Even when prospective patients are aware of the scope of their obesity and the possible, extremely negative health affects it may cause, many are not aware of bariatric surgery’s effectiveness in helping patients lose weight.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2015
According to an article published September 22nd on Medical Xpress, a group of firefighters studied by the University of Texas Health Science Center were approximately twice as likely to seriously attempt to lose weight when advised by their doctor to do so. While there is nothing about this effect that is necessarily unique to firefighters, the group was selected because of a previous study that showed firefighters to have an increased chance of underestimating their need for weight loss, even though they are far from immune to obesity. According to Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz, this study demonstrates that, in many cases, there is a gap in the availability of medical advice and guidance that, if filled, could lead to more attempts at meaningful weight loss. Dr. Feiz explains that advice, encouragement, and support from both doctors and loved ones are both important to help patients make the decision to lose weight, and to commit to losing and keeping the weight off in the long-term. The weight loss surgery specialist suggests that there are two key components to influencing severely obese individuals to take action.
- The Decision – Dr. Feiz notes that, even when prospective patients are aware of the scope of their obesity and the possible, extremely negative health affects it may cause, many are not aware of bariatric surgery’s effectiveness in helping patients lose weight. Dr. Feiz explains that it is his job to give patients all of the information that they need to make the decision for themselves regarding whether or not weight loss surgery is right for them.
- The Commitment – Because bariatric procedures such as the sleeve gastrectomy are not reversible, Dr. Feiz notes that a patient needs to be certain that they can commit to the requirements of life after weight loss surgery before the procedure is performed. This means adopting a completely new relationship with food and abandoning many bad habits of the past. Dr. Feiz notes that, during the postoperative weight loss journey, his primary role in relation to the patient is to ensure that they are doing what is required to maintain proper nutrient health as the procedure aids in their weight loss. He notes that patients’ families also play a very important role in this regard. By reminding loved ones of the importance of their commitment and how proud and supportive they are of the patient’s choice to embark on this weight loss journey, families can play a crucial role in ensuring a journey’s success.
Dr. Feiz acknowledges that taking the first step towards weight loss can be difficult, but he and his staff at Dr. Feiz and Associates are standing by to provide support to any patients considering weight loss surgery. Prospective patients can call the bariatric surgery center at 310-855-8058 or visit them online at http://www.DrFeiz.com.