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As Obesity Epidemic Soars, Denton Bariatric Surgeon Takes Knowledge to National Audience
05/10/2011

DENTON, Texas — According to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that 64 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight (a body mass index of 25.0 to 29.9) or obese (a body mass index of 30 or more). With such a growing obesity epidemic in America, David Provost, M.D., a bariatric surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, has been sharing his years of experience with physicians across the nation via televised surgeries and lectures for more than 10 years.

David Provost, M.D.
David Provost, M.D.

During a two-day seminar this spring, Provost broadcasted two live laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedures to an audience of more than 150 surgeons and medical professionals. The seminar helped to train the next generation of bariatric surgeons.

Obesity poses serious health threats. In addition to increasing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, the U.S. National Institutes of Health states that obesity increases the risk of cancers of the breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), colon, kidney, and esophagus.

Provost believes bariatric surgery is considered the “gold standard” of care for morbid obesity treatment. He says laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is the safest surgical option because it is less invasive than gastric bypass, has a quicker recovery time and can easily be reversed if complications develop.

In 2010, Texas Health Denton announced that it had been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. The ASMBS BSCOE designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

To learn more about quality bariatric care close to home, visit TexasHealth.org/Denton or call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has nearly 1,000 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties.

Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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