For individuals looking to lose weight, but hesitant to try the numerous dieting methods available, the Southern Arizona Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery may be the answer.

While surgery is often considered a scary option for weight loss, board certified and fellowship-trained surgeons Dr. Stephen Burpee and Dr. Patrick Chiasson are experts in laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures that allow them to tailor the right approach to each patient’s individual needs.

Consequently, the Center offers multiple surgery options, including Lap Band, Realize Band, Gastric Bypass, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, and revision procedures.

The Center’s surgeons have years of experience, and have performed thousands of operations successfully.

In addition to the expertise of the surgeons, the Center offers a dedicated Bariatric Nurse Coordinator, Registered Dietician, Bariatric Patient Advocates, and a post-op program that meets biweekly to provide support and education in healthy eating and fitness.

The Center’s weight loss surgery is unique in that unlike many other surgical procedures, the facility utilizes advanced laparoscopic techniques for all abdominal surgical procedures, thereby minimizing the trauma that one usually anticipates from surgery.

Patients can expect less pain, shorter hospital stays, a faster recovery, fewer complications, and a better cosmetic outcome as a result.

“When I first met with Dr. Chiasson and his staff in March of 2008, I weighed over 470 pounds with a body mass index of 72.” reads one patient testimonial. “My current weight is 204 pounds with 20 percent body fat. I am passionate about helping as many people as possible achieve the same success I had with this amazing, life saving, life changing surgery.

For more information on the Southern Arizona Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, or to see if surgery is the correct option for you, visit or call (520) 219-8690.

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