Weight Loss Surgery California
Severe obesity is among the most serious of health hazards; it can often shorten an individual’s lifespan by 20 years or more and can greatly reduce the overall quality of life in the meantime. Unfortunately, most patients find that severe obesity is especially difficult to overcome; however, the good news is that weight loss surgery makes permanent and significant weight loss more achievable.
The reason for this is that, while a reduced calorie diet and exercise is the one and only way to achieve a healthy weight loss, most people have a very difficult time sticking to a low-calorie regimen over a lengthy period. Some may be able to lose their weight temporarily, but few are able to maintain it over the long-term. Bariatric procedures, however, reduce the appetite and often produce hormonal and metabolic impacts which dramatically improve the odds of a patient’s ongoing success in the battle against obesity. The California weight loss surgeries offered by Michael Feiz, M.D., F.AC.S. of Dr. Feiz & Associates can give severely obese patients the opportunity for a lifetime of improved health and happiness.
Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
Even with a procedure, weight loss always requires some effort. However, the health benefits are enormous. They include:
- Prevent, improve or eliminate type 2 diabetes.
- Improved energy and mobility.
- Decreased blood pressure.
- Reduce harmful LDL cholesterol and increase beneficial HDL cholesterol.
- Reduce triglycerides.
- Reduced risk of strokes, heart disease/heart attacks, and cancer.
- Improved breathing and heart rate.
- Reduce risk of kidney disease and kidney failure.
- Improved fertility for female patients.
- Improve or eliminate digestive problems, such as GERD (acid reflux).
- Reduce or eliminate sleep apnea.
- Reduced pain related to arthritis.
- Reduced risk of depression.
- Reduced risk of dementia.
Types of Weight Loss Surgery
California weight loss surgery options include what are sometimes medically referred to as restrictive and malabsorptive procedures. Restrictive procedures essentially reduce the size of the stomach, while malabsorptive procedures alter the function of the digestive tract. These include:
- Gastric Bypass. This malabsorptive procedure is one of the older forms of bariatric surgery and has therefore been studied very extensively. It alters the body’s ability to absorb calories and nutrients by rerouting food past a large part of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine. Therefore, many of the calories and nutrients pass through the digestive tract without being absorbed, while overeating becomes uncomfortable with this type of weight loss surgery.
- Lap Bands and Other Banding Procedures. These restrictive procedures essentially tie-off the majority of the stomach. The result is that overeating becomes uncomfortable and the appetite is reduced. Some patients prefer this approach because the procedure is reversible. However, a number of additional procedures are required to make needed adjustments.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy.This restrictive procedure has become the most frequent California weight loss surgery performed by Dr. Feiz for a number of reasons. It removes approximately 75-85 percent of the stomach and creates a much smaller sleeve like pouch. The procedure is highly effective because it works in two ways. Similar to a Lap Band, the smaller pouch makes overeating uncomfortable. At the same time, removing most of the stomach also removes the area of the body which is largely responsible for producing ghrelin, a little known hormone which tells us when it’s time to eat. Since obese individuals tend to overproduce this hormone, sleeve gastrectomies can greatly reduce the nagging feelings of appetite which sabotage most attempts at defeating obesity.
Dr. Feiz and his team are here to help guide you through the entire weight loss surgery process and help you make the important choices you need to defeat obesity and move on to a happier, healthier life. To learn more, call us at the number on this page or reach out to us via e-mail through our online contact form.