LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The year is just about three-quarters over. If you're severely obese and have decided to explore weight loss surgery, Dr. Feiz and Associates would like you to know that now, not later, is the time to get serious. While lap band, bypass, and gastric sleeve surgery are not for everyone, if other options are exhausted and a change is clearly needed, you don't want to find yourself having done nothing more to solve the problem when you suddenly realize it's January 1, 2014. Bariatric procedures performed by Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. have transformed countless lives with such techniques as the less invasive and reversible lap band and the highly effective gastric sleeve. Indeed, for people with health issues who need to lose significant amounts of weight, and who have already tried reduced calorie diets and increased exercise on multiple occasions, there is certainly no harm in exploring the various outstanding surgical options that are now available. Moreover, there's no better person to discuss them with than Dr. Michael Feiz, one of the nation's most respected bariatric surgeons. Dr. Feiz's record of success with countless patients is unmatched, and the sincere testimonials from patients who have permanently lost life-changing amounts of weight speak to his expertise. Dr. Feiz is popular with patients not only because of his long record of producing outstanding results, but because he is known for his sensitivity in dealing with the often difficult and sensitive matters brought up by issues relating to weight loss. There are few people around who can more focus more intelligently on the benefits and issues associated with the various weight loss procedures. In particular, Dr. Feiz has been a leader in understanding how a hormone called ghrelin may be a primary cause of obesity for a large number of people. The hormone, produced in a section of the stomach known as the fundus, causes the feelings of hunger that drive so many of us to eat, even while we know intellectually that we have consumed more than enough food. The increasingly popular gastric sleeve procedure removes approximately 75-85% of the stomach including the fundus. The result appears to be a reduction in the production of ghrelin and, for many patients, a dramatic and permanent weight loss.