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Lap Band vs Gastric Sleeve Surgery: the Important Thing is to Get Started

Whichever type of surgery a patient selects, Dr. Feiz and Associates is there to provide the best possible bariatric therapy for obesity

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With such proven and highly advanced procedures as gastric sleeve and lap band surgery transforming the lives of countless severely obese patients, never before have more viable weight loss options been available. While all surgeries have their benefits and concerns, Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. is here to say that the issue for many patients isn't so much weighing the pluses and minus of lap band vs gastric sleeve procedures, but simply getting started by making contact with a weight loss surgeon. As the home of one of the nation's most renowned bariatric surgeons, Dr. Feiz and Associates is the resource for lap band or sleeve gastrectomy Valencia, Beverly Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Huntington Beach, Thousand Oaks, Carson and all of Southern California turns to first.

Dr. Feiz is a leading expert on the minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques now being used for the large majority of weight loss procedures, and he is therefore equally adept at all of the commonly performed bariatric procedures. For patients who are anxious about deciding which weight loss operation is right for them, there are few better resources.

The gastric sleeve procedure is increasingly the favorite of many patients and medical experts because it has produced extremely reliable results. The procedure removes a large portion of the stomach, creating a sleeve-like shape. Dr. Feiz has noted that a portion of the stomach removed as part of the procedure, the fundus, is responsible for the production of a hormone called ghrelin. Ghrelin, in turn, is believed to be associated with the persistent feelings of excessive hunger that make it so difficult to achieve long-term, permanent weight loss.

At the same time, many individuals looking for a way out of obesity lean towards the lap band, a procedure that has the advantages of being completely reversible and adjustable. It works essentially by tying off most of the stomach, greatly reducing its capacity and the appetite along with it. Dr. Feiz has performed countless lap band procedures with outstanding results.

While the doctor encourages prospective bariatric patients to learn all they can about the various procedures, he is also quick to add that it's easy to become intimidated by the large amount of often contradictory information now available online and elsewhere about the various procedures. Patients who are severely obese and who want to chart a new course to a life of health and happiness should consider that, after hours of research, it might finally be time to put down their computer mouse long enough to pay a visit to one of Dr. Feiz's offices for a free seminar.

For details, please call (800) 868-5946 today to start the process of actually beginning a weight loss procedure that has transformed and saved countless lives. Dr. Michael Feiz is a board certified, Center of Excellence surgeon. The friendly and compassionate staff of Dr. Feiz and Associates looks forward to hearing from you.

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