Egyptian Woman’s Extremely Dramatic Weight Loss Points Out Safety and Effectiveness of Today’s Procedures, says Dr. Feiz & Associates

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The Los Angeles area weight loss specialists comment on a recent article that weight loss surgery is a genuine lifesaver for many severely obese individuals.

Marlem lost 72 pounds with the help of a sleeve gastrectomy.

While Emam’s situation is unusually drastic and requires vastly more medical supervision than is typically required, the success of the woman’s treatment so far is illustrative of the extremely effective and safe nature of today’s weight loss surgery.

A May 5 article on Women’s Health tells the story of Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman who has lost a stunning 713 pounds in just two months, with seemingly good health results so far. The woman, who started out at over 1,100 pounds and who had been confined to her bed for 20 years, traveled to Mumbai, India’s Saifee Hospital to receive the procedure and remained under constant care due to the extreme nature of her condition and the very rapid weight loss she was experiencing. Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that, while Emam’s situation is unusually drastic and requires vastly more medical supervision than is typically required, the success of the woman’s treatment so far is illustrative of the extremely effective and safe nature of today’s weight loss surgery.

Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that, while sleeve gastrectomy is obtained by persons who are medically considered to be severely obese, most patients who obtain the procedure are dealing with vastly smaller amounts of weight than the case in Mumbai. They note that, to qualify for a weight loss surgery, patients need to have a BMI of 40 or above, or 35 and above with related health problems, to qualify for the procedure. This would mean, for example, that a 5’ 5”person who weighed 241 pounds, or a person of the same height weighing only 211 pounds but with type 2 diabetes related to her weight, might also qualify for a procedure. The important thing, the clinic notes, is that the patient is aware that the procedure will call for serious lifestyle changes and an entirely new relationship with food in order to be successful.

The clinic points out that it is always a serious error to assume that bariatric procedures are in any way an “easy way out” of the serious health challenge faced by people with standard cases of severe obesity. In fact, very often, they are the only way out. This is because the vast majority of severely obese individuals find that permanent weight loss is next to impossible. The clinic notes that the reason for the problem is not because of a lack of will power or determination on the part of obese individuals, it’s that the human body is essentially designed to maintain its present weight, whatever that weight is. Once an obese individual begins to lose weight, hunger inducing hormones such as ghrelin increase significantly, creating ever stronger feelings of hunger which get more and more difficult to ignore as the patient increasingly must struggle to even begin to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

The clinic notes that one of the primary reasons for the effectiveness of sleeve gastrectomy surgeries is that the procedure removes roughly 75-85% of the stomach, including the portion of the stomach primarily responsible for the production of ghrelin. Thus, overeating becomes uncomfortable but, perhaps even more importantly, the incessant urges to eat related to ghrelin are reduced to the point where individuals can focus on maintaining a healthy, reduced calorie diet as well as a sensible exercise regimen. They note that it’s an effort that can still be a challenge, but it is one that most patients are able to live up to.

Interested readers who would like to learn more about weight loss surgery are welcomed to contact Dr. Feiz & Associates at (800) 868-5946. They can also the visit it online at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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