Band-to-Sleeve Conversion Offers More than Weight Loss, It Restores Hope

Continuing down the weight loss journey after a failed bariatric procedure can be extremely disheartening, but Dr. Michael Feiz is with his patients every step of the way to ensure success.

Oct 31, 2013, 19:46 ET from Dr. Feiz & Associates

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Many obese patients have successfully had the lap band surgery in Los Angeles with Dr. Michael Feiz, an operation which involves implanting an adjustable silicone gastric band to restrict the capacity of the stomach. While Dr. Feiz has had tremendous success with his lap band patients, some patients do not lose optimal weight with the lap band or experience negative side effects. Dr. Feiz is an excellent choice for revision weight loss surgery for patients unhappy with the lap band because of complications or insufficient weight loss. Most often, these operations convert the lap band into a gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy.

While the vast majority of bariatric surgery patients lose more than half of their excess body weight in the years following their procedure, a minority experience setbacks in their weight loss progress. Furthermore, some patients have unpleasant side effects as a result of improperly performed lap band surgery, which is of course out of the patient's control. Some of these potential side effects include difficulty swallowing, pain at the site of the port (where fluid is added or removed from the lap band device), frequent vomiting, and nausea. When these problems occur, patients shouldn't simply give up on weight loss and remove the lap band, says Dr. Feiz. In fact, thousands of patients have had revision or corrective weight loss surgery to continue down the path of a healthier, happier life.

Converting the lap band to a gastric sleeve involves removal of the lap band device and then starting the sleeve gastrectomy, all performed through laparoscope by Dr. Feiz. During this procedure, 85 percent of the stomach is removed, and the remaining portion is stapled off and fashioned into a sleeve-like shape. Patients lose weight effectively because the stomach's capacity is reduced and the portion of the stomach secreting the hunger-causing ghrelin hormone is drastically reduced. The result is that patients feel full more quickly and experience virtually no cravings.

Secondary bariatric surgery is often highly complex, as scar tissue or adhesions formed from the original operation can make the surgery more difficult. That's why it's important to find a surgeon who is adept at performing revision weight loss surgeon. Researching the physician's credentials, experience and standing with the medical board is of the utmost importance to help reduce risks from surgical complications and maximize weight loss results.

What's more, the approach Dr. Feiz takes with his revision weight loss isn't simply providing the surgery and never seeing the patient again. Dr. Feiz and his team of medical experts combine bariatric, nutritional and psychological health components to patients through their fight against morbid obesity.

Patients who are successful in continuing their fight against obesity are rewarded with improved health and longer lives. Often, these patients reverse their comorbid conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, infertility and joint pain. Many patients turn to Dr. Feiz because of his excellent educational background, training and stellar reputation. Most importantly, he boasts a 0 percent mortality rate. Call the offices of Dr. Feiz & Associates today at 800-868-5946 to learn more about revision weight loss surgery and get back on track today!

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