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Sisterly Bonding, the Bariatric Way, with Sleeve Gastrectomy from Dr. Michael Feiz

Siblings Robyn and Stacy Harris support one another while receiving sleeve gastrectomy surgeries from Dr. Michael Feiz & Associates

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sisters Stacy and Robyn Harris were tired of struggling with excessive weight, especially in light of their family's history of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Stacy received the FDA-approved lap band surgery in 2006, but five years later, she felt that sleeve gastrectomy might be her true weight loss solution.  She recruited Los Angeles' leading bariatric surgeon, Dr. Michael Feiz, to convert her lap band into a gastric sleeve.

Stacy excitedly recalls the day of her gastric sleeve surgery. "We converted [the band] to a sleeve, which was a total miracle in terms of feeling better and losing the weight for good!"

2013 begins with Dr. Feiz & Associates appointing the Harris sisters as their January Patient Ambassadors. Both received gastric sleeve surgeries from Dr. Feiz (Stacy in 2011, with Robyn following her sister's lead in September 2012). Now, both are living full lives, leading successful careers, and looking fabulous.

When Stacy first consulted with Dr. Feiz, she was impressed that the surgeon had listed his cell phone in lieu of an office number. "I was so surprised that the doctor himself answered the phone… he was so gentle in the way he spoke with me and very caring from the moment we discussed the possibilities, that I knew he was the right doctor for such an emotional surgery."

During the surgical process, Dr. Feiz would remind Stacy that he was her doctor for life. This was not a simple friendly sentiment, but a verbal commitment that proved to be true. After observing her newly active sister reach her weight-loss goal, losing 85 pounds and dropping down to a size 4, Robyn went for her own sleeve consultation with the esteemed surgeon.

"I told Dr. Feiz that Stacy was my sister," Robyn recalls. "He asked if I had any photos of her. He saw them and said she looked great. He was genuinely pleased to see Stacy's progress."

As a pharmaceutical rep, Robyn could tell that Dr. Feiz was full of integrity. She attests to the doctor's honesty and sincerity. A sleeve gastrectomy calls for the surgeon to remove the greater portion of the patient's stomach, forming a pocket for the consumption of smaller portions of food. Neither sister was nervous to receive this innovative surgery, as a result of their confidence in Dr. Feiz.

"I was so excited for the surgery to happen and to get over the old, over-eating Stacy and on to the clean-living next phase of my life," Stacy explains.

The Harris sisters relate that exercise and eating proper portions is integral to maintaining a healthy weight. Dr. Feiz and his staff instilled correct eating habits in both patients as the two advanced through their post-surgery diets. At this point, both sisters have reached their goal weight. Robyn has lost 45 pounds, and Stacy has dropped 85 pounds. Each of the sleeve recipients routinely work out. Robyn's job as a pharmaceutical rep and Stacy's position in the toy industry keep the sisters very active. With this high level of dedication, the women continue to enjoy their new figures. Robyn proclaims that she loves shopping for clothes, while Stacy experiences a small thrill every time she slips into a new pair of jeans.

The successful sleeve surgeries, courtesy of Dr. Feiz, afforded both sisters the ultimate bonding experience. Although Stacy moved to New Jersey in late 2011, the two remain close and are extremely proud of each other. They recognize Dr. Feiz for ushering these significant changes into their lives.

"I would highly recommend Dr. Feiz for his compassion, sincerity, and incredible skill," says Stacy. "I have recommended him to several people and am glad I had the surgery."

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