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Alternative to Lap Band Surgery Gaining Momentum

Fri, 07/30/2010 - 6:04am

As of late, the most prominently advertised and promoted form of bariatric surgery has been the Lap-Band procedure. However, some patients have achieved comparable results without the use of the band implant.

Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz has seen a rise in the popularity of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure on numerous patients suffering from obesity characterized by a BMI of 35 or higher. In the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, a big portion of the stomach pouch is completely removed and the remaining portion, approximately the size of a banana, is stapled closed. This allows for a two-prong attack on the patient's obesity, in which the patient feels full quicker because of the smaller stomach size, and the post-meal feeling of satiety lasts longer because the hormone that provokes hunger is removed when the stomach is made smaller.

According to Feiz, the results of the sleeve gastrectomy procedure are comparable to that of the Lap-Band, with many cases exhibiting superior results. In addition, just like with the Lap Band, sleeve gastrectomies can be performed laparoscopically.

With the sleeve gastrectomy, patients are able to relieve themselves of many issues associated with their obesity by decreasing cholesterol levels, improving high blood pressure and even curing their type 2 diabetes. The dramatic weight loss experienced after the sleeve gastrectomy often motivates patients to optimize their results by exercising and adopting healthy eating habits.

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