, College of Medicine, and completed his residency in General Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he also served as Chief Resident. He received a Fellowship for Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Park Medical Center and another for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Kim is a member of the American Society of General Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Tarrant County Medical Society, and is a member and fellow of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. David D. Kim has two office locations: Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery is located at 35 Verdana Lane Ste. 100 Colleyville, TX 76034; the Advanced Bariatric Center of Dallas is located at 11990 North Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75243; both can be reached at http://www.mylapbanddallas.com or http://www.drdkim.net - (214) 614-7036 for his Dallas patients and (817) 717-7447 for his Fort Worth patients.