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Dr. Michael Lara is a Board-Certified Surgeon and one of the first fellowship trained bariatric surgeons in the region. Dr. Lara has performed over 2,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures. Excellent results and low complication rates attest to his vast experience and medical expertise. Dr. Lara serves as the Director and Founder of The Hospitals of Providence Surgical Weight Loss Center and Co-Medical Director for the Del Sol Multi-Disciplinary Bariatric Center. Dr. Lara has obtained multiple distinctions from multiple surgical and medical societies. Dr. Lara has earned widespread recognition, including:

  • Healthgrades Five Star Excellence Award (recognized as 1 of 48 nationally)
  • Center of Excellence by American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Blue Distinction for Excellence in Bariatric by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Insurance
  • Aetna Institutes of Quality for Bariatric Surgery by Aetna Insurance
  • Cigna Certifies Hospital for Bariatric Surgery by Cigna Insurance

Dr. Lara offers an extremely comprehensive program that includes dietary counseling by Certified Dieticians, an exercise component, psychological support, insurance liaisons, support groups and complete medically based wellness program along with surgical intervention. Dr. Lara and his team are ready to provide the necessary support and resources to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of the bariatric patients.

For the past 20 years patients will repeatedly state, “I wish I had found Dr. Lara earlier and done (my bariatric surgery years ago because Dr. Lara has given me my life back."

Note: Scientific data shows that Weight-loss surgery can add 10-20 years to someone's life and has proven to be the only cure for Type II Diabetes Mellitus, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Hypertension. For years patients have traveled from Mexico, New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and the entire Southwest for advanced Minimally Invasive Surgical Care. Through his attention to detail in every aspect of your weight-loss surgery, directing compassionate team care and proficient surgical skills, Dr. Lara continues to define the standard of safety and excellence in Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery Do not wait any longer! Weight Loss is just the beginning. Contact us to reserve your place now at the next free seminar.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Overview Using a laparoscopic (minimally invasive technique) the procedure involves removing a section of your stomach, leaving you with a smaller sized stomach about the size of a banana. This limits food intake, making you feel full sooner and eliminating your hunger drive.
Surgery benefits Comorbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnea among others are improved or completely resolved. Other advantages include improvement in weight loss, cost savings, better quality of life and improved self-esteem.

Gastric Bypass

Overview Using a laparoscopic (minimally invasive technique), the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass works by two methods. It works by restriction as well as by malabsorption. This method not only limits food intake but also limits the amount of calories your body absorbs.

How it works During the Gastric Bypass procedure, the surgeon creates a stomach pouch that significantly reduces overall stomach size and the amount of food it can hold. The pouch is surgically attached to the middle of the small intestine, thereby bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. • The smaller stomach size helps patients feel full more quickly, which reduces food intake. • Bypassing part of the intestine limits calorie absorption.

Surgery benefits Gastric bypass also produces profound physiologic and metabolic changes in many organs as a result of surgical anatomic manipulation. This causes known profound effects in promoting the resolution of diabetic patients. Other weight loss related improvements are also seen in hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea among others.

Bariatric Videos