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Sleeve vs. Lap Band: Some Realities

Losing weight is a struggle for a lot of American adults, but for people with severe obesity, sometimes losing weight means staying alive. Comorbid diseases like diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and even depression not only limit the quality of your life, but can lead to fatal conditions if they are not stopped. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., and his team at Dr. Feiz & Associates work hard to help their patients lose weight and keep it off. Bariatric surgery is the best option for many people who are severely obese, and the team at Dr. Feiz & Associates can help by answering questions about gastric sleeve vs. Lap Band.

Sleeve gastrectomy has proven to be one of the most effective forms of weight loss surgery, and Dr. Feiz is one of the most qualified weight loss surgeons on the West Coast. The gastric sleeve procedure involves removing about 75-85 percent of the patient’s stomach, creating a smaller “sleeve” in which food is digested. Unlike gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy does not re-arrange the digestive system, and unlike the Lap Band, the gastric sleeve will not degrade or require ongoing adjustments. In fact, people who choose sleeve gastrectomy not only successfully eat less, they typically feel more satisfied after smaller, healthier meals. While banding can be a successful option, it sometimes fails for numerous reasons, which is why many patients decide on a gastric sleeve after Lap Band.

Whether you need Lap Band revision surgery, or want to see if you qualify for an initial bariatric procedure, contact Dr. Feiz & Associates for help getting healthy and happier. 

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