If your doctor has diagnosed you as severely obese, you know that reaching a healthy weight is important not to your physical health as well as your mental health. Severely obese patients often suffer comorbid diseases, or diseases associated with being seriously overweight, like osteoarthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even some cancers. Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and his team at Dr. Feiz & Associates can help you reach a healthy weight with the Lap Band, gastric sleeve (also called sleeve gastrectomy), or even band to sleeve revision surgery.
Dr. Feiz works closely with patients to discuss their weight loss needs and goals. His thorough understanding of bariatric procedures helps his patients decide between Lap Band vs. gastric sleeve surgeries, which are the two most successful forms of bariatric surgery. Many patients opt for the Lap Band procedure. A surgeon places a band around the patient’s stomach, which creates a smaller pocket, allowing the patient to feel full after eating much less food. However, the Lap Band does not stop the production of the “hunger hormone,” ghrelin. This hormone signals the patient’s brain that, even though the patient has consumed a healthy amount of calories, the stomach is empty. Gastric sleeve surgery permanently reduces the size of the stomach, while also removing the part of the stomach which produces ghrelin. Patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy after Lap Band surgery find that they not only feel physically full, but feel more satisfied after smaller meals.
Contact Dr. Feiz and Associates today for more information on Lap Band, gastric sleeve, and the full range of procedures.