Dallas Weight Loss Surgeons at Kim Bariatric Institute Discuss the Importance of Experience
Dr. David D. Kim and Dr. Bridget Holden say one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a bariatric surgeon is the doctor’s level of experience and commitment in the weight loss surgery field.
Dallas, TX – More and more individuals are choosing to have bariatric surgery to fight morbid obesity. Advances in the field of bariatric surgery over the years have yielded a number of different techniques to help patients attain an earlier feeling of fullness after meals and lose significant amounts of weight. The physiological and lifestyle changes that can be brought forth by weight loss surgery can not only help a person slim down, but also reduce their risks of serious, life-threatening conditions linked to obesity. Dr. David D. Kim and Dr. Bridget Holden, bariatric surgeons at Kim Bariatric Institute in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, say those who are considering bariatric surgery have a lot of decisions to make, and the experience level of their prospective bariatric surgeon is one of the most important.
Dr. Kim and Dr. Holden say experience and proficiency at specific procedures are big factors to take into account. At Kim Bariatric Institute, the doctors offer all major types of bariatric surgery, including laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass, Duodenal Switch surgery, and gastric banding. In 2013 alone, there were more than 970 gastric sleeve surgeries performed by surgeons with Kim Bariatric Institute. Dr. Kim says this is in addition to the thousands of weight loss surgery procedures that have been performed by the practice’s doctors since he opened its doors more than a decade ago. The Dallas bariatric surgeon says this is important because proficiency at certain procedures can result in a quicker surgery and less time for the patient to be under general anesthesia. He says it’s also important to be aware of how much time the doctor under consideration spends on bariatric surgeries versus procedures in other surgical fields. Dr. Kim notes that bariatric surgery is the main focus of care at Kim Bariatric Institute.
In addition to experience, Dr. Kim says board certifications and professional memberships are other important factors to look for in a surgeon. He says many medical organizations have very high standards for skills and experience, and by looking at a bariatric surgeon’s credentials and affiliations, one can get a clearer picture of his or her commitment and professionalism.
Overall, Dr. Kim notes, people who are thinking about weight loss surgery should look for surgeons who have logged many, many hours performing bariatric procedures and who make the field of bariatric surgery the cornerstone of their practice. He says patients should also not be afraid to ask questions about the surgeon’s credentials and experience, in addition to other aspects of the procedures they are considering.
About David D. Kim, MD
Dr. David Kim is certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He has personally performed thousands of weight loss surgeries, and is the developer of the David Kim Inverted Gastric Sleeve™ procedure. Dr. Kim has been recognized as a “Surgeon of Excellence” by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (formerly called the American Society for Bariatric Surgery), and has also been named a “Top Doctor” in the U.S. by Castle Connolly. Dr. Kim is available for interview upon request.
About Bridget Holden, MD
Dr. Bridget Holden is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She has personally performed more than one thousand bariatric surgeries. Dr. Holden is a member of the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Society of Baylor Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons. Dr. Holden is available for interview upon request.
Kim Bariatric Institute
5204 Colleyville Boulevard
Colleyville, TX 76034
Fort Worth Patients: (817) 717-7447
Dallas Patients: (214) 614-7036