People often ask Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and the medical staff of Dr. Feiz and Associates what is the best of the existing solutions for severe obesity. This question comes up a great deal when the topic is lap band vs. sleeve gastrectomy, but the answer is that there is no standard answer. Both procedures have very attractive qualities that make many clients lean towards one or the other.
The lap band, which greatly reduces the stomach's capacity, is both adjustable and reversible, and is generally the least invasive of the procedures. Moreover, when the procedure produces less than superlative results, Dr. Feiz is an acknowledged master of lap band revision surgery and has produced outstanding results for patients who had issues with their first attempt at weight loss surgery.
Sleeve gastrectomy is attractive to many patients, on the other hand, because of its truly outstanding track record. Dr. Feiz attributes much of this success to the fact that the procedure removes approximately 75-85% of the stomach including an area known as the fundus, which is believed to be the main area where hormone known as ghrelin is produced. Ghrelin, in turn, is believed to be very largely responsible for the feelings of appetite which encourage us all to eat and which, in obese people, can often persist long after an individual has eaten enough food.
So, there are many reasons Dr. Feiz's patients might choose a lap band, a sleeve or, in certain cases, another procedure. Whether patients want to go with the most certain option so there will be no need for a band to sleeve procedure later on, or if a less invasive and reversible procedure seems preferable, is a highly individual matter.
If you are ready to being exploring weight loss surgery and you are wondering which type of weight loss surgery is best for you, your best bet is to contact Dr. Feiz's office's to inquire about a free seminar. It's the crucial first step on a path that has transformed the lives of countless patients.