If you have been diagnosed as severely obese, you might find that diet and exercise don’t do enough to help you reach a healthy weight. Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and his team at Dr. Feiz & Associates understand that you need extra help to reach a healthy weight. Dr. Feiz and his team have extensive training and experience that can help you decide if you want to pursue bariatric surgery, such as Lap Band, gastric sleeve, or even band to sleeve revision surgery.
Gastric sleeve surgery has become one of the most popular forms of weight loss surgery in the United States. In 2011, this procedure made up only 24% of bariatric surgeries; now, around 60% of bariatric surgeries are gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy.
Many patients choose the less permanent Lap Band procedure first, which involves a surgeon implanting a rubber band-like surgical device to reduce the size of the stomach. Patients report that they feel full after eating much less food, but this procedure is not right for every weight loss candidate. Dr. Feiz has seen numerous patients who did not lose as much weight as they needed, and wish to pursue sleeve gastrectomy after Lap Band removal.
Regardless of which procedure you choose to help you lose weight, Dr. Feiz and his knowledgeable team can help you make the right decision. They will gladly discuss the pros and cons of Lap Band vs. gastric sleeve surgeries, and even help you if you choose a band to sleeve revision.