A Look at the Various Types of Bariatric Surgery from Dr. Feiz & Associates
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Bariatric surgery is widely considered an extremely safe and effective weight loss method. It’s not meant to be the first option you reach for in the tool box, but for many people who have struggled in vain with diet and exercise, it may well be the last option they ever have to turn to. At Dr. Feiz & Associates, a leading weight loss surgery center in Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Michael Feiz has seen firsthand the dramatic change his patients have experienced. He emphasizes, though, that there are a variety of different surgical approaches, and a prospective patient may not be an ideal candidate for every single one of them. It is essential to consult with a medical professional like Dr. Feiz to determine the best course of action. Equally important is the mindset of the patient. Obesity surgery is not a silver bullet; long-term success requires commitment to a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Feiz regularly performs three different types of bariatric surgery. The first is gastric bypass, which involves dividing the stomach into two smaller segments and then re-directing the small intestine to drain both. The result is a much faster-acting feeling of satiety, which enables the patient to eat less during each sitting. The second surgery that Dr. Feiz offers is gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy. This operation involves removing approximately 75-85% of the patient’s stomach, and then sculpting the part that remains into an extended sleeve-like structure. Not only does the operation allow the patient to eat less because of the reduced size of the stomach, but it also eliminates a hormone called Ghrelin that causes you to feel hungry. The final method employed by Dr. Feiz is Lap Band surgery, which is significantly less invasive than the first two. The Lap Band operation involves fitting a plastic adjustable band around the patient’s stomach. The band constricts and slows the rate of food intake, allowing the patient to eat less.
More patients are exploring these options, especially now that advancements in technology and technique are making bariatric surgery safer and easier than ever. Dr. Feiz is one of the few surgeons in the nation qualified to use the STARR Treatment, which enables him to perform these operations by making only A SINGLE INCISION to the patient’s abdomen. This results in less post-operative pain, a faster recovery period, and virtually no scarring.
To learn more about the STARR Treatment, and the various operations that Dr. Feiz performs, visit online at www.drfeiz.com.
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