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Gastric Bypass

Our Commitment to You

At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our highly trained surgeons and staff are dedicated to your health. With us, you have a partner on your weight loss journey. We are here for you around the clock, offering support for three full years following your procedure. We share your goal of a healthier, more fulfilling life, and your success is our top priority.

We take a personalized approach to bariatric surgery at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona. Women and men come to us with different goals, physical concerns and lifestyle factors, all of which we consider when developing a treatment plan. For many, gastric bypass surgery at our Tucson and Phoenix area locations is the best choice for attaining permanent weight loss.

Also called Roux-en-Y, gastric bypass is a popular and proven weight loss surgery procedure that our dedicated surgeons have performed successfully on women and men throughout the Southwest and beyond.

If you would like to learn more about gastric bypass or other bariatric surgery procedures in Tucson and the Phoenix area, request your consultation online, or register for a free seminar.

The Facts About Gastric Bypass

There are two important components of gastric bypass surgery: restrictive and malabsorptive.

  • Restrictive – Your surgeon permanently reduces the size of the stomach to approximately 2 ounces, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time.
  • Malabsorptive – The new, smaller stomach is attached to the small intestine at a lower point, bypassing most of the stomach and the beginning portion of the small intestine. This means that digestion will not begin until further down your digestive tract, thus fewer calories are absorbed.

The average expected weight loss with a gastric bypass operation is between 60% and 70% of excess body weight. This is an average. You may lose more or you may lose less. Maximum weight loss occurs within two years postoperatively.

Most importantly, obesity related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, gastric reflux and sleep apnea can be resolved or greatly improved within the first year of surgery.

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Open vs. Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery in Arizona can be performed laparoscopically for some patients. This technique involves a series of small incisions through which small, long-handled instruments are guided by a tiny camera. This approach offers a reduced rate of complications, minimizes scarring and may improve comfort and shorten recovery time.

The open approach to surgery involves a long incision through which the surgeon accesses the abdomen directly. This approach may be preferable for patients with certain conditions, including:

  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Complicating medical issues
  • Very high BMI

The best way to know which procedure is right for you is to discuss your needs and concerns with one of our compassionate, experienced bariatric surgeons. Request your consultation online or RSVP to one of our weight loss seminars today.

You may also want to download our patient brochure for additional information on what to expect when undergoing surgery at East Valley Surgery Center.

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Scottsdale Office
Weight Loss Institute of Arizona
8575 East Princess Dr #215
ScottsdaleAZ 85255-5437

Phone: (480) 829-6100

Tempe Office
Weight Loss Institute of Arizona
1855 East Southern Ave
TempeAZ 85282

Phone: (480) 829-6100

Phoenix Office
Weight Loss Institute of Arizona
Estrella Medical Plaza I
9305 West Thomas Rd #480

PhoenixAZ 85037

Phone: (480) 829-6100

Tucson Office
Weight Loss Institute of Arizona
6261 North La Cholla Blvd #201
TucsonAZ 85704

Phone: (855) 887-8446

Arrowhead Office
Weight Loss Institute of Arizona
Arrowhead Health Center
16222 N 59th Ave #D180

GlendaleAZ 85306

Phone: (480) 829-6100

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5 pm, Saturday: By Appointment
Meet our Surgeons Dr. , DO, MBA, FASMBS and Dr. John DeBarros, FACS, FASMBS

At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, with offices in Tempe, Phoenix, Tucson, Arrowhead and Scottsdale, our weight loss center specializes in LAP-BAND® surgery, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, revision surgery and other surgical procedures for patients from throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and the entire Southwest.

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