The Advantages of the Gastric Sleeve Approach to Weight Loss Surgery
Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. knows that no two patients are alike. That’s one reason why he’s excited about the increasing number of available bariatric surgery options that are open to obese patients today. Increasingly, many patients are turning to gastric sleeve surgery as the most viable option for them. It’s definitely an option that offers many benefits to a large number of patients.
One of the nation’s top bariatric surgeons, Dr. Feiz performs a vertical sleeve gastrectomy by removing a very large percentage of the stomach, then the stomach is reshaped into a sleeve-like configuration. By reducing the size of the stomach and altering the manner in which food moves to towards the lower digestive tract, patients experiencing a significant reduction in their appetite and their ability to eat excessive amounts of food, with dramatic weight loss resulting.
For many, but not all, patients, a vertical sleeve represents something of a “Goldilocks” option. It is less invasive that a traditional gastric bypass. Unlike a lap band procedure, which involves a band that ties off a portion of the stomach to reduce its capacity, the gastric sleeve is not reversible. It is, often, however, a more reliably effective approach when it comes to obtaining the actual weight loss required. Also, unlike either a bypass or a lap band, it can be performed with a single incision.
Since every patient’s situation really is dramatically different from every other patient’s, the only way to find out whether a gastric sleeve or some other approach is best for your situation is to begin to process by meeting with Dr. Feiz for a free initial consultation. For more information on Dr. Feiz, please call his office at 310-855-8058 or contact us online