LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The team at Dr. Feiz and Associates has become renowned for their life-changing weight loss surgeries. By performing procedures like sleeve gastrectomy, which involves removal of the hunger-stimulating ghrelin hormone from the stomach, the surgeons are able to help patients lose substantial amounts of weight without the discomfort of hunger pangs. While the benefits of weight-loss surgery for the extremely obese like gastric sleeve are well-documented, new research suggests that those who are only moderately obese may also experience significantly improved health.
For those suffering from mild or moderate obesity, new research shows that weight-loss surgery can improve type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol more effectively than conventional diabetes management and lifestyle changes. "We're seeing a pattern in these studies. There's a definite impact on the diabetes after surgery. Some people don't respond so well, but most do," says Dr. Bruce Wolfe, a professor of surgery and co-director of bariatric surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Normally, weight-loss surgeries are done on those with a BMI of 40 or above. However, if an individual has heart disease risk factors like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea, a highly-trained bariatric surgeon like Dr. Feiz can achieve incredible results through bariatric surgery on an individual with a BMI of 35 or more.
Dr. Feiz and Associates is the practice of the renowned Michael Feiz, M.D., FACS. Prior to heading the exceptional team at Dr. Feiz and Associates, the accomplished surgeon completed an internship and residency at the famous Los Angeles County USC Medical Center as well as a fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. There, he received specialized training in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, talents he puts to great use today as the head surgeon of a team of some of the finest weight-loss surgeons working today.
"I think we found some promising results for the lower BMI patients with diabetes," says Dr. Melinda Maggard-Gibbons, associate professor with RAND Health in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Maggard-Gibbons points out that "we need longer and larger studies" before we know for sure how sustainable the changes are, but for those who are mildly obese and looking for a way to bolster their health and life expectancy, it is encouraging news. For the moderately and extremely obese alike, the expert surgeons at Dr. Feiz and Associates can offer expert medical advice and, naturally, world-class surgical skill. For a free consultation at Dr. Feiz and Associates, please call 310-817-6911 or visit the doctor's contact page at www.drfeiz.com. Dr. Feiz and his team are always eager to assist those in need of first-class weight loss solutions, so don't hesitate to call.
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