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The Hunger Hormone and How it Affects Your Life Before Gastric Sleeve Surgery

As a first-rate bariatric surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Michael Feiz performs all forms of weight loss surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy. Also called gastric sleeve surgery, this more recently developed surgery has been proven to effectively curb hunger so patients can lose weight and keep it off. As a preeminent weight loss surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Michael Feiz has had great success utilizing gastric sleeve surgery on his patients. During the procedure, about 85 percent of the stomach is removed, including the part the produces “the hunger hormone,” ghrelin. This hormone is responsible for the constant cravings and urges many obese people feel that often keep them from focusing on other things in life.

A question Dr. Feiz is frequently asked by his patients is regarding the pros and cons of lap band vs. gastric sleeve surgery, and which would be best for their unique circumstances. Depending on what the patient is comfortable with, lap band is often lauded for being the least invasive of any bariatric surgery, as no permanent alterations are made to the digestive system. One of the noted cons, however, is that weight loss occurs at a slower rate. Gastric sleeve surgery is noted for a more rapid rate of weight loss, as well as being effective at curbing hunger. Both procedures yield excellent results five years after the procedure, however, notes Dr. Feiz.

If you are considering bariatric surgery in Los Angeles, look to Dr. Feiz & Associates, designated as a center of excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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