Getting Beyond the Chocolate Bunnies and Brisket with Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Feiz and Associates help severely obese people remember that spring is the time for new beginnings

Apr 07, 2014, 16:46 ET from Dr. Feiz and Associates

LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are obese, you probably know how spring holidays like Easter and Passover can be overwhelmed by concerns about overindulging in your favorite foods. Dr. Michael Feiz, a master of such delicate bariatric procedures as lap band to sleeve revision, would like to remind us that springtime holidays are much more so about new beginnings. Indeed, this season has been busy at Dr. Feiz and Associates as new patients have been contacting the office, attending free seminars, and learning about the relative merits of gastric sleeve vs lap band procedures. Even more people are finding out via powerful online gastric sleeve video how the highly sophisticated nature of Dr. Feiz's minimally invasive approach to surgery can help patients achieve a new start.

The fact of the matter is that it's not holiday excess that makes sustained weight loss so impossible for most dieters; it's the everyday urges to overeat and which only seem to get stronger as patients begin to lose weight. Dr. Feiz has been at the forefront of identifying a hormone called ghrelin as one of the chief culprits in this phenomenon. Overweight people appear to manufacture more ghrelin and, once they start dieting and losing weight, production of the hormone only increases. The result is a cycle in which the body and brain overcome our best efforts at weight loss by making us feel as if we need to eat more food, even though we may intellectually know we've consumed more than enough.

Dr. Feiz notes that all weight loss procedures drastically reduce the hunger signals sent to the brain by significantly reducing the size of the stomach. However, he has also noted that the gastric sleeve may be even more reliably effective because the procedure removes a portion of the stomach called the fundus, which produces most of the body's ghrelin. Without the fundus, and with a smaller stomach, patients can eat dramatically less food without being plagued by persistent cravings.

Of course, weight loss is more complex than even the most sophisticated surgery. Moreover, obtaining a lap band or gastric sleeve procedure is not like being cured of obesity by a magic wand. Patients must still forge a new relationship with food. That's why Dr. Feiz and his staff carefully monitor patients in the crucial weeks and months following surgery to help them deal with the temptations of daily life, as well as in handling the special temptations held by large holiday meals and seasonal treats. 

If you are ready for making a new start in life this spring, now is the time to call (800) 868-5946 today. You can also visit Free seminars for prospective patients are regularly available. Dr. Feiz's friendly and professional staff looks forward to hearing from you.

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