Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Six percent qualify as severely obese. This means that the individual is at least 100 overweight, or has a BMI of 40 or greater. For these people, losing weight is not just a matter of eating a little less and walking a little more – people who are severely obese struggle, often for years, to keep off excess pounds without success. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., founded Dr. Feiz & Associates to help these individuals lose weight with the help of weight loss surgery. These procedures, such as gastric sleeve vs. Lap Band, combined with changes to diet and exercise help qualifying patients lose weight, keep it off, and get healthy.
There are many types of weight loss surgery. One of the most popular is the Lap Band procedure. This involves a surgeon placing a band-like device around the patient’s stomach to create an hourglass shape. This creates a small area for food, so the patient feels fuller after small meals, and allows the food to move slowly through the rest of the stomach to be digested normally. While this option works well for many people, in some rare cases, the Band doesn’t work as intended. Dr. Feiz is one of the few bariatric surgeons to specialize in Lap Band revision surgery, which removes the Band, and makes the stomach permanently smaller so the patient can keep losing weight.
Whether you need gastric sleeve after Lap Band, or just have questions about the best weight loss surgery for you, Dr. Feiz and his great team are here to help.