LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most frequent worries leading bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. hears when people come to his office seeking weight loss surgery is that they fear they will pass away early and have less time to spend with their children, or fail to accomplish important life goals. Their concern is understandable. According to a recent study published in PLOS Medicine, adults with extreme obesity could have their life expectancy reduced by 6-14 years. Fortunately, every day Dr. Feiz increases his patient's life expectancy and future quality of life with such procedures as lap band to gastric sleeve conversion. Many of these patients have seen his sleeve gastrectomy on the Doctors TV episode he shot in April, 2014, and were inspired to have the surgery themselves. They can now look forward to many more years of life without being plagued by the countless health and social issues faced by severely obese people.
"Given our findings, it appears that class III obesity is increasing and may soon emerge as a major cause of early death….," said Dr. Cari Kitahara, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI, and lead author of the study. "Prior to our study, little had been known about the risk of premature death associated with extreme obesity." Of course, highly experienced physicians like Dr. Feiz know first-hand that obesity carries an enormous number of health risks. Spending the past 15 years while working as a resident physician, chief resident, and staff surgeon, Dr. Feiz has seen first-hand proof that lap band and gastric sleeve surgery offers a proven surgical technique for patients who suffer from obesity and have experienced little to no success with exercise and dieting.
The results of the recent study highlight the need to develop more effective interventions to combat the growing public health problem of extreme obesity. Dr. Feiz and Associates have enjoyed enormous success with such procedures as the gastric sleeve patients, which involves removing 75-85% of the stomach. The reduced stomach area effectively restricts the flow of food particles to the intestines, leading the patient to experience a faster-acting and longer-lasting sensation of satiety, making weight loss vastly less difficult. It also substantially reduces the body's production of ghrelin; Dr. Feiz has been at the forefront of pointing out the crucial role this hormone may play in spurring overeating.
If you would like to benefit from years of added life without being plagued by the often very severe health conditions associated with obesity, treatment from the team at Dr. Feiz and Associates might be the ideal option. To learn more about bariatric procedures, or to inquire about a free seminar at Dr. Feiz's offices, visit the doctor's web site at www.drfeiz.com or call 800-868-5946. It just might the most important phone call of your entire life.
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