Dr. Feiz and Associates Answer August's ‘Patient Submitted Question of the Month’: “How Can I Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery”

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Dr. Feiz has selected this as the medical office’s August ‘Question of the Month’ in response to recent patient questions about what they can do before surgery to help ensure success.

Dr. Feiz reminds that losing weight is something patients can do to help surgery go smoothly.

While on the surface, it may seem strange to advise losing weight before a procedure whose entire purpose is to aid in weight loss, there are several reasons why losing 10 to 15 pounds before the procedure may aid greatly in the long term results.

While bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. notes that he advises all of his patients as to the best practices when preparing for a bariatric procedure, some patients have been recently asking further questions relating to the best way to prepare for a procedure. Apart from the basic instructions typical for many types of surgery that should be followed in the days prior to the procedure, Dr. Feiz notes that the best thing that a patients can do before their weight loss operation is to lose some of their excess weight in advance. While he acknowledges that, on the surface, it may seem strange to advise losing weight before a procedure whose entire purpose is to aid in weight loss, there are several reasons why losing 10 to 15 pounds before the procedure may aid greatly in the long term results.

  • To Aid in Surgical Success – The primary reason why Dr. Feiz and other bariatric surgeons will advise that patients lose weight is to aid in the surgical process itself. Dr. Feiz notes that he conducts all of the bariatric procedures laparoscopically, which results in fewer complications than the now outdated open procedures which were once the standard. Yet, this laparoscopic method can be made easier when the surgeon has more room to work with inside the abdomen, and one of the easiest ways to provide for more space is for patients to lose weight. While Dr. Feiz notes that complications are rare, and his practice has a zero percent mortality rate, it is still better to take precautions to further reduce the chance of obstacles arising during the procedure.
  • To Prepare Oneself – While weight loss surgery is successful in most patients in that it allows them to feel satisfied with a smaller amount of food, adjusting to a new relationship with food can be difficult when patients need to turn their eating habits on a dime. Dr. Feiz notes that it can help ease patients psychologically into their weight loss journey if they are already starting to get used to a reduced food intake before their procedure. While this advice may be frustrating to many patients who are having the procedure done specifically because they are unable to lose weight before their procedure, anyone who has been able to lose 10 or 15 pounds in the past is strongly encouraged to try to replicate that success.

Any patients interested in learning more about what can be done before or after the surgery to provide for the best chance of successful weight loss can call Dr. Feiz & Associates at 310-855-8058 or visit the medical office online at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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