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Dallas Bariatric Surgeon Discusses Latest Wound Closure Device from Covidien

Dr. David Kim, a weight loss surgeon in Dallas, was recently featured in Medical Device Daily discussing the latest line of wound-closing devices from Covidien known as the V-Loc PBT. Covidien, a global healthcare products company based in Dublin, Ireland, announced that the V-Loc PBT barbed suture has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and prepared for launch. The V-Loc PBT is both non-absorbable and uni-directional. Dr. Kim comments on the benefits of the new technology for general and bariatric surgery in Dallas.

Medical Device Daily recently released an article featuring Texas bariatric surgeon Dr. David Kim on the release of the V-Loc PBT, the latest wound closing device from Covidien. The V-Loc PBT has been FDA-cleared and prepared for launch as the first non-absorbable, uni-directional barbed suture. At his Dallas weight loss surgery practice, Dr. Kim says the innovative suture provides benefits in accuracy and uniformity during general and bariatric surgical procedures. He also says he uses the device to ensure security of the suture through another tissue layer during a procedure such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve in Dallas.

The V-Loc PBT device utilizes advanced barbing technology, which reduces the amount of foreign body to the tissue. Dr. Kim also notes that the procedure can be performed much more quickly because it incorporates a self-anchoring loop and barb combination and eliminates the need for knot-tying during the suture. He adds that another major benefit of the barbed suture is that tension is distributed evenly across the wound, meaning less tension on the ends and a facilitated closure of multiple layers of tissue simultaneously. Because the device is non-absorbable, Dr. Kim says the V-Loc PBT can offer added mechanical strength for extended periods of time without sacrificing patient comfort.

Dr. Kim says he is excited about the recent advancement in wound closure technology because it helps both patients and surgeons feel more comfortable with the post-operative recovery and healing process. By eliminating knot-tying and reducing tension on the wounds, he says physicians can achieve the highest quality results and the minimum amount of patient discomfort. Dr. Kim also says he hopes this new device will help further promote the development of surgical techniques and patient care.

About David D. Kim, MD

Dr. David Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Youngstown State University and received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident of General Surgery during his final year. Dr. Kim has also completed a Fellowship in Peripheral Vascular Surgery from Park Medical Center and a Fellowship in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass from the Medical College of Virginia. He has been named a “Surgeon of Excellence” among other honors in bariatric and weight loss surgery. Dr. Kim is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Tarrant County Medical Society, and the American Society of General Surgeons.

About Covidien

Originally founded in 1994 as Tyco Healthcare until its name change in 2007, Covidien creates medical solutions through global healthcare products dedicated to innovation and long-term growth. It has developed modern medical technology and devices in soft tissue repair, vascular surgery, respiratory and monitoring, nursing, imaging, pharmaceuticals, and several other divisions of healthcare products.

Located at 5204 Colleyville Boulevard in Colleyville, TX, Dr. Kim’s practice can be reached by Fort Worth patients at (817) 717-7447 and by Dallas patients at (214) 614-7036. It can also be contacted online via the website mylapbanddallas.com, www.drdkim.net, or facebook.com/lapbanddallas.

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Dallas Bariatric Surgeon Dr. David Kim Named Top Doctor by Castle Connolly

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Castle Connolly Names Bariatric Surgeon Dr. David Kim Top Doctor

At the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery, Dallas weight loss surgeon Dr. David Kim has performed over 4,000 bariatric procedures. He has been selected as a Top Doctor™ by Castle Connolly following the comprehensive survey process, which includes reviews from thousands of physicians and healthcare professionals.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. has identified Dr. David Kim as a top weight loss surgeon in the U. S. in the most recent survey. The Top Doctors™ selection process begins by surveying thousands of physicians and healthcare professionals and asks them to identify leading physicians in a number of specialties throughout their region and across the nation. Dr. Kim’s inclusion in America’s Top Doctors® highlights his experience and expertise, as well as his low rate of complications with procedures such as the LAP-BAND System®.

