When Weight Gain Becomes a Health Issue
Everyone who’s ever dealt with serious weight issues understands that being overweight or obese can be extremely difficult. The impact on self-esteem, the feeling of not being comfortable in one’s one skin, the day-to-day physical issues that can range from an inability to participate in strenuous sports and exercise to difficulty performing even routine tasks…the physical and emotional pain can be never-ending. Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., FACS is Southern California’s premier practitioner of obesity surgery and he is very is clear when he says that not everyone is a candidate for a bariatric procedure.
Obviously, people who are only mildly overweight should seek to lose weight through such traditional methods as diet and exercise. However, there are many borderline cases of people who may have a number of health issues related to being overweight who may nevertheless be better off considering other strategies. That being said, it’s also true that Dr. Feiz is a leading pioneer in the field of less invasive weight loss surgery.
In particular, the lap band is a type of surgery that is not only less invasive, but is also removable and adjustable. In this kind of surgery, a band of sorts is tied around the top of the stomach, reducing its capacity to hold food. The result is a dramatic drop in appetite and weight. The kind of surgery known as VSG – an acronym for “vertical sleeve gastrectomy” – is more radical but also extremely effective in many cases. It surgically reduces to size of the stomach to a sleeve-like shape, effectively eliminating the desire for excessive food intake in most patients.
Dr. Feiz is beloved by his patients for his thoughtful and compassionate approach. If you are wondering if weight loss surgery is right for you, please contact our office for a free consultation.