New Study Highlights the Leading Status of the Sleeve Gastrectomy as the Most Popular Bariatric Surgery Option for Americans, notes Dr. Michael Feiz & Associates

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Commenting on the recent study, the Los Angeles-based bariatric surgeon notes that sleeve gastrectomy, which is less invasive than a traditional gastric bypass, offers important advantages

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This procedure can produce excellent results, improving both the quality and length of patients’ lives

According to a recent article published December 23rd in US News Health, when it comes to weight loss surgery, sleeve gastrectomy has surged in popularity, overtaking the older gastric bypass. Los Angeles-based bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz F.A.C.S. notes that, for people with severe obesity who have repeatedly yet unsuccessfully tried to lose weight through diet and exercise, this procedure can produce excellent results, improving both the quality and length of patients’ lives. Furthermore, Dr. Feiz & Associates note that this significant increase in popularity is not surprising, as sleeve gastrectomy is quickly becoming the preferred choice of doctors and patients due to its advantages over the traditional gastric bypass procedure.

Dr. Feiz & Associates explains that the function of sleeve gastrectomy is two-fold. First and foremost, part of the patient’s stomach is removed, making it uncomfortable to overeat. Secondly, it reduces the body’s production of ghrelin– a hormone that triggers feelings of hunger even after patients have consumed more than enough food. The doctor notes that, while many patients are aware that weight loss surgery can help patients lose weight by restricting the capacity of the stomach, patients are typically unaware that the sleeve gastrectomy procedure has this hormonal benefit as well. Compared to the traditional gastric bypass, which involves more surgery because it requires rerouting the digestive tract, the doctor also highlights the gastric sleeve’s significantly lower complication risk, and its increased efficacy due to mitigating the hormonal factor.

  • Significant Results – While Dr. Feiz cautions against considering any procedure a silver bullet to help patients lose weight, bariatric surgery with a qualified surgeon remains the only proven therapy for achieving significant, long-term weight loss. After having the procedure, patients on average lost just over 60 percent of their excess BMI when examined one year after surgery. While results vary from patient to patient and from study to study, Dr. Feiz explains that the scientific consensus around weight loss surgery is clear. Patients who have chosen bariatric surgery lose weight far quicker and more easily than those who opt for traditional diet and exercise alone.
  • Long-Term Results – Dr. Feiz explains that perhaps the greatest benefit of bariatric surgery is that it not only helps severely obese patients lose a significant amount of weight, it helps them keep it off as well. Anyone who has experienced the frustration of yo-yo dieting, characterized by weight gains that equal or exceed previous losses, knows just how valuable a long-term strategy can be.

For any weight loss surgery procedure, Dr. Feiz & Associates pride themselves on making patient care their highest priority. For more information about the success that patients of Dr. Feiz & Associates have enjoyed, call the bariatric surgery center at (310) 855-8058 or visit it online at

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