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Lap Gastric Bypass Los Angeles

For morbidly obese patients who are looking for a weight loss solution, Lap Gastric Bypass in Los Angeles is a proven method to permanently reduce food intake and promote weight loss. Los Angeles is a town filled with slim bodies in revealing clothing, and the desire to fit in by maintaining a healthy weight can drive people to surgical weight loss procedures such as the Lap Gastric Bypass. The Lap Gastric Bypass involves the stapling of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch that is much smaller than the natural stomach. The new size of the stomach after Lap Gastric Bypass is no bigger than an egg, which disallows the patient from eating much more than a few bites per meal.

Additionally, the way the Lap Gastric Bypass is performed makes Los Angeles patients less prone to cheating with liquid calorie intake. This is because all food consumed after Lap Gastric Bypass surgery passes immediately into a surgically attached segment of the small intestine that cannot handle concentrated calories. If high fat and sugar foods are consumed after Lap Gastric Bypass, the patient will experience an extremely unpleasant bodily reaction that includes heart palpitations, clamminess, nausea and possibly even diarrhea. Los Angeles patients who have Lap Gastric Bypass quickly learn to disassociate fatty, high sugar foods with feeling good since they experience so many negative symptoms after consumption. This benefit of the Lap Gastric Bypass in Los Angeles is a blessing in disguise for patients, since it works to retrain the way the brain associates these ‘comfort’ foods long term, and can help permanently alter eating habits for future health.


The Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery include:Lap Gastric Bypass Los Angeles

* Quicker Weight Loss about 20-25 lbs/week.
* Greater over all weight loss.
* Less prone to cheating with liquid calories.

The risks specific to Gastric Bypass include:

* Risk of a leak where the intestine and stomach pouch are sewn together.
* Dumping Syndrome
* Malnutrition

We use a surgical stapling device to divide the upper stomach and create a small stomach "pouch" This pouch is shaped to be about the size of an egg and will hold 25 ml. This means that a smaller portion of food will give the feeling of fullness. This restriction on the amount of food one eats before feeling full, is the main way that the Gastric Bypass promotes weight loss.

Food leaves this tiny stomach pouch into a segment of small intestine (the Roux limb), which is surgically attached to the stomach pouch. A key feature of this small intestine is that it cannot handle concentrated calories. If the patient consumes foods that contains high concentrated sugar or fat containing foods this segment of intestine reacts by creating a temporary illness called dumping syndrome.

Dumping syndrome can be caused after gastric bypass by intake of simple carbohydrates (sugar, or some starches). Dumping syndrome is characterized by palpitations (fast heart rate), a clammy feeling, queasiness and nausea, sometimes vomiting, and sometimes diarrhea. Usually the patient feels weak, and must lie down for 30-60 minutes. Dumping syndrome is not dangerous but it feels absolutely horrible. The thought of dumping syndrome seems to help change habits away from these types of food.
However with time the small intestine adapts and the symptoms of dumping are much less. This may be the reason why some post bypass patients gain 10-15% of their weight back. It is important to form healthy habits early on after Bypass surgery.

Laparoscopic Gastric Surgery

Laparoscopic gastric surgery is an increasingly popular way for obese individuals to surgically lose the excess weight they are carrying around. When an obese person has tried a number of different diet and workout programs and still cannot lose weight, weight loss surgery becomes a viable alternative. Excess weight can lead to a number of dangerous health problems including arthritis, joint pain, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart strain, which is why it is so important for obese individuals to actively seek a solution to their weight problem. Even if an overweight individual feels comfortable in his or her skin, the fact remains that obesity is a silent killer - it taxes the body’s organs and vascular system and causes it to work overtime, and contributes to a number of diseases. Because of this, laparoscopic gastric surgery is covered by many PPO insurances.

For Southern California residents who are considering laparoscopic gastric surgery, the Beverly Hills Comprehensive Weight Loss Center is a leading destination for gastric surgery. Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., FACS, lead surgeon at the center, is a renowned specialist is laparoscopic gastric surgery. Dr. Feiz has performed gastric surgery on thousands of patients, enabling them to regain a healthy body weight and a new outlook on life. One of the biggest benefits to having laparoscopic gastric surgery at the Beverly Hills Comprehensive Weight Loss Center is the clinic’s 360 degree approach to healthy and sustained weight loss. With access to a full time surgeon, nutritionist and psychologist on staff, patients who undergo laparoscopic gastric surgery have a high rate of success.


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Dr. Feiz & Associates offer many options to people interested in solutions for weight loss in Los Angeles. The highly experienced Dr. Michael Feiz and his team provide gastric sleeve surgery and the Lap Band in Los Angeles. They also provide gastric sleeve surgery and the Lap Band in Beverly Hills, Oxnard, Huntington Beach, and a variety of other convenient office locations.

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