Bariatric Surgeon in Knoxville Now Offering Innovative Weight Loss Procedure
Knoxville bariatric surgeon Dr. Stephen Boyce is now performing laparoscopic greater curvature plication (LGCP) at his practice. He says the new procedure is designed to help patients lose significant amounts of excess body weight without removing stomach tissue or introducing foreign body implants. He also says he is excited about the procedure’s potential for patients to lose more than 50% of their excess body weight and improve their daily life through a healthier body.
At the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, Dr. Stephen Boyce is offering laparoscopic greater curvature plication (LGCP), a procedure approved for patients with a body mass index of 30 or greater. Performed without the introduction of foreign body implants or stomach tissue removal, Dr. Boyce says the LGCP technique reduces stomach capacity from an average of 32 ounces of liquid to 4 ounces, causing patients to feel full earlier during meals. Although the LGCP procedure is still in clinical trial, Dr. Boyce says, compared with other weight loss surgery procedures, gastric plication in Knoxville has proven to eliminate many of the risks associated with procedures that involve removing parts of the stomach or imposing foreign implants such as with the LAP-BAND® System.
LGCP is performed by dissecting one side of the stomach, allowing access to both the front and back surfaces, and then folding in the rounded part of the stomach and sewing it together. The result is a narrowed stomach diameter, allowing patients to experience fullness after eating less amounts of food. Because LGCP does not involve removal or rearrangement of the stomach or bowel, Dr. Boyce says the surgery is less risky than other traditional methods of weight loss procedures. “Early studies indicate that the LGCP is a safe, effective and less expensive weight loss surgical option for patients with a BMI between 30-50.”
Dr. Boyce says he hopes the new gastric plication technique will allow him to offer his patients in East Tennessee more options for weight loss procedures. He also adds that LGCP can provide patients with an innovative and advanced way to lose weight and gain confidence on the journey towards healthier living. Dr. Boyce says he looks forward to the what the future of bariatric surgery will bring and how procedures like LGCP can pave the way for more developments in weight loss. “I am most excited that new bariatric procedures like the LGCP will make bariatric surgery more accessible to patients who need help.”
About Stephen G. Boyce, MD
Dr. Stephen Boyce received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his surgical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and went on to receive special training in advanced laparoscopic surgery and a Masters Certification in Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Boyce developed the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in 2002, becoming one of the nation’s first Centers of Excellence in 2005. His practice is also the only Center of Excellence in East Tennessee to offer all approved Bariatric operations.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is located at 200 Ft. Sanders West Blvd MOB 1, Suite 200 in Knoxville, TN and can be contacted at (865) 694-9676. It also can be reached at parkwestcwlc.com or facebook.com/newlifecenterbariatricsurgery.