Renowned Bariatric Surgeon Speaks out on Weight Loss Surgery Risks

The risks of severe obesity vastly outweigh possible surgical issues, notes Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

May 24, 2013, 13:19 ET from Dr. Feiz and Associates

LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As more highly effective weight loss surgery options become widely available, it's only natural for prospective patients to be concerned about the possible risks of such procedures. There has been no shortage of positive news regarding bariatric procedures recently, including studies on the gastric sleeve's reduction of the ghrelin hormone that causes hunger. However, there have also been media stories about risks and anecdotal stories that could create misgivings even about the sleeve gastrectomy surgery.  Noted weight loss surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. tells us that the benefits of bariatric surgery far outweigh the concerns. That's especially true when you work with an outstanding, board certified physician.

Dr. Feiz has one of the finest records of any bariatric surgeon in Southern California. Performing weight loss surgery in Marina Del Rey, Beverly Hills, and at locations throughout Southern California, Dr. Feiz boasts a 75% success rate, compared with a 60-70% success for bariatric surgeries as a whole. Of course, as with any surgery, there are always risks associated with the different weight loss surgeries. Dr. Feiz strongly encourages his patients to learn about all the available alternatives so they accurately weight both the risks and benefits. 

The most common risks associated with weight loss surgery are blood clots and bleeding. Dr. Feiz points out, however, that the risks of living with morbid obesity are far greater.  Indeed, the relationship between obesity and premature death has been clearly demonstrated. A tragically low one out of seven obese individuals reaches the average U.S. life expectancy (81 years of age for women; 76 for men).

Bariatric surgery, on the other hand, is the most effective therapy available for severe and intractable obesity, and often results in either a significant improvement or complete resolution of weight related conditions and illnesses. While losing weight through such traditional methods as a reduced calorie diet and exercise is ideal, most patients find permanent weight loss elusive or essentially impossible with those methods. Of course, results will vary based on each individual's situation, but Dr. Feiz has had many patients who have largely fulfilled their weight loss goals and have completely reversed such serious conditions as diabetes, high cholesterol, and joint pain.

As one of the nation's leading bariatric practitioners, Dr. Feiz is credited with some of the lowest complication rates in the country. In fact, Dr. Feiz and Associates has performed over 2000 procedures with a zero mortality rate and no major complications.

Dr. Feiz is very clear about the reasons for his success. "First, I am fellowship trained, board certified, and completely dedicated to weight loss surgery. Also, we only work with board certified anesthesiologists, and our nursing staff is highly experienced in aiding seriously obese patients. Moreover, the hospitals and medical facilities we use are designed for bariatric surgery and are highly supportive," Dr. Feiz said.

"Most important of all, however, is our strong commitment to monitoring the progress of our patients. Regular and focused long-term follow-up allows us to closely counsel patients on their progress, giving them the best chance for long-term success," Dr. Feiz added.

If you would like to join Dr. Feiz's growing roster of patients who have achieved their health and weight loss goals with his help, please visit his web site or call 800-868-5946 for your free initial consultation.

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