Each year, the physician-led panel carefully reviews the credentials of all physicians nominated for inclusion in the current edition of America’s Top Doctors®. After reviewing a comprehensive biography provided by the doctors themselves, the panel determines the top doctors list based on the input from the surveys and their own professional judgement. America’s Top Doctors® is updated annually, and the doctors chosen by Castle Connolly cannot pay to be listed.

At the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. David Kim has performed over 4,000 weight loss procedures, ranging from gastric banding procedures to the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Kim says his selection to Castle Connolly’s list of top doctors is an important and exciting distinction, not only for him, but his dedicated team and loyal patients. “It’s certainly an honor to be recognized with this award, but the greatest reward I have ever received is the privilege of helping my patients everyday win the battle against obesity. I know I have done a good job when a patient refers a family member or a friend.”

About David Kim, MD

Dr. David Kim earned his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities School of Medicine. He then completed a general surgery residency at Case Western University School of Medicine, where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Kim also completed a fellowship in Peripheral Vascular Surgery at the Park Medical Center, and one in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass at the Medical College of Virginia. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow and member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, and a member of the Tarrant County Medical Society.

The Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery is located at 35204 Colleyville Boulevard, Colleyville, TX 76034. Fort Worth patients can reach the practice at (817) 717-7447, and Dallas patients can reach the practice at (214) 614-7036. The center can also be found online at mylapbanddallas.com, drdkim.net, and facebook.com/lapbanddallas.

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Dallas Bariatric Surgeon Discusses Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

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Dallas Bariatric Surgeon Discusses Increased Interest in Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

At the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. David Kim has performed thousands of Dallas LAP-BAND, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass procedures. However, Dr. Kim says revision weight loss surgery is often one of his most successful procedures, which he believes is due to each patient’s renewed and increased commitment to losing weight, as well as the immediate sense of relief this group of patients experiences.

Dallas weight loss surgeon Dr. David Kim has performed over 4,000 bariatric procedures at the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery, which is designated as a Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The benefits of bariatric surgery in Dallas with Dr. Kim have gained some much deserved attention lately following his recent success with Super Bowl Champion and Dallas Cowboys All-Star Nate Newton’s weight loss procedure.

However, Dr. Kim says this increase in popularity brings about a new set of concerns. “As LAP-BAND surgery has been on the rise in the past 5 years, there are a growing number of people who have not done well with the band. It is expected that the band should provide restriction (a sense of feeling full) after a small amount of food without swallowing difficulty. Unfortunately, this has not occurred in many patients.”

Despite initial roadblocks, Dr. Kim notes that revisional bariatric procedures are often some of the most successful surgeries he performs. “The most popular alternative to the LAP-BAND System for many of my patients is [gastric sleeve] revision surgery. We have found these patients to have excellent results losing over 65% of there excess weight when they have failed with the band completely prior to surgery.”

Revisional bariatric surgery is designed to address a patient’s unmet weight loss goals; patients cite a number of reasons for pursuing such a procedure, including failed weight loss, limited dietary choices, difficulty swallowing, and mechanical failure. When considering a revisional procedure, patients from across the U. S. seek advice and further weight loss support from Dr. Kim because of his extensive experience with the spectrum of bariatric procedures and the related complexities. With each revision procedure he performs, Dr. Kim says one of the most important factors in acheiving a successful revision procedure is the need to consider the individual patient’s unique circumstances, past experiences, and overall weight loss expectations.

In addition to the renewed sense of dedication to living a healthier, happier life through weight loss, Dr. Kim says he believes revision weight loss procedures at the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery are so successful because of the immediate impact these procedures can have. “Revision procedures provide patients with a greater ability to swallow normally, which provides immediate relief for this group of patients and quickly leads to a highly satisfied patient.”

About David Kim, MD, FACS

Dr. David Kim earned his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and then completed a general surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He then completed a Fellowship in Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Park Medical Center, and another in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Kim is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the American Society of General Surgeons, and the Tarrant County Medical Society.

The Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery is located at 5204 Colleyville Boulevard in Colleyville, TX 76034. Fort Worth patients can reach the practice at (817) 717-7447; Dallas patients can reach the practice at (214) 614-7036. The practice can be found online at either mylapbanddallas.com, drdkim.net, or the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery Facebook page.

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Dallas Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Kim on HBO’s Real Sports with Nate Newton

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Nate Newton on HBO Real Sports Following Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Three-time Super Bowl champion Nate Newton appears in the latest episode of Bryant Gumbel’s Real Sports on HBO, to showcase his amazing weight loss following bariatric surgery at the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery with Dallas weight loss surgeon, David Kim, MD.

Once weighing in at 400 pounds, Nate Newton has undergone a transformation over the last year following his gastric sleeve surgery, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) at Dr. David Kim’s Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery in Dallas, TX. HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble recently welcomed the Dallas Cowboys all-star and Dr. Kim to discuss Mr. Newton’s weight loss surgery.

During the episode, the Real Sports cameras join Newton for an office visit with Dr. Kim, where he records his lowest weight to date. When asked how he decided it was time to address his battle with obesity, Newton credits an encounter with his son, saying he finally realized he needed to lead by example to ensure his children developed healthy lifestyles and avoid their own weight problems.

While adjustable gastric banding procedures such as the LAP-BAND System® are the most popular form of weight loss surgery, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is an innovative surgical weight loss treatment gaining in popularity. Also known as laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection, Dr. Kim says the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is an effective alternative for patients who may not be candidates for gastric banding procedures. He adds that the VSG weight loss procedure can provide an excellent option for losing a significant amount of weight to get started on the road to a healthier, slimmer lifestyle.

About Dr. Kim

David D. Kim, MD earned his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He then completed a general surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a peripheral vascular surgery fellowship at Park Medical Center, and a laparoscopic gastric bypass fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Kim is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Tarrant County Medical Society, and the American Society of General Surgeons.

The Live Life Again Bariatric Center is located at 5204 Colleyville Boulevard, Coleyville, TX 76034. Fort Worth patients can reach the practice at (817) 717-7447, and Dallas weight loss patients can reach the practice at (214) 614-7036. Dr. Kim and his weight loss surgery practice can be found online at www.mylapbanddallas.com, www.drdkim.net, or the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery Facebook page.

Dr. Kim Featured Bariatric Surgeon in Newsweek

Dr. David Kim was recently featured in Newsweek as one of the best bariatric surgeons in the nation. He has been recognized as a Bariatric Surgeon of Excellence in Dallas since 2005 with over 3,500 weight loss procedures successfully completed, supported by a low complication rate and strong dedication to the health of his patients.

Dr. Kim Featured Newsweek Bariatric Surgeon

In addition to the Live Life Again Bariatric Center profile, the Newsweek article highlights several exceptional facts regarding Dr. Kim and his commitment to his patients, including the fact that his practice offering bariatric surgery in Tarrant County has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In the article, Dr. Kim also explains why he loves weight loss surgery and the successful, life-changing journey he is able to help each patient follow: “What other operation will cure diabetes up to 95% of the time?”

Keep the Change!

We’ve been seeing  a lot of change in our office lately!  No, I’m not referring to dimes and nickels and quarters, or even nurse Kristin’s new hairdo.  The change is YOU, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  We’re seeing dramatic metamorphoses from athletes, radio announcers, doctors, lawyers, butchers, bakers, students, and grandmas (to name a few), but this cross-section of humanity shares a common denominator…..they have been changed for the better!

Below are some testimonials, mostly taken directly from our Facebook Fan page.  I trust that they will encourage you as you strive to make some positive changes of your own, and begin to “live life again.”

We would love to hear your story too!  Feel free to post on our Facebook Fan Page or send us a message and we can post it in our patient stories section.

