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3 Ways to Discuss Weight Loss Surgery with your Partner

Dr. Feiz and Associates suggests facts that can help persuade concerned loved ones that weight loss surgery is worth serious consideration

LOS ANGELES, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Feiz and Associates has found that some individuals who are seriously interested in having a weight loss surgery are struggling with getting approval from their loved ones. Simply listing the increasingly well-documented benefits of weight surgery is not doing the trick, it seems. Some significant others are being told by their partners that they should be able to lose weight by diet and exercise alone; others are telling them that they are fearful of the inevitable risks involved in any operation. While many individuals might be reassured by the firmly established credentials that prove that Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the right doctor for weight loss surgery, even that is not always enough.

Below are three suggestions that just might convince the skittish loved one of a severely obese person that weight loss surgery is well worth exploring.

1. Anyone can lose weight, but statistically less than 5% can keep it off

Numerous studies have shown that even though patients often lost weight after following detailed diet and exercise programs, 95% of them did not keep it off. Almost without exception, the weight began to creep back; in a matter of months or years, the entire effort had come undone, and the patient became obese again. Additionally, many patients reported feeling far more hungry and preoccupied with food than before they lost weight. In one study, the amount of the gastric hormone called ghrelin, often dubbed the "hunger hormone," was about 20 percent higher after the diet and exercise program.

Ghrelin is a big part of why Dr. Feiz often suggests a sleeve gastrectomy weight loss surgery. The operation removes the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin and, together with the drastically reduced size of the stomach, results in a dramatic reduction in feelings of hunger. For this reason, Dr. Feiz will often recommend a lap band conversion to sleeve gastrectomy to lap band patients who are not seeing the weight loss results they want, or who are experiencing physical problems.

2. Lap Band and Gastrectomy Surgeries Add Up to 14 Years Life

Studies also verify that clinically obese individuals may live up to 14 years longer after having a weight loss surgery than those who do not.  Class III obesity is increasing and may soon emerge as a major cause of early death. Dr. Feiz and Associates agree with the researcher's beliefs that, after smoking, obesity is the leading preventable cause of death. Although it is often perceived as a cosmetic and lifestyle problem, obesity puts individuals at increased risk for many potentially life-threatening conditions,

3. Patients Have a Healthier and Happier Life after Weight Loss Surgery

Nearly all of Dr. Feiz's clients say that they are enjoying a healthier and more enjoyable life after their weight loss surgery. They are not getting as sick as often, they can move about more easily and can participate in more activities with their children. Moreover, they have higher sense of self-confidence because they love the way they now look.

If one of you is severely obese and perhaps suffering from one or more related health problems, it is very likely that weight loss surgery might be your best course of action for both you and your loved one. For more information about the board certified physician Dr. Feiz, visit his web site at or call 800-868-5946.



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