You began your weight loss journey with major lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, and the Lap Band procedure. You’ve lost weight, but you find yourself still plateaued at a weight that is still much too high. You struggle with eating right on a regular basis. You want to continue making strides to a healthier you, but the “hunger hormone” ghrelin might be working against you. If you are considering Lap Band revision surgery, Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and the great team at Dr. Feiz and Associates are here to help you.
Dr. Feiz’s bariatric surgery patients see amazing success in losing weight. However, Dr. Feiz understands that, in some rare cases, a Lap Band procedure is not enough for patients to lose all the weight they need. Ghrelin is a hormone produced by your stomach that signals your brain to continue eating, or to crave junk foods that can slow or stop weight loss. With Lap Band procedures, the stomach is made smaller through a surgical device, called the Lap Band, which wraps around the organ. However, the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin remains, and some patients find they have a hard time fighting the impulses that are driven by that hormone. Gastric sleeve surgeries actually remove part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, and undergoing band to sleeve revision surgery can help these patients keep to their healthy diets by reducing cravings for snacks.
Whether you want to discuss the benefits of Lap Band vs. sleeve bariatric surgeries, or you are considering a band to sleeve revision, Dr. Feiz is here to talk you through your bariatric surgery options so you can become your healthiest, happiest self.