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Why Bariatric Surgery Works

World renowned bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. would like to make you aware of some new information regarding how and why bariatric surgery is so frequently successful.

It might not be very surprising that surgery which significantly reduces the size of the stomach would greatly reduce a person’s appetite. It turns out, however, that that’s just half the story. The answer turns out to be ghrelin.

This previously little known substance is a hormone secreted largely by an area of the stomach called the fundus. Often, it is theorized, obese people may have bodies that are just a little too good at manufacturing substances like the ghrelin hormone that make them feel honestly hungry, even when they have had much more than enough to eat. Losing weight through diet and exercise can actually trigger increased production of the hormone.

When performed correctly by an outstanding bariatric surgeon like Dr. Feiz, such procedures as a gastric sleeve remove roughly 75-85% of the stomach, including the fundus. Thus, the appetite is reduced to a level more in keeping with the actual need of the body for nutrients. It all sounds simple but, of course, it only works when performed by an expert surgeon. Dr. Feiz has performed countless bariatric surgeries on significantly obese patients, with a zero mortality rate. Few know more about the issues of weight and hunger.

To learn more about how your weight issues may relate to the hunger hormone ghrelin and to see if bariatric surgery might be the best approach to your personal weight issues, please phone Dr. Feiz’s 310-855-8058 or contact us through our web site.

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