When It Comes to People with Severe Obesity, the Wait Should Finally Be Over Regarding Bariatric Surgery, suggests Dr. Feiz and Associates

New Years is in the past and summer is months away, but obesity is a life-threatening illness and there's no reason to delay looking into bariatric surgery

Apr 12, 2013, 21:09 ET from Dr. Feiz and Associates

LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's not news that obesity and morbid obesity especially is a serious health issue. Still, this condition has become so common that it's relatively easy to ignore the dangers inherent in it – at least until our condition becomes so serious that we can't ignore them. Renowned Lap band and gastric sleeve expert, Dr. Michael Feiz would like to remind severely obese people that it's truly best not to wait until our doctors tell us that our weight has become a life or death matter.

The problem is that too many people tend to wait for an especially propitious time to start looking into bariatric surgeries like the Lap band or gastric sleeve, but that time never seems to arise. Work and personal obligations never completely go away, life goes on, and things never really seem to clear up particularly. At a certain point, it is time for morbidly obese especially to end the unnecessary delays and start taking a serious look at whether or not obtaining a bariatric surgery is right for them. 

One piece of good news is that there are now more options than ever for bariatric surgery. For many patients, the more traditional gastric bypass has given way to the sleeve gastrectomy. As performed by Dr. Feiz at a hospital for weight loss surgery in Marina Del Rey, this operation removes approximately 75-85 percent of the stomach, including a section called the fundus. Aside from significantly reducing the capacity of the stomach, the operation also removes a section of the stomach which produces a hormone called ghrelin, which is believed to be responsible for the feelings of hunger we experience even after we have eaten more than enough food. The lap band uses minuscule laparoscopic cameras to install a band which ties off a portion of the stomach, shrinking its capacity greatly but also allowing for adjusting the operation or removing it entirely.

Of course, any kind of bariatric surgery is taking a big step. When performed by an outstanding practitioner like Dr. Feiz, these surgeries often resulted in permanent major weight losses for people who had previously been unable to defeat their weight problem with such traditional methods as diet and exercise. At the same time, however, they are not precisely "magic bullets" and still require lifelong changes in the patient's eating habits in order to be fully effective.

When it comes to bariatric surgery, patients need to find a middle ground between putting off bariatric surgery indefinitely and rushing into it. The best way to learn more and get started is to visit the Dr. Feiz's website at www.drfeiz.com or you can call 800-868-5946 for a free initial consultation.

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