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Weighing Your Weight Loss Options

Thanks to advancements in technology, and the expertise of surgeons, bariatric surgery has become an increasingly safe option for people struggling with morbid obesity. Nevertheless, any time you consider a surgical approach, you understandably want to first know everything you can about what such an approach will entail. That is why the professionals at Dr. Feiz & Associates, a leading weight loss surgery center in Beverly Hills, CA, are on hand to answer all you questions regarding the relative pros and cons of gastric sleeve vs. lap band or gastric sleeve vs. gastric bypass.

Let’s start with the choice of gastric sleeve vs. lap band. Gastric sleeve surgery involves removing 75-85% of the stomach and then sculpting the remaining portion into a narrow sleeve-like shape, which slows the intake of food and thus enables a person to achieve satiety while eating less. The Lap Band does not involve removing or cutting any internal organs, which may make it a more appealing choice for those whose health may warrant a less invasive procedure. Instead, the surgeon attaches a plastic adjustable band around the stomach, which then tightens to restrict the flow of food particles into the intestines.

The final determination of gastric bypass vs. gastric sleeve must be made as a collaborative process between the doctor and patient. It is the responsibility of the doctor to fully inform the patient about all the options available to him or her. At the same time, it is the responsibility of the patient to fully commit to a healthier lifestyle in the long-term, so as to make the most of the results achieved with the operation.

For more information please contact Dr. Feiz’s clinic today or call him (toll free) at 800-868-5946, or at 310-817-6911.