SOURCE: Kim Bariatric Institute
COLLEYVILLE, TX--(Marketwire - Mar 19, 2013) - Dr. David Kim, a Dallas weight loss surgeon, has devoted his surgical career to helping patients fight obesity. The founder of Kim Bariatric Institute, Dr. Kim is one of only a few bariatric surgeons in the country to offer all four major weight loss surgery procedures, including the state-of-the-art biliary pancreatic diversion with duodenal switch procedure.
According to Dr. Kim, biliary pancreatic diversion (BPD) surgery with duodenal switch is intended only for patients who are morbidly obese. Patients with a BMI greater than 50 -- meaning, for most people, being 150 pounds or more over their ideal body weight -- are eligible for the advanced operation.
BPD surgery is intended for patients who require the most powerful operation available for sustained weight loss. Dr. Kim notes that historically, patients who opt for the procedure lose more weight than with any other surgical options including LAP-BAND®, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass. He says BPD with duodenal switch also has the highest cure rate (99%) for type-2 diabetes.
Dr. Kim often suggests this operation for his revision bariatric surgery patients. He says he sees many patients who have had LAP-BAND® procedures performed outside of his practice who are still experiencing complications, remaining obese, and are frustrated with the feeling that they have wasted their time and money. These patients who started with a BMI of 50 or greater needed a more powerful operation, says Dr. Kim. He adds that these patients are often open to the concept of an operation that allows for the greatest amount of weight loss.
At his Dallas bariatric surgery practice, Dr. Kim says this unique surgery gives morbidly obese patients the greatest chance of reaching their ideal body weight. In addition, he notes that the procedure can rid patients of obesity-related issues and diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and back and knee pain.
The operation is technically demanding, which is why Dr. Kim says so few surgeons and surgical facilities in the United States offer the procedure. BPD surgery with duodenal switch involves creating a gastric sleeve and a long-limb intestinal bypass. According to the Dallas bariatric surgeon, "Duodenal switch has the lowest chance of weight re-gain which can be a complication of all procedures, especially LAP-BAND®. It also helps patients who have not lost enough weight and have hit a plateau. They may have had a BMI of 50 before their first operation. Converting the first operation to duodenal switch has been a successful solution for this subset of patients."
At the Kim Bariatric Institute, Dr. Kim says he is proud to offer this rewarding surgery to his morbidly obese patients. In regard to the results from BPD surgery with duodenal switch, he remarks, "I have personally seen a very high satisfaction rate with my DS patients."
About David D. Kim, MD
Dr. David Kim, who has been named a "Surgeon of Excellence" by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, earned his medical degree at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. In addition to being the first bariatric surgeon in Fort Worth to perform laparoscopic gastric bypass, Dr. Kim pioneered the laparoscopic gastric sleeve operation and is one of the few bariatric surgeons in the United States to offer biliary pancreatic diversion surgery with duodenal switch. He is available for interview upon request.