Dr. Feiz and Associates Answer October’s ‘Patient Submitted Question of the Month’: “How Permanent is Weight Loss Surgery”

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Dr. Feiz has selected this as the medical office’s October ‘Question of the Month’ in response to recent patient questions about the permanence of the procedures.

One of the many successful patients of Dr. Feiz.

Some of these procedures, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, are entirely permanent and cannot be reversed once a portion of the stomach is removed. On the other hand, the gastric band procedure is entirely reversible.

According to Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., one of the most frustrating things about trying to lose weight is the lifelong battle to maintain weight loss results over time. With these anxieties on patients’ minds, Dr. Feiz says that it is natural that, especially recently, so many patients have been asking him questions pertaining to the permanence of weight loss surgery. He explains that this question often comes up in the small group information seminars hosted by the medical group, and although it can be properly answered in that setting, he would like the information available to patients everywhere.

Interestingly, he says, patients seem to be asking that same question for different reason. While some patients feel more hesitant about undergoing a procedure that will have irreversible effects, others are comforted by the fact that they finally could have access to permanent tools to maintain a healthy weight after a whole lifetime of obesity. Just as the question is motivated by two different ideas, there is more than one answer that is correct.

Dr. Feiz explains that, first and foremost, patients should understand that weight loss surgery is not one thing, but rather a general term for a group of procedures that lead to rapid weight loss by limiting the body’s desire and capacity for food intake. He notes that some of these procedures, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, are entirely permanent and cannot be reversed once a portion of the stomach is removed. On the other hand, the gastric band procedure is entirely reversible. In fact, Dr. Feiz notes that Lap Band removals are becoming increasingly common in recent years as patients decide that, in their particular case, the band’s effectiveness is not what they were hoping for.

While many patients happily keep their band in for many years after their procedure, Dr. Feiz explains that they still need to go in for regular adjustment appointments to ensure the band is working properly. He explains that the gastric sleeve, however, does not need any adjustments due to the fact that no foreign objected are implanted into the body that would need to be adjusted. This is one of many reasons why a growing number of patients opt for band to sleeve conversion procedures.

For more information about the specifics of the different weight loss surgery procedures, the results patients can expect, and personal accounts from patients who have already gone through the process, patients can call the medical group today at 310-855-8058 or visit them online at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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