Weight Loss Surgery & General Surgery
We know it has been a considerable journey for you to decide to have weight loss surgery. 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.
Dr. Patrick Chiasson, Dr. Stephen Burpee and Northwest Medical Center were the first in Tucson to offer minimally invasive techniques for weight loss surgery. Through many years of experience, and thousands of operations, we have developed a comprehensive yet very individualized approach for every patient that we serve. We offer multiple surgical options such that we are able to tailor the most appropriate bariatric procedure to your unique needs. In addition to the expertise of our surgeons, our program has a dedicated Bariatric Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Dietician, Bariatric Patient Advocates, and a post-op program that meets biweekly to provide support and education in healthy eating and fitness. Get started today by attending a free patient seminar!
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. We accept Medicare in addition to other private insurance and offer self-pay packages and affordable financing for those without coverage.
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 Lap Band, Realize Band, Gastric Bypass, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, 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. In addition to offering weight loss surgery procedures, our surgeons also have extensive experience in treating various general surgery abdominal conditions.
In addition to providing comprehensive follow-up care to our weight loss surgery patients, our surgeons will also provide post-op care to patients that received their procedure at another facility. Our program offers clinical assessments, band adjustments, evaluation for revision procedures, and strategies for maximizing weight loss through our post-op program, nurse practitioner, nutritionist and psychologist. If you need post-op assistance, we are here for you.
The Southern Arizona Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery is committed to the philosophy of providing excellent care to 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.
It is our hope that every patient comes away from their encounter with the Southern Arizona Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery feeling that they have received "cutting edge" surgical care combined with a sensitive, caring, and supportive approach that focuses upon the specific needs of each individual patient.