Obesity is an expensive problem, says bariatric surgeon

Published on December 31, 2013 at 1:52 AM · No Comments

As a preeminent expert in the field of obesity surgery, board-certified bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S, has personally seen the physical, emotional and financial toll that obesity takes on his patients. As a matter of fact, his knowledge has been reflected in a brand new study released by Duke University, which shows that the higher an individual's body mass index (BMI), the higher are medical bills. The healthcare costs associated with a higher BMI soar as the individual gains weight, because heavier people often have obesity-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other problems. As the bariatric surgeon who performs obesity surgeries such as gastric sleeve and lap band, Los Angeles is fortunate to have a top-ranked bariatric surgeon to help them reverse their obesity for good.

Dr. Feiz has successfully performed many bariatric procedures to reverse their obesity, being the doctor who performs lap band surgery Huntington Beach patients appreciate for years to come, or sleeve gastrectomy Valencia patients are glad they had when they shed the pounds and their rising obesity-related healthcare costs. Another procedure Dr. Feiz & Associates are proud to offer is weight loss revision surgery, which often includes removing the lap-band device and preforming sleeve gastrectomy. This procedure can convert band to sleeve successfully, so the patient feels full after eating smaller quantities of food, and has lower amounts of the "hunger hormone" ghrelin which spurs their appetite. The ghrelin hormone is virtually eliminated once 85% of the stomach is removed (a section of the stomach which produced the hormone) and the remaining portion is stapled off into a sleeve-like shape.

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