Our Patient Testimonials

“1st & foremost, I wanted to change my life, I wanted to change my look, I wanted to be able to do physical things with my son. Like play football, go walking, ride a bike & all in all to do outdoor things.
-Nate Newton, May 23, 2010

“Holy wow!!! I just saw my before picture on the new site!! THAT’S INSANE!!! And I’ve lost even more since then!!! You have truly changed my life and if ANYONE has any question about having this done, don’t think twice!! It’s soooooooo the right decision!!!!”
- Erin Bostick, Sept. 25, 2009

“It’s a victory for my health.  It’s a victory for my family.  It’s a victory for my life.  I guess you could call it my “new” life.  I have far to go and much hard work to put in to keep my side of the bargain (exercise-and-diet-wise). But I believe I’m equipped with the tools, the plan, the motivation and the doctor I need to help me achieve all of my health-oriented goals.”
- Ben Rogers, Aug. 23, 2010

“I lost 19# & now I weigh 244# which is down from 263#. I spent 2 wks in SA & it was a big test for me to see if I could stay disciplined and focused. I cont to get up at 4-5am every morning & work out. I ate the proper foods and was very happy with the results.”
- Nate Newton, August 14, 2010

Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery recognizes the outstanding accomplishment of Becky Mikulencak who completed her first 5K! Way to go!!
- posted by Pamela Katekaru on Nov 04, 2009

This March will be 5 years with no weight gain….still have some extras to do…but so much happier and healthier than before…Congrats to all who choose health, it’s not as easy a choice as some suppose…”
- Danyell Walker, Oct. 4, 2009

‎”90 pounds off since Sleeve Surgery March 9. Feeling great!”
- Dr. Jeff Livingston, Sept. 26, 2010)

“It has been the best decision I have ever made for my health. Not only have I lost 201 pounds in 14 months, I have completed 12 triathlons…, three full 26.2 mile marathons, completed 76 miles of running in 23 hours at The Rocky Raccoon Trail Run, completed The Cowtown ULTRA Marathon, completed multiple bike races and century rides, and a 10K Swim.”
- Dan Benintendi, from his website www.trimywill.com

“My waste is down six plus inches and counting, and my shirts are no longer a Big and Tall store ONLY proposition.  This weekend, I had the pleasure to perusing the thread offerings of the masses for the first time in several years as I now find myself back in the 2X shirt size market — as opposed to the 3XLT area I’ve been camped out in for some time.”
- Ben Rogers, Sept. 26, 2010)

”I had Gastric-Bypass surgery on Feb.21,2006. I lost 172lbs and I am feeling just TERRIFIC.”
- Charlene Buss, March 18, 2010

“I wanted to thank Dr. Kim and staff for helping me lose my excess weight with my lapband. I had it placed on 10/20/09 and I am now at goal, size 4, 135 pounds. Thanks everybody!”
- Leigha Cockerham Bobbitt-Haeger, Sept 13, 2010

“I went for my first fill yesterday I am down 67.5 pounds and feel like a new person. I walk a mile at night and about to join a gym. I hope everyone is doing as good as me.”
- Shannah Griffin, May 15, 2010

“Dr. Kim you saved my life. God Bless you I look and feel great. I have lost 50 pounds since my surgery on August 19, 2010…WOW”
- Tanya Hutchinson, Sept 13, 2010

“I have referred so many folks to Dr Kim that I should be a millionaire by now. My floor at work has enough to make our own support group!”
- Sandy Osborne Fitch, Sept. 3, 2010

“I had lap band back on Jan 14th, and prior to, I was on a liquid diet for 3 weeks. My whole life has changed. I’m stronger, leaner, faster. More aggressive in my determination. You’re in great hands with Dr. Kim and his staff.”
- Timothy Lopez, Aug. 28, 2010

“Had my Lapband done about months ago. Have lost 35 pounds so far! I feel so much better! Hubby had his band done 3 weeks ago and has lost 20 already. So not fair that the men can lose it so much faster! LOL Oh well! We will both get there!”
- Rhonda Dawson, Sept 30, 2010

