Benefits of Sleeve vs. Lap Band for a Typical Person
For the average American adult, a few extra pounds can lead to some health problems, and dissatisfaction with their appearance. However, changes to diet and exercise are often enough to lose the weight. For one in 20 American adults, however, severe obesity means a long struggle with losing weight and trying to overcome serious comorbid diseases. If you are one of the individuals with a body mass index of 40 or greater, or 35 or greater with related comorbidities, you may qualify for weight loss surgery. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., founded Dr. Feiz & Associates to help patients make the best choices for their long-term health. Sometimes, this includes procedures like Lap Band revision surgery.
One of the most popular surgeries for many years has been the Lap Band procedure, which involves implanting a device that wraps around the stomach like a rubber band. This creates a smaller pouch for food, and, in theory, helps the person feel fuller after smaller meals. However, not everyone has experienced weight loss success with the band. To help these patients, Dr. Feiz has become one of the few weight loss surgeons qualified to perform a sleeve gastrectomy after Lap Band removal. This procedure first removes the band, then uses the sleeve gastrectomy technique to make the stomach permanently smaller.
If you are one of the people who did not experience successful weight loss with the Lap Band, you may qualify for a revision surgery. If you want to know if you qualify for a bariatric procedure to lose weight, and want to discuss the benefits of the sleeve vs. Lap Band procedures, contact Dr. Feiz & Associates today.