Patient Success Stories

This weight loss has changed my life!

Gastric Sleeve Patient, Krista

*Disclaimer: Results may vary

Krista had her sleeve in October 2017. She lost 100 pounds.

“Weight loss seemed like an unachievable rollercoaster after having our 6 kids.  I’d repeatedly try to fad diet, only to find the scale never tipped in the right direction.  This always led to me just giving up.  After visiting with the staff at WLIA, I decided that the Sleeve was my best option for significant weight loss.  I look back at the decision as the best tool I could have ever gotten to help me on my journey to a healthier me!  I’m down almost 100 lbs, and I have so much more energy and longevity throughout the day!  It took what I didn’t realize as “binge” eating into a feeling of self-control and being able to be full and satisfied.  I just finished a half-marathon, and when I crossed the finish line I teared up thinking where I am now as opposed to where I had previously been.  I am forever grateful to Dr. Orris and the staff for the newer, healthier, energetic me, thanks to the sleeve!”

LAP-BAND® Patient, Jessie

*Disclaimer: Results may vary

“For a couple years prior to weight loss surgery, I did not have much of a life. I spent the majority of time in bed due to severe back and knee pain. I was headed for a wheelchair. In fact, if I wanted to do anything such as visit a museum or go anywhere that required walking, I had to use a wheelchair. I avoided going into stores because the pain was so severe. Car trips left my knees swollen and throbbing. Walking from my bedroom to my kitchen often pushed me to tears. I was walking stooped over all of the time and avoiding movement as much as possible. The only time I did not have pain was while lying in bed, so that is where I was most of the time.

After losing weight, my knee pain totally disappeared and only occasionally do I have a twinge of pain. I still have back pain and sciatica, but it is only about 10% of what it was. I cannot walk long distances without rest but can go to the mall, on outings, etc. without severe pain. My pain meds actually work now and did not really help before weight loss. I have a social life and get out often. I was able to return to work at my business if not full time, at least some hours each day. My depression was lifted and I have an entirely different outlook on life.

I am totally happy I chose weight loss surgery. I had always been able to lose weight in the past but could never keep it off. I never got my weight as low as I did after LAP-BAND surgery. My friends and family have reacted well to my lower weight, though it’s a bit of a change for family members to get used to seeing me thin. I feel like having the surgery was the best investment I ever made!” *

Gastric Sleeve Patient, Kimberly

*Disclaimer: Results may vary

Kimberly had her gastric sleeve in April 2017 and has lost 80 pounds:

“I made the best decision of my life by choosing to have the Gastric Sleeve surgery. I can wear cute bathing suits in the summer and buy the adorable clothes I always used to just look at in the windows at stores. I feel so confident and my self-esteem is so high now, which has made me a happier person. I enjoy the gym so much more, hiking with friends, and I actually enjoy being active all the time! I have a ton of energy and feel so much healthier inside and outside…….I have tried everything to lose weight in the past, from the drinks to diet pills, and nothing worked, so I decided to go with the sleeve. I cannot explain how happy I am that I made this choice. I would do it again any day and recommend it to everyone that needs that tool to help them out……WLIA is the best company ever! They helped me save my life.”

LAP-BAND® Patient, Sue

*Disclaimer: Results may vary

“I had my Band unfilled after 2 years because I have reached my goal!! Yipppeee! I went from a size 22 to a size 10. I look and feel GREAT! Thank you, Dr. Orris – you changed my life! The Band really works. Be patient and keep the end goal in mind – it IS worth it!” *

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Alexis wanted the LAP-BAND® for the simpler recovery and effective weight loss in Phoenix. She researched bariatric surgery for two years before she chose the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona for our support and compassionate care. Start your weight loss journey by calling our office at (480) 829-6100 or request your consultation online. *