L.A Bariatrics Predicts Innovative Weight Loss Surgery to Expand

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L.A. Bariatrics, a leading weight loss program in Los Angeles, is preparing to perform more gastric sleeve surgeries in 2012.

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Unlike the LAP-BAND, the sleeve gastrectomy does not require the maintenance and adjustment of an implantable device

L.A. Bariatrics, a local bariatric practice, is planning to expand its use of a cutting-edge development in weight-loss surgery, and its medical director expects patients to benefit.

Gastric sleeve surgery is a newer procedure than gastric bypass and gastric banding (also known as the Lap-Band). As such, people may know less about it than other surgeries. Dr. Jeremy Korman, the Medical Director and bariatric surgeon of L.A. Bariatrics, says it has advantages for the right patients.

In sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach. Once the incision heals, the patient's stomach is the size and shape of a small banana, or sleeve, hence the name. The revised stomach only holds a fraction of its former volume, allowing the patients to eat less and lose weight.

Initially, the gastric sleeve surgery was often employed as the first stage of a two-stage surgery plan, with the patient undergoing a gastric bypass or other surgery several months after sleeve gastrectomy. However, it is an effective procedure in its own right, and is now performed as a standalone surgery. Dr. Korman is happy to present it as an option to L.A. Bariatrics' patients.

"Unlike the LAP-BAND, the sleeve gastrectomy does not require the maintenance and adjustment of an implantable device,” Dr Korman said. “It is at least as safe as gastric bypass, but doesn't involve rerouting of the digestive tract, therefore reducing the potential for vitamin deficiencies.”

Additionally, the gastric sleeve procedure removes the part of the stomach that creates ghrelin, the “hunger hormone”, which some physicians have theorized could further contribute to weight loss.

"It's a powerful tool, and I'm excited to offer it to my patients to help them lose weight and improve their health."

Interested parties may contact L.A. Bariatrics at (800) 491-1977 or visit http://www.marinaweightloss.com.

About Marina Del Rey Hospital
Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles is a boutique surgical hospital focusing on bariatric, spine, orthopedic, and minimally invasive surgery. The multidisciplinary medical team at L.A. Bariatrics, the bariatric surgery program at Marina Del Rey Hospital, offers patients excellent care. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, this weight loss center meets high standards for experience in bariatric procedures and inpatient care.

About L.A. Bariatrics & Dr. Jeremy Korman
Dr. Jeremy Korman is the medical director of L.A. Bariatrics and a leading expert in the field of bariatric medicine, and he has successfully performed over 1,000 weight loss surgical procedures on patients from all over the United States. Dr. Korman and his multidisciplinary team focus on helping patients to realize their weight loss goals and achieve better health. L.A. Bariatrics, located at Marina Del Rey Hospital, is certified by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, confirming that its staff has extensive, specialized experience and that the facility has passed rigorous inspections. The L.A. Bariatrics team combines exceptional surgical outcomes with nutritional, psychosocial and exercise support for all patients within the program.

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