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Research to be presented at national meeting focuses on patients’ lives after surgery

Southeastern bariatric surgery patients are the focus of a study to be presented during the 2011 annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) at the Gaylord Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Researchers from the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville and Carson-Newman College performed the study.

The presentation, “Thank You for My New Life: The Bariatric Post-op Experience,” is based on a research report co-authored by Dr. Stephen Boyce and Jama Stinnett, LPN, CPHQ, of the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery and Dr. Angela Wood of Carson-Newman College. The research report explores the “new life” that patients experience after bariatric surgery.

The qualitative research using Grounded Theory explored the patient changes that occur in the 12 to 18 months after bariatric surgery. The results are based on the experiences of seven bariatric surgery patients.

Dr. Boyce has over 20 years of surgical experience and has served as medical director of the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery since the clinic opened in 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and did his surgical residency under the tutelage of one of the pioneers of weight-loss surgery, Dr. Otto Wilbanks.

Dr. Wood earned her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Tennessee and now is associate professor of nursing at Carson-Newman College. With an interest in qualitative research, she currently teaches the undergraduate research course.

At the invitation of the ASMBS Program Committee, Wood and Stinnett will present the findings during the Integrated Health Main Session at the 28th annual meeting of the ASMBS in June. This meeting draws more than 2,200 of the top professionals in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. For more information about the meeting, visit http://www.asmbs.org.

About New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery

The New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The center offers both medically supervised and surgical weight loss programs that are physician-monitored and designed to improve health through sustained weight loss based on reasonable long-term goals. For more information, visit https://www.newlifebariatricsurgery.com///.

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