Band to Sleeve Revision for Better Weight Loss
One in 20 US adults is severely obese. If you are one of these individuals, you may have pursued a bariatric procedure in the past, such as the Lap Band. Although many people experience success losing weight with the help of the Lap Band, this device does not work for everyone. It can change position over time, loosen, or begin to degrade, causing abdominal pain and weight gain. Sometimes, there is simply not enough weight loss. If you are one of the people who have suffered this failure of your band, Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., is here to help you. He founded Dr. Feiz & Associates to help patients with procedures like band to sleeve revision.
The band to sleeve revision is also called sleeve gastrectomy after Lap Band. When you meet with Dr. Feiz, he will help you determine if you qualify for this procedure. The revision surgery involves removing the Lap Band, then performing the gastric sleeve operation, which removes about 75-85 percent of the stomach. The smaller stomach “sleeve” is similar to the band, because the smaller area will help you feel full after smaller meals. However, the gastric sleeve also removes the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, a hormone which signals the brain when the stomach is empty. This hormone can also cause intense cravings for food, even after eating enough calories. With the gastric sleeve, the hunger-like feelings that sabotage so many efforts at weight loss may very well be a thing of the past.
Contact Dr. Feiz & Associates today to determine if you qualify for the sleeve gastrectomy Los Angeles doctors recommend.