Hunger Hormone Ghrelin
Many who have had difficulties with losing weight have turned to Michael Feiz, MD, FACS for life-changing bariatric procedures. One of the most recommended procedures at Dr. Feiz’s office is the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. After this laparoscopic operation, the stomach is reduced to about a third of its original size. The patient can only have a fraction of the food intake they could before and, with the assistance of Dr. Feiz, will begin a healthier way of living. Recent studies have shown that an added benefit of the sleeve gastrectomy surgery is that it eliminates the ghrelin hormone from being produced.
Now, what is ghrelin? Ghrelin is a hormone produced by the stomach that causes a sensation of hunger. The hunger hormone ghrelin is the only hormone currently known to increase appetite. Furthermore, this hunger hormone ghrelin has been found in higher levels in people who have lost weight through non-surgical means, making it more difficult for them to keep off the weight. Studies have shown that after the gastric sleeve, patients report a loss of the feeling of hunger produced by ghrelin.
Of course, reducing the hunger hormone ghrelin isn’t the end all be all of weight loss surgery. Diet, exercise, and emotional habits all have to be changed and monitored after any bariatric surgery. In this respect, Dr. Feiz is an incredible ally throughout your weight loss journey. He’s with you every step of the way: before, during, and after your weight loss surgery. His bedside manner is exemplary; his knowledge and capability of medicine is even greater.
If you’d like to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Feiz where these issues can be comfortably discussed, then you should call his office today at 310-855-8058.