Weight Loss Surgery


Weight loss surgery is about more than just losing weight. In our Arizona-based practice, bariatric surgery offers hope to those who are significantly overweight – hope for a healthier, longer, fuller life. Multiple studies have shown that most obesity related health issues can be resolved with bariatric surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery Options

Want to lose weight fast? Well, no matter what procedure you choose, you’ll need to have patience. The following table compares the various types of bariatric surgery offered at our Tucson- and Phoenix-area weight loss institutes. For details about each type of procedure, refer to the individual procedure page.




Gastric Bypass(Open or Laparoscopic)

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

How procedure is completed

A flexible band is placed around the upper stomach forming a pouchA small pouch is surgically created and part of small intestine is re-routedStomach size is surgically reduced to the size and shape of a banana or sleeve

Other Weight Loss Factors

Band adjustments can increase the rate of weight lossFewer calories absorbedProduction of hormones that cause hunger is reduced

Average Hospital Stay

Outpatient2 to 3.5 days1 to 2 days

Average Time Off Work

1 week2 to 3 weeks1 to 2 weeks

Required Diet Restrictions

Portion sizePortion size Fats and sugarsPortion size



Rate of Weight Loss

Gradual, but continuedRapidFaster than LAP-BAND; more gradual than gastric bypass

Expected Amount of Excess Weight Loss

50 to 75% over 2 years 160 to 70% over 2 years ²55 to 70% over 2 years


Through weight loss surgery, many of the patients who have visited us in Tucson and around Phoenix, Arizona, have resolved diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and many other serious conditions. We are thrilled that you are taking the first steps toward a healthier life. At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, we want to help you on your journey, providing the physical and emotional support you need.

Our surgeons also perform many general surgical services including hernia repair and colonoscopy.

Let our weight loss surgery specialists help you find YOUR ideal weight loss solution. 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.


1. Robert Michaelson, Diane K. Murphy, Todd M. Gross, and Scott M. Whitcup. LAP-BAND(r) for Lower BMI: 2-Year Results from the Multicenter Pivotal Study. Obesity (2013) 21:1148-1158  http://www.lapband.com/HCP/directions-for-use

2. https://asmbs.org/patient/bariatric-surgery-procudures

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