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Choosing a Highly-Trained Bariatric Surgeon Crucial as Surgical Weight Loss Procedures Rise and Less-Qualified Doctors Flood the Market
Date:1/8/2009

In response to the growing consumer demand for weight loss surgery, the number of physicians performing these procedures has also skyrocketed, enabling unqualified doctors to infiltrate the industry. Selecting a board-certified surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) helps ensure safe, permanent weight loss options.

(Vocus) January 8, 2009 -- Due to the increasing popularity of weight loss surgery, the number of physicians performing these procedures has risen to satisfy the growing demand. This can make the search for a qualified surgeon overwhelming for the potential patient. To help with this process, the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) has created a set of rigid standards to identify the most highly skilled leaders and surgical facilities in the field. Surgeons that meet or exceed their requirements may become members of the ASBS, and their approved practice may be deemed an “ASBS Center of Excellence.”

Because many insurance companies do not cover weight loss surgery it is more important than ever to choose a qualified surgeon and accompanying medical facility. By minimizing the chance of complications and future surgical revisions of gastric bypass surgery and other treatments, patients benefit from greatly minimized health and financial risks. Evidence has shown that the best outcomes and fewest complications occur in facilities with the most experienced surgeons.

About Dr. J.K. Champion, M.D. F.A.C.S
Dr. J.K. Champion is one of the esteemed professionals selected to join the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, and his Videoscopic Institute of Atlanta has been named an “ASBS Center of Excellence” with its consistently superior patient care verified by an independent review organization. Receiving the most thorough healthcare available, patients benefit from state-of-the-art surgical options, as well as free lifetime aftercare. Dr. Champion is one of the original bariatric surgeons, performing over 2,600 procedures since 1995. Being a forerunner and having a successful 13-year history makes Dr. Champion one of the nation’s preferred surgeons for gastric bypass, LAP-BAND® System Surgery and other surgical weight loss options.

In addition to being the founder of the Videoscopic Institute of Atlanta and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, bariatric weight loss surgeon J.K. Champion, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by The American Board of Surgery. Dr. Champion also served on the executive council of the ASBS in 2002. He proposed that rules be developed for weight loss surgery programs to help protect patients and increase safety. He was one of the three founding officers of the Surgical Review Corporation, which was created to establish “Centers of Excellence” in the U.S.

Patient Testimonials

"I am so happy to be LIVING my life again. I’m so thrilled with Dr. Champion and his staff." Christie

"In December 2001, weighing in at my all-time heaviest of 264 lbs. and a size 28, I was told by my doctor that if I continued to gain weight at the rate I was going, I would be dead by age 40. I began my research and found the best bariatric surgeon in America — Dr. Champion. I’ve now lost a total of 124 pounds, weigh 140, and wear a size 8. Dr. Champion has given me a chance for a life I had only dreamed about." Julie

"Dr. JK Champion has not only changed the focus of our eating and food choices…he gave us whole NEW lives!" Michael and Paulette Faber

Working with Rosemont Media, a San Diego bariatric surgery website design firm, Dr. Champion has opened his practice to the online world with a state-of-the-art website incorporating informative videos, procedural details, and biographical information to give patients a comprehensive overview of the Videoscopic Institute of Atlanta.

More information can be found at the Videoscopic Institute of Atlanta, located at 140 Vann Street, Suite 350 in Marietta, Georgia 30060. For further details, Dr. J.K. Champion and his Center of Excellence can be reached at 770-574-4868, or by visiting www.drchampion.com.

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