"I would like to say that my writing skills cannot begin to express my sincere gratitude and admiration for Dr. Chiasson, his staff, and Gayle Duke, Northwest Hospital's bariatric surgery coordinator. Thanks to Dr. Chiasson's expert surgical skill, as well as his entire program, my life has changed dramatically! I began my journey to weight loss surgery in 2002 when I began researching online as well as discussions with my primary care physician, my family and others. Eventually I learned of Dr. Chiasson and the program he was formulating at Northwest Hospital. I was one of Dr. Chiasson's first bariatric patients in Tucson. Even though my family had some reservations about the program being new here, and urging me to go to Phoenix for the surgery, I soon learned that Dr. Chiasson... [Click here for more] is an expert in his field of laparoscopic surgery and I felt confident that I would be well taken care of here, as I definitely have been! I was very well informed by Dr. Chiasson of every aspect of what to expect regarding the testing, preparation for, the surgery itself, and the period after. I have lost 130 pounds since my surgery was performed. I was obese for more than 30 years, and was almost convinced I would never be thin again, or healthy. Now I can live my life in a "normal" way - I can sit comfortably in a restaurant seat, theater seat, aircraft seat, behind the wheel of a vehicle. And, of course, my health has improved dramatically. I am thrilled beyond words that I have been given a new life, thanks to the expert skill in surgery and care given to me by Dr. Chiasson. ***Age 15 thru 25 - 120 pounds ***Age 26 thru 56 - 277 pounds ***Age 57...down 130 pounds and healthy: PRICELESS!!!"