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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a blanket term for a number of procedures designed to make weight loss less difficult. It is important to realize these procedures are never an “easy way out”; as anyone who has tried to lose a significant amount of weight or studied the statistics on weight loss knows, there is no such thing.

What these procedures do, however, is address the persistent pangs of hunger and appetite which sabotage the large majority of efforts at defeating obesity over the long long-term by making overeating less comfortable and often actually reducing nagging urges to overeat. Bariatric surgeries don’t make weight loss easy, they make it achievable.

What Types of Bariatric Procedures are Available?


Increasingly, bariatric procedures performed today fall into two categories. They are:

Sleeve Gastrectomy. By far the most common procedure performed at the present time, this surgery removes roughly 75-85% of the patient’s stomach. This procedure is less radical than earlier techniques while also boasting a very high rate of safety and effectiveness in terms of encouraging significant and permanent weight loss. This procedure is highly effective because it works in two separate ways. First, making the stomach smaller makes it uncomfortable to overeat, reducing appetite. Second, it removes the portion of the stomach that appears to be largely responsible for the production of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone” that appears to be responsible for the constant urges to eat that plague nearly all serious dieters

Gastric Bypass. The oldest of the most popular bariatric procedures has developed an outstanding track record of effectiveness, but it has become less common as it is also the most radical procedure. It creates a very small stomach pouch, about the size of an egg, which is surgically attached to the small intestine. This means that not only is overeating uncomfortable, very unpleasant reactions can occur in the digestive track if the patient eats too much of certain kinds of food. Patients who get this procedure need to watch their nutrition carefully and use the right kind of supplementation.

Who is bariatric surgery for?

Bariatric surgery is intended for patients who are considered severely obese. Severely obese individuals are defined as anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or over, or anyone with BMI of 30 or over and a related comorbidity (health problem), such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

Is Bariatric Surgery for Me?

The only way to find out is to consult a qualified bariatric surgeon. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., has performed countless successful procedures for men and women from all walks of life, and he is widely regarded as one of the finest surgeons in the field. To find out more, contact our offices at the phone number above, or reach out to Dr. Feiz and our team through our contact page. You can see how your experience would be with Dr. Feiz by watching the video below.

Because of the internet and the widespread dissemination of knowledge in today’s world, it’s easy to learn a lot about weight loss surgery, especially for those who are hoping to have it. However, what’s missing from this easily accessed information is an expert, personalized opinion from a doctor. Michael Feiz, MD, FACS believes that there’s no one size fits all approach to bariatric surgery and that it’s incredibly important to meet with an experienced weight loss surgeon before committing yourself to one type of surgery over another.

Dr. Feiz offers free consultations in a wide range of locations around Los Angeles, in areas that include Beverly Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Valencia, Lancaster, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Hesperia, Bakersfield, and much more. In one of these low-commitment, friendly meetings, Dr. Feiz will discuss the many types of bariatric surgeries like gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, FDA-compliant Lap Band, and even conversion surgeries (where one of these procedures are converted to the gatric sleeve for sustained weight loss). He’ll then listen to your medical history and let you know if you qualify for weight loss surgery.

Once that’s been determined, Dr. Feiz and his team can discuss with you which of the procedures is most appropriate for you. There are many variables at play when it comes to determining the right procedure for you, including age, medical history, lifestyle, and more. These consultations are meant to be informative; as such, Dr. Feiz will also field questions about gastric sleeve, bypass, and lap band surgery cost and recovery times. More than anything, Dr. Feiz wants his patients to be mentally prepared for the changes that are coming their way. Contact us online for more information!

Join Us for an Upcoming Online Weight Loss Seminar

Do you feel like you have tried everything to lose weight? Have you already had an unsuccessful weight loss surgery? Dr. Michael Feiz and his team will provide you with all the information and resources you need to make an educated decision about weight loss surgery. Although details vary from patient to patient, we will be with you every step of the way. From surgery—> to recovery—> to a permanent healthy lifestyle!

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