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Weight Loss Procedures Tick Up Along with Temperatures

Renowned bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz is looking forward to a busy summer as patients seek solutions to obesity

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LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the phones of Dr. Michael Feiz's Southern California offices ring throughout the day, any thought of a Memorial Day or summer vacation seems a million miles away. A call regarding a past lap band at the doctor's Beverly Hills Office is followed by a prospective patient asking about a weight loss surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital, and an inquiry regarding a free seminar comes after that. Dr. Feiz has become increasingly well known in recent months thanks largely to word of mouth and his life-changing work on a mother and two daughters via a sleeve gastrectomy on The Doctors TV program last February, which was seen by millions of viewers. Now, with the warm weather and summer immanent, calls seem to be on the increase. More and more patients appear ready to undergo such operations as a lap band to gastric sleeve conversion – a procedure that is becoming more popular as word of its very high rate of success continues to spread.

There are a number of reasons why obese people may become even more aware than usual of their weight problem during the warmer months, and it's not just the arrival of another dreaded swimsuit season. For many people, such common summertime activities as hiking and volleyball may be difficult, uncomfortable, or simply out of the question. For others with more severe weight-related health problems, even getting up to go out for a short walk can become a major effort.

Fortunately, all the short and long term social and health issues associated with severe obesity can now be helped by a top weight loss specialist like Dr. Feiz. However, with a growing list of viable surgical options, many patients may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of selecting an operation. While it's impossible to say which procedure might be best for any given patient without thorough knowledge of his or her overall situation, there are certain indications that might help prospective weight loss patients understand their choices.

Many of Dr. Feiz's patients tend to initially lean towards the lap band, a procedure which got an added burst of publicity last year when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced he had received it. Aside from producing outstanding results in very many cases, one important aspect of the procedure's appeal is that it is both adjustable and completely reversible.

Weight loss surgery is, however, not the end of their struggle to lose weight, but a new beginning in which success is never guaranteed. That is why the level of reliability associated with the gastric sleeve has been attracting more and more patients. Dr. Feiz has noted an extremely high level of success for the sleeve, which appears to significantly reduce the body's production of ghrelin, a hormone associated with persistent feelings of appetite. Many patients who have had unsuccessful lap bands have also turned to Dr. Feiz to handle the delicate but increasingly popular lap band/gastric sleeve conversion surgery.

If you are determined to begin defeating obesity this summer, the best way to find out which, if any, weight loss procedure is best for you is to speak to the outstanding medical team at Dr. Feiz and Associates. Free seminars are held regularly. Please call 800-868-5946 or visit

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