Make This the Year You Take Charge of Your Weight

You resolve to lose weight each year, only to find yourself renewing the same resolution every New Year’s Eve with increasing frustration. You’re not alone. Nearly half of all Americans try to lose weight each year, yet two-thirds of the population is still considered overweight or obese.

If you want this to be the year you finally break through and lose meaningful weight, it may be time to explore the many options in bariatric surgery, some of which aren’t even surgical.

At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of bariatric experts offers a wide range of options to people who struggle with weight loss. 

In the following, we quickly review these weight loss options and just some of their incredible success rates.

The Obalon® Balloon System

If the thought of surgery leaves you cold, we have good news. We offer an FDA-approved nonsurgical solution with Obalon. As the name implies, these swallowable balloons take up space in your stomach, limiting the amount of food you can eat and making you feel fuller, faster.

As for success, the company reports that patients with the Obalon Balloon System who diet and exercise lose twice as much weight as those who diet and exercise alone.

The Lap-Band® system

Another great bariatric technique is the Lap-Band system. With the Lap-Band, we place a saline-filled ring around your stomach, which slows your digestion and limits the amount of food you take in. This adjustable system can help you lose up to 65% of your excess weight within a year.

Gastric bypass

During this procedure, we restrict the size of your stomach and then attach this smaller pouch directly to the lower part of your intestine. Gastric bypass accomplishes two goals:


The success rates of gastric bypass are very high, with patients typically losing 65% of their excess weight after two years.

Gastric sleeve

To limit your food intake while also allowing you the full benefit of the nutrients, we turn to a gastric sleeve, a procedure in which we remove 80-85% of your stomach. Also called a sleeve gastronomy, this procedure leads to a 56% reduction of excess weight after two years.

Gastric imbrication

Instead of permanently altering your stomach, during a gastric imbrication we use minimally invasive surgical techniques to reduce your stomach to a quarter of its size by folding it over.

Duodenal switch

To achieve the highest success rates in bariatric surgery — 73% excessive weight loss after two years — you can explore a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

This surgery is more complicated because we not only reduce the size of your stomach, but also reconfigure your large and small intestines to reduce calorie intake.

Choosing your surgery

To determine which surgery offers you the best chances of success, we recommend that you sit down with one of our specialists. During this extensive consultation, we review your goals and your health to come up with the best approach. 

Rest assured that we’re with you every step of the way. We feel that your success is our success.

If you want to make this the year you take charge of your weight, please contact one of our six locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona, to set up a consultation.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Reasons To Consider a Gastric Bypass

You’re contemplating the idea of weight loss surgery, but you want to learn what options you have. Here, we take a closer look at gastric bypass and whether you might be a good candidate.

6 Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve

There’s a good reason (several, really) why gastric sleeve surgery ranks No. 1 in weight loss surgeries in the United States. Here, we explore six of the many benefits of the gastric sleeve.

Am I Preparing My Protein Shake Properly?

You want to lose weight, but you also want to keep your body strong, which is where protein shakes can play an invaluable role. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to preparing these shakes.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea goes far beyond keeping your family up at night with your snoring. The condition, which is often caused by carrying excess weight, can lead to serious health consequences, which we review here.

5 Tips for Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

You’ve decided that weight loss surgery is the best way to shed those unhealthy pounds, and you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. Here, we present a preparation checklist that will help.