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Sleeve Gastrectomy in Los Angeles Can Help

Over two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, obese, or severely obese. While many of these people may benefit from changes to diet and exercise, people with a great deal of weight to lose need extra help. If you have a body mass index of 40 or more, you may qualify for weight loss surgery. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., is one of the West Coast’s leading experts in weight loss surgery, such as the band to sleeve revision. He has gathered a knowledgeable and helpful team to start Dr. Feiz & Associates. At his practice, Dr. Feiz and his team help patients with bariatric procedures and also provide high quality care before and after the procedure.

In the last few years, sleeve gastrectomy in Los Angeles and much of the rest of the world has been in high demand. This procedure is popular because it is one of the most effective. Sleeve gastrectomy removes about 75 to 85 percent of the stomach, creating a small “sleeve” or pouch. This smaller stomach helps patients feel fuller and more satisfied after small meals.

However, that’s not the whole story. The procedure also removes the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, or the “hungry hormone.” In people who tend to overeat and then find that their urges only increase as they lose weight, this hormone is usually the culprit. The brain does not stop receiving the signal that the stomach is hungry for too long, and that can lead to hunger pangs, cravings, and overeating. Without ghrelin, many patients find that they feel better and lose weight a great deal more easily. If you think you may qualify for gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy after Lap Band, contact Dr. Feiz & Associates.