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Dr. Michael Feiz on What Makes a Great Bariatric Physician
Date:10/1/2013

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ask Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., about why he chose weight loss surgery as his specialty, and he might tell you that it chose him. "It all started with the fact that I am very good technically at being able to work with laparoscope and a TV screen. I have extremely good hand-eye coordination," Dr. Feiz said, referring to the highly advanced technology used in minimally invasive sleeve gastrectomy surgery and other bariatric procedures.  

"It sounds funny – this is an incredibly difficult task requiring a fairly huge amount of medical knowledge – but the ability to properly use a laparoscope is not so different from playing an extremely hard video game. We're using a very small but effective surgical tool with a tiny television camera on it that can do amazing things, if you're able to operate it properly," said Dr. Feiz.

"It actually blows air into a cavity to expand the area, so you have space to work. You have six or seven buttons; you can't look at your hands and you have to do manipulate the intestines and other organs quickly. Also, since it's a two dimensional image representing a 3-D reality, you have to be able to use your mind's eye to convert the 2-D image back into three dimensions," Dr. Feiz said.

Aside from being unusually gifted in its complexities, Dr. Feiz is credited as being a pioneer in the expanding use of laparoscopic technology. "Many people were doubtful that certain procedures could be done using laparoscopes. Starting out, I was consistently trying to push the envelope in what you could do with this technology. Over ten years later, everything that I do is routinely done laparoscopically."

While performing the surgery may require great skill, Dr. Feiz points out that the unique challenges of bariatric
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