Sleeve vs. Lap Band Questions Answered
For many people who are only a few pounds overweight, they can cut out snacking or exercise a little more, and shed the pounds. However, if you are a person who struggles with being severely obese, then these simple steps are not actually so simple at all. In fact, sometimes people who are severely obese can gain rebound weight, which puts them at a higher risk of comorbid diseases like heart disease or diabetes. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., founded Dr. Feiz & Associates so he could help people lose weight and regain their health. He is not only one of the leading bariatric surgeons on the West Coast, he is also one of the few surgeons who specializes in gastric sleeve after Lap Band.
Most people who have the Lap Band device implanted lose weight successfully. However, in some rare cases, a surgeon can tighten the Band in the wrong spot, or they can leave it too loose. This prevents successful weight loss, or it can cause discomfort. Also, some surgeries simply don’t produce sufficient results. That’s when Dr. Feiz can perform Lap Band revision surgery. This involves removing the Lap Band, then removing a portion of the stomach to create a smaller, sleeve-like organ – i.e., the gastric sleeve. This minimally-invasive procedure helps Dr. Feiz’s patients continue to lose weight, so they can be healthy and overcome comorbid diseases.
Whether you need a revision procedure, or you just have questions about whether gastric sleeve vs. Lap Band is right for you, contact Dr. Feiz & Associates today. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team will set you up with your first appointment.