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Health Team

United Regional Solutions is proud and fortunate to have an experienced weight loss surgeon to guide our practice. Christopher Finnell, MD, has achieved certification by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). He performs the latest techniques in laparoscopic procedures.

Dr. Christopher Finnell, Bariatric Surgeon

Christopher Finnell, MD, grew up in Holliday, Texas and is an honors graduate of Midwestern State University. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Following residency, Dr. Finnell did a fellowship in laparoscopic gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery at the renowned bariatric facility Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Finnell has studied under some of the leaders in bariatric weight loss surgery and performs the latest techniques in laparoscopic procedures.

“I became interested in bariatric surgery early in my medical education. I saw so many people suffering from the consequences of obesity.  I wanted to enter a field where I could prevent problems before they start. Bariatric surgery is very rewarding because you are able to make such a positive impact on a patient’s life. I often meet patients who can barely walk into the office from their car and a few months after surgery they are signing up to do a 5K walk/run. I am so grateful that I am able to see these transformations.”

Dr. Finnell has been actively practicing bariatric and general surgery in Wichita Falls since 2008. He has performed hundreds of bariatric surgeries and is the director of United Regional’s bariatric surgery MBSAQIP center of excellence. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Other members of the health team include Emily Rusk, Program Coordinator, and Erika Gitchel, Nurse Practitioner and MediLoss Solutions medical weight loss guide.

 

Body Contouring Following Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Phil Stephan, Plastic Surgeon

With significant weight loss over a relatively short period of time (usually 15-18 months), the remaining skin often does not retain the elastic qualities necessary to “shrink back down” to your new underlying shape. This often leaves patients with excessive amounts of hanging skin that creates problems such as daily hygiene and finding clothes that fit properly.

A comprehensive approach to the bariatric patient is necessary to achieve the optimal figure following weight loss.

Phillip Stephan, MD, understands that a bariatric patient must be treated differently from non-bariatric body contouring patients. What has worked well for many years on other patients simply does not provide adequate shaping and contouring for the bariatric patient. Dr. Stephan is a plastic surgeon with experience and expertise in body contouring surgery for bariatric patients.

To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call (940) 264-2600.