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Center of Excellent in Bariatric Surgery -- American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The Weight Loss Surgery Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), one of the highest distinctions for weight loss programs in the United States.

If you are 100 pounds overweight — or significantly overweight with other medical conditions — weight-loss (bariatric) surgery is available to help improve your health, reduce your risk of developing associated diseases and enhance your quality of life.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton offers many solutions to help you lose weight. Surgeons on the medical staff perform Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band®) and revision surgery for patients who've had complications or regained weight from past bariatric surgery.

Our Weight Loss Surgery Program includes patient education that focuses on healthy eating and good fitness habits and includes ongoing visits with your physician.

Information sessions featuring all weight loss options for new patients are conducted twice a month. Follow this link to learn more and get registration information or call 1-888-715-4330 or 940-323-3450.


Local Bariatric Surgeon Has National Teaching Presence

Dr. David Provost
Dr. David Provost was one of the first surgeons in North Texas to perform Lap-Band surgery.

Note: This information appeared as part of Texas Health Today, a special advertising supplement to The Dallas Morning News.

As obesity rates continue to rise in the U.S., a growing number of doctors are training to perform a laparoscopic procedure to implant an adjustable gastric band. And many of them are learning the Lap-Band procedure from David Provost, M.D., a bariatric surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Denton.

Provost was one of the first surgeons in North Texas to perform the Lap-Band procedure, and now he's training the next generation of surgeons through live, televised procedures broadcast to training facilities nationwide. A recent two-day workshop, sponsored by Lap-Band maker Allergan, drew about 100 participants.

"Lap-Band surgery in particular has grown in popularity since it first became available in the U.S. in 2001 and makes up a third of the weight loss surgeries performed here," Provost says. "The procedure involves fastening a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach to restrict food intake.

"The Lap-Band is lined with a balloon that is filled with saline solution to tighten the band like a belt. Patients who undergo the procedure eat less because they feel full faster."

The procedure, combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can help patients lose more than 100 pounds of excess weight, with improvement or cure of health conditions associated with obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which can lead to stroke and heart disease.

After a surgeon takes the required course, Provost or another Lap-Band proctor observes the surgeon perform two Lap-Band procedures. Provost has been performing televised operations and lecturing for nearly 10 years.

Bariatric surgery is considered the "gold standard" of care for morbid obesity treatment, he says, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is the safest surgical option because it's less invasive than gastric bypass, has a quicker recovery time and can easily be undone if complications develop.

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