Gastric Sleeve: The Fastest Growing Bariatric Procedure
In the early days of bariatric surgery, the gastric bypass procedure was considered to be the best and only option for patients who want weight loss surgery. Later, the Lap Band procedure was developed as an alternative that generally results in fewer complications. Now, bariatric surgeons have the sleeve gastrectomy procedure that is considered to be an outstanding middle ground between the two other procedures. The gastric sleeve procedure results in great weight loss results without some of the complications seen in the gastric bypass. Now, many patients who have already had the gastric band put in, or those who have yet to have any weight loss surgery are asking more and more about the benefits of the lap band vs. the gastric sleeve procedure.
Dr. Michael Feiz is one of the most highly regarded bariatric surgeons in Los Angeles, and he has several offices spread across the greater Los Angeles area so he can help as many patients as possible. Not only is he highly skilled in performing minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery when doing both the Lap Band and the gastric sleeve procedures, he is also an expert when it comes to band to sleeve revision surgery. Many patients who get a sleeve gastrectomy after lap band surgery are amazed how one procedure can work for them so much better than another one. While this is not to say that the Lap Band procedure cannot be an effective way to lose weight, many patients do see a notable boost in weight loss after they switch from a Lap Band to a gastric sleeve.