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Transform Your Life with Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Patrick Chiasson & Dr. Stephen Burpee

Patient Testimonials

"I was off my insulin pump within 3 days of surgery. Now, 3 months later, I've lost more than 50 lbs and I'm enjoying a healthy life!"

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We invite you to attend a free seminar to learn about your bariatric surgery options and how to start on your path to transforming your life!

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Meet the Doctors

As the first surgeons to offer minimally invasive weight loss surgery,  we are the premier Surgical Weight Loss program in Tucson. 

Meet The Doctors

Weight Loss Surgery

We know the journey to choosing weight loss surgery is often long and difficult. Our team is here for you! We promise to support and guide you through this life-changing process to help you achieve the healthy weight and lifestyle that you desire.

Did you 2017

  • Our surgeons performed more than 460 bariatric surgeries
  • Our patients averaged less than 2 days in the hospital
  • Our patients lost more than 37,500 pounds
  • Our support groups served >1,500 patients
  • Our program received Center of Excellence from ALL insurance plans
  • The Bariatric Surgery Program at St. Mary's Hospital received accreditation

Dr. Patrick Chiasson and  Dr. Stephen Burpee were the first in Tucson to offer minimally invasive techniques for weight loss surgery. After many years of experience, and thousands of operations, we have developed an individualized and comprehensive approach for each of our patients. Because we offer every different surgical option, we can help you choose the most appropriate surgery for your unique needs. Our patient-centered program focuses on a team approach. Each new patient is assigned a care team which includes their surgeon, a Bariatric Nurse Practitioner, a Bariatric Coordinator and a medical assistant. Our practice team also includes a Registered Dietitian and Bariatric Psychologist. After surgery, we stay closely involved in your transformation and support you in all the ways you need to be successful.

Our board certified and fellowship trained surgeons, Stephen Burpee, MD and Patrick Chiasson, MD have expertise in multiple laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures which allows them to tailor the right approach to the unique needs of each patient by offering Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Realize Band, and revision procedures. Our surgeons are nationally recognized Ethicon Endo-Surgery trainers for the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and are committed to pursuing the latest advancements in bariatric surgical techniques to offer quality and innovative care.

Our comprehensive weight loss surgery program in affiliation with Northwest Medical Center is a nationally accredited Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence© which is reflective of our long-term commitment to quality care and service.Our surgeons also have been acknowledged as Center of Excellence providers for United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and other commercial health plans. We are also excited to announce that we expanded our Bariatric Surgery Program to St. Mary's Hospital this year.

Our Mission

Our highest priority is to treat every patient in our practice with respect and compassion in a supportive environment that consistently delivers the most cutting edge surgical care.

The Southern Arizona Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery is committed to the philosophy of providing excellent care to each of our patients utilizing advanced laparoscopic techniques for all abdominal surgical procedures. In doing so, the trauma that one usually anticipates from surgery is minimized. Patients can expect to have less pain, shorter hospital stays, a faster recovery, fewer complications, and a better cosmetic result. Most importantly, patients experience either similar or better outcomes than they would have from traditional open surgery and its associated large incision.

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Not sure if weight loss surgery is right for you? We invite you to a FREE weight loss seminar. Meet our doctors and learn more about your options. This is the first step to a NEW LIFE. Sign up today!

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How much can you lose?

In 2018 our patients lost

23,568 lbs