Many Americans view weight loss as a chore they endure after eating too much during the lengthy holiday season. For hundreds of patients across the US, however, losing weight is not a chore, but a matter of life or death. Severely obese patients often have trouble losing the weight they need to lead healthy, rewarding lifestyles, and avoid comorbid diseases like type 2 Diabetes, heart problems, joint pain and strain, and even some cancers. Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and his team at Dr. Feiz & Associates can help these patients lose weight and keep it off.
Dr. Feiz and his team have years of training and experience in bariatric surgery, and their understanding can help you make the best choice for weight loss. Dr. Feiz specializes in two types of bariatric surgery: Lap Band procedures, and gastric sleeve surgery, also called sleeve gastrectomy. The Lap Band is a rubber band-like device that shortens the useable part of the stomach. This helps patients feel full faster during meals. Sleeve gastrectomy is a permanent procedure that removes a portion of the stomach, which not only helps patients feel full after eating less food, but removes the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.” If you have questions about Lap Band vs. gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Feiz has the answers to help you.
Some patients try the Lap Band procedure, but do not lose the weight they need to lose. Those patients often opt for band to sleeve revision surgery, so they can reach their healthy goal weight. While many patients choose Lap Bands at first, Dr. Feiz has seen numerous patients that return to undergo the Lap Band revision.
If you have questions about sleeve gastrectomy after Lap Band, Dr. Feiz and his caring team are to help you. Free seminars are held on a regular basis.