Study on Knee and Joint Health Points to Restorative Nature of Bariatric Surgery, Notes Dr. Feiz & Associates

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Commenting on a recent article, the Los Angeles bariatric surgery clinic Dr. Feiz & Associates explains that bariatric surgery may be a cost-effective alternative to knee replacement in patients with severe obesity and osteoarthritis.

Issues such as joint pain and osteoarthritis are just a few of the comorbidities that make living with severe obesity all the more harmful

Dr. Feiz & Associates explains that bariatric procedures such as the gastric sleeve and the Lap Band continue to help many a patient lose large amounts of excess body weight.

While bariatric surgery is generally considered an effective means of long-term weight loss for people with severe obesity, an article published April 14th on Orthopedics Today explains that its impact in terms of weight loss may also improve the outcomes of patients who need knee replacement surgery. The article states that, when considering the long-term health benefits associated with bariatric surgery, it may actually be a more cost-effective solution for patients with osteoarthritis who may be in need of a knee replacement while still severely obese, but who will very likely no longer need the intervention once their body mass has been significantly decreased. Commenting on this article, the Los Angeles based bariatric surgery clinic, Dr. Feiz & Associates, says that, for a considerable amount of people struggling with severe obesity, issues such as joint pain and osteoarthritis are just a few of the comorbidities that make living with severe obesity all the more harmful. Indeed, the clinic explains that patients who undergo weight loss surgery can expect an improvement or resolution in many obesity-related co-morbidities, including type 2 diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, depression, sleep apnea, and more.

Dr. Feiz & Associates explains that, because all of these health concerns are linked to obesity, that a major reduction in excess body weight can bring about massive quality of life benefits for a great many patients. The clinic points to bariatric surgery as an effective means of jumpstarting the weight loss journey for many people, with procedures such as the Lap Band and the gastric sleeve becoming two of the most common. The clinic explains them in detail:

The Lap Band: Gastric binding is a procedure that reduces the stomach’s overall volume and capacity, which in turn reduces a patient’s appetite and tends to make the prospect of overeating uncomfortable and undesirable. A patient who elects the Lap Band can normally expect to have a few re-adjustment procedures to ensure that they meet their weight loss goals. New Jersey governor Chris Christie is a particularly well-known example of the Lap Band’s success, Dr. Feiz & Associates explains; the former presidential candidate successfully lost as much as 100 pounds after the procedure according to many reports.

The gastric sleeve: The sleeve gastrectomy procedure has a two-fold effect. Firstly, it involves removing a large portion of the stomach tissue, which also reduces its capacity, allowing the patient to feel fuller faster than previously. Secondly, this removal also curbs the release of the hormone ghrelin, which is responsible for the all-too-common hunger pangs that induce many people to eat more than they intend to.

Dr. Feiz & Associates explains that bariatric procedures such as the gastric sleeve and the Lap Band continue to help many a patient lose large amounts of excess body weight. For more information about the health benefits bariatric surgery offers, interested readers may call Dr. Feiz & Associates at (310) 855-8058 or visit the clinic’s website at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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