For patients who struggle with obesity, especially those who suffer comorbid diseases, weight loss surgery might be the best step to help them regain their health. While there is no “magic bullet” to instantly solve health issues from being severely obese, Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and his team at Dr. Feiz & Associates have seen proof that weight loss surgery can help reduce or even resolve weight-related health problems like diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, sleep apnea, and depression. However, before moving forward on any weight loss surgery, Dr. Feiz makes sure his patients understand which surgery will work best for their body. Most often, he will discuss the benefits of gastric sleeve vs. Lap Band.
These two popular weight loss surgeries are both safe and performed in a minimally invasive manner, and help the patient lose weight by creating a smaller stomach area so the patient feels full after smaller meals. However, there are a few important differences in these two procedures. The Lap Band procedure involves implanting a nonpermanent device around the stomach, so the digestive system is reshaped but is otherwise unchanged. Gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, involves removing part of the stomach to make a permanently smaller pouch. Different bodies respond to different weight loss procedures, which is why Dr. Feiz discusses these procedures, and others, with patients, so they can make the best decision for their health. However, Dr. Feiz also specializes in Lap Band revision surgery, for the rare patients who undergo this procedure but who do not get the results they need.
Whether you need an initial consultation for more information on bariatric procedures, or need a gastric sleeve after Lap Band revision, Dr. Feiz and his compassionate team at Dr. Feiz & Associates have the skills you need.