“Very Excited this week! I reached my half way mark to my first goal! I was banded 6/15/10 and am down 56 lbs. Thank you for showing me the way to a healthier life!”
- Tera Bagby, Oct. 7, 2010

“Don’t get me wrong — I have a long way to go on my weight loss journey, yet.  There’s no question about that.  I’m roughly half way to my goal weight range.  But in terms of how I feel right now… all I can say is… life is good, life is good.”
- Ben Rogers, Sept. 2010

“Dr. David Kim has changed my life!!  He can change yours.”
- Liesa Houk Twing

Nate Newton Continues to Shed Weight with Dr. Kim’s Help

At his Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. David Kim and Nate Newton continue to support bariatric surgery in Dallas as Mr. Newton’s total weight loss reached 133 pounds as of the last week of July 2010. Throughout the entire process, fans have been able to follow the success of this partnership on Dr. Kim’s Facebook page, where Mr. Newton has been regularly posting updates on his dramatic weight loss, as well as the necessary changes to his diet and exercise regimen to support the vertical sleeve gastrectomy in Dallas.

As Nate Newton’s weight loss journey approaches the end of this initial stage in the spotlight with Dr. Kim, the success of the procedure and overall weight loss process has attracted national attention, and inspired another ESPN personality to pursue his own weight loss treatment plan at the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Kim and Ben Rogers from “The Ben and Skin Show” in Dallas will pick up where Nate Newton’s journey left off by providing fans and patients with an in-depth look at the weight loss process as they continue to support the success of weight loss surgery in Dallas.

Summer Grilling Recipe

Bison Kabob
1 pound Bison Top Sirloin
2 medium zucchini or yellow squash
1 large red bell pepper
1 large onion, quartered
8 mushrooms
8 cherry tomatoes

Marinade:
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of fresh orange juice
2 cloves garlic, minced

Cut Bison Sirloin into 1 1/2 inch cubes and place in a glass bowl. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over cubed Bison. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and marinate refrigerated for 5-8 hours. Or, place cubed Bison and marinade in a zippered plastic bag to marinate. Cut squash and red bell pepper into 1/2 inch slices. Alternate meat, squash, pepper, onion and mushrooms on each of 8 skewers, ending each skewer with a cherry tomato. Grill covered 4-6 inches above medium hot coals for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing with the remaining marinade mixture. Serve on a 1/4 cup of whole long grain Basmatti rice. If divided in 8 servings will provide about 263 calories, 15.9 g fat, 4.7 g sat fat, 3.2 g fiber and 17.2 g protein

Bison Kabob
1 pound Bison Top Sirloin
2 medium zucchini or yellow squash
1 large red bell pepper
1 large onion, quartered
8 mushrooms
8 cherry tomatoes

Marinade:
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of fresh orange juice
2 cloves garlic, minced

Cut Bison Sirloin into 1 1/2 inch cubes and place in a glass bowl. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over cubed Bison. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and marinate refrigerated for 5-8 hours. Or, place cubed Bison and marinade in a zippered plastic bag to marinate. Cut squash and red bell pepper into 1/2 inch slices. Alternate meat, squash, pepper, onion and mushrooms on each of 8 skewers, ending each skewer with a cherry tomato. Grill covered 4-6 inches above medium hot coals for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing with the remaining marinade mixture. Serve on a 1/4 cup of whole long grain Basmatti rice. If divided in 8 servings will provide about 263 calories, 15.9 g fat, 4.7 g sat fat, 3.2 g fiber and 17.2 g protein

Dallas, Texas Lap-Band® Surgeon Announces New Website

Dr. David Kim and The Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery have created an innovative new website to help educate patients about weight loss surgery options in Dallas, Texas. The new website is focused on Lap-Band® , Realize™ Band and Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Click the article below for more information.

David Kim ~ New Website Press Release

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