Monday, May 16, 2011

Fever During Pregnancy, Diabetes and Obesity May Raise Autism Risk

5/11 - Having a fever, diabetes, high blood pressure, or being obese
while pregnant appears to be associated with a heightened risk of autism
or developmental delays in children. (Additional coverage: WebMD)

(HealthDay News)

Fat Stigma: How Online News May Worsen the Problem of Obesity

5/12 - New research published in the Journal of Health Communication
suggests that online news outlets most commonly use negative images of
overweight people to illustrate stories about obesity, which in turn may
perpetuate fat stigma and contribute to obesity rates. (Additional
coverage: Seattle Times)

Immigrants Eat American Junk Food to Fit In: Study

5/6 - A new study published in Psychological Science found immigrants to
the United States tend to choose high-calorie, fatty foods in an attempt
to appear more "American." As a result, immigrants approach U.S. levels
of obesity within 15 years of moving to the U.S. (HealthDay News)

Obesity Counseling Not Affected by Physician Sex

5/9 - Obese patients who see a physician of a different sex are just as
likely to receive weight-related counseling as patients who see a
physician of the same sex, according to new research published in the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers found, however,
that male physicians are more likely to counsel obese men regarding
weight loss than female physicians are to counsel obese women. 

Weight-Loss Surgery Seems No Riskier for Seniors

5/9 - Seniors who undergo weight-loss surgery do not experience worse
side effects than their younger counterparts, according to new research
presented at Digestive Diseases Week. Contrary to previous findings,
researchers found age did not seem to be a significant predictor for
mortality or major adverse events, but it did predict a longer hospital
stay. (Additional Coverage: Los Angeles Times; WedMD

Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery Even Better for Heart Health in Teens than Adults, Study Finds

5/9 - Stanford University researchers suggest that teens who have
gastric bypass surgery may experience greater heart health benefits than
adults. Although weight loss in both groups was about the same, teens
showed a greater improvement in a variety of cardiovascular risk
factors, including diabetes status, blood pressure and cholesterol
levels. (Additional Coverage: HealthDay News)

Source:(Los Angeles Times) 

Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery Increases Risk of Alcoholism, Study Says

5/9 - Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery may have double the
risk of developing alcoholism compared with other banding procedures,
including the Lap-Band. Researchers explained that the bypass procedure
creates a smaller stomach pouch and bypasses part of the intestines,
restricting the body's ability to digest alcohol before it reaches the
intestine. (Additional Coverage: HealthDay News; CBS News)

Source:LA Times

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dr. Feiz’s Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure a Popular and Effective Alternative to Lap Band Surgery

Summary: Many patients are opting for the lap-sleeve gastrectomy in order to achieve quick, safe, and permanent weight loss

Los Angeles, CA, May 6, 2011 – The Lap Band procedure is quickly gaining popularity among Americans as a surgical remedy for obesity, however more and more individuals who need weight loss surgery are choosing the less advertised laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedure in order to achieve their weight loss goals. With the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in Los Angeles, patients are able to achieve safe and rapid weight loss with consistent and life long results. The Lap Band procedure and Sleeve Gastrectomy are both recognized as effective weight loss surgeries, but they are very different in terms of method. Dr. Michael Feiz, a premier bariatric surgeon, is the first surgeon in Southern California to perform the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy as an outpatient procedure in Los Angeles, as well as 11 other convenient locations in Southern California. Dr. Feiz is also the most experienced sleeve gastrectomy surgeon in Los Angeles.
The long term results have shown that the sleeve gastrectomy patients are able to lose up to 25% MORE Excess Weight Loss (EWL) when compared to Lap Band Patients.
Dr Feiz attributes this ADDITIONAL weight loss to the LOWERING of the appetite stimulant hormone, GHRELIN. This hormone, which is almost exclusively secreted by cells in the stomach is most responsible for feelings of hunger and satiety. With the lap-sleeve gastrectomy procedure, levels of this hormone are more sharply decreased than the Lap Band, allowing patients to experience more rapid weight loss.

Weight Loss of Various Treatments for Morbid Obesity

Lifestyle/Pharmacologic Treatments
(Diets, lifestyle programs, sibutramine, etc…)
Lap Band
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Gastric Bypass Surgery

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    One of the most common reasons that patients choose to undergo the lap sleeve gastrectomy instead of the Lap Band is that the Lap Band requires frequent post-op adjustments, which many find inconvenient. While the Lap Band works by constricting the stomach to prevent the patient from eating lots of food, the sleeve gastrectomy in Beverly Hills works by making the stomach into the size of a banana, allowing patients to get full faster and stay full longer. And unlike the Lap Band, the sleeve gastrectomy is permanent and requires no adjustments after the surgery. This operation is a viable option for both new patients and patients who have already undergone the Lap Band but are unsatisfied with the results. In order to make the patient experience as comfortable as possible, Dr. Feiz performs the surgery at an ambulatory center, which allows for one-on-one VIP nursing post-op.
The extensive experience and passionate care Dr. Feiz provides for his patients is unmatched, designating him as the bariatric surgeon of choice for men and women who seek weight loss in Los Angeles with the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Undergoing the sleeve gastrectomy procedure allows patients to add 20 years to their lives, as well as relieve hazardous co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and obstructive sleep apnea within 6-12 months after surgery.

For more information about the sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and Lap Band with Dr. Feiz, please visit

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