For Weight Loss, a Lap Band Revision Can Be Even Better than a Change in Attitude

Dr. Michael Feiz, famed bariatric surgeon, knows that your outlook and your body are more connected than many people assume

Jun 20, 2014, 19:25 ET from Dr. Feiz and Associates

LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- While many severely obese people are looking seriously into weight loss surgery, exploring the pros and cons of lap band vs. sleeve gastrectomy procedures, others are spending time blaming themselves for having the wrong attitude - and that's not helpful. We've all read the self-help articles that focus on a person's psychological outlook regarding weight loss, but famed bariatric physician Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., understands that sometimes a lap band or sleeve gastrectomy in Marina Del Rey is far more useful than years on a therapist's couch or shelves full of self-help books. Of course, our mental attitudes towards eating can definitely help us to improve the health of our bodies. However, it turns out that our bodies' impact on our psyches can be far more powerful when it comes to defeating obesity.

Dr. Feiz is a widely respected board certified bariatric surgeon noted for his vast skill in performing the most delicate procedures, including procedures like a lap band revision to gastric sleeve. At the same time, he is also highly appreciated by his patients for the help he and his staff provide in ensuring that weight loss goals are met in the aftermath of a surgery.  Even so, Dr. Feiz has also been at the forefront when it comes to explaining how weight loss surgery itself helps patients to develop the kind of attitude they need to lose weight permanently.

One significant problem many dieters face is that, the more weight they lose, the hungrier they tend to feel - even when they may know intellectually that they have consumed enough food. Procedures such as lap bands and sleeve gastrectomies work largely by significantly reducing the available area of the stomach. This tends to reduce the appetite, which makes eating large amounts uncomfortable. The result is that, spurred on by their body, dieters' attitude can dramatically change for the better.

While he has helped many patients to weight loss success via the lap band, Dr. Feiz has found that the gastric sleeve may be an especially effective option for some patients.  The sleeve procedure permanently removes roughly 75-85% of the stomach, including an area primarily responsible for the production of ghrelin, a powerful hunger hormone. Not only does it appear that overweight people produce more ghrelin than others, the production of the hormone tends to dramatically increase as we lose weight. Obviously, drastically cutting down the production of this hormone is a boon to obese patients who no longer have to deal with the persistent pangs of appetite which make sustaining a weight loss so difficult for most people.

There's no denying the importance of an appropriate attitude for weight loss patients. While Dr. Feiz's surgeries can make defeating obesity through diet and exercise far easier, they are not magic. That's why Dr. Feiz and his first-rate staff work hard to provide the medical and psychological follow-up to ensure that patients really are forging a new relationship with eating.  At the same time, however, his patients are free of the biologically driven attitudes that have traditionally made weight loss all but impossible for many severely obese individuals.

To learn more about bariatric procedures and inquire about a free seminar at Dr. Feiz's offices, please call 800-868-5946 or visit the doctor's web site at

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