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Brian I Lost 100 Lbs "Diabetes and heart disea... "Read More - Brian

"Diabetes and heart disease run in my family, and I was headed down that path. Several co-workers went the more severe gastric bypass route for their weight loss, but did not seem very happy.  Surprisingly, as I started researching the Lap Band surgery, I found that my boss was doing the same.  Between the two of us we saw several doctors and we chose Dr Ponce.  His pre and post op consulting and involvement is amazing- even after two years.  We chose the Lap Band procedure for it’s quick recovery time and its adaptability as our lifestyle changes improved.  My boss and I have both lost almost 100 pounds and kept it off.  There are many friends and family who have become patients of Southwest Surgical and are getting their life back again as well"

Maria I Lost 100 Lbs "I’m grateful for m... "Read More - Maria

"I’m grateful for medical technology and especially grateful to Dr. Ponce de Leon, as I have my life back!  Admittedly, my eating habits were poor, as was my exercise ethic.  Now I’m held accountable to eat healthier and maintain an exercise program, of which has resulted in a much better outlook ~ both physically and emotionally.  I’ve been through yesterday, I’m working on today, and I’m excited about tomorrow!"

Sandra I Lost 85 Lbs "I have lost 85 pounds so... "Read More - Sandra

"I have lost 85 pounds so far.  I am also happy to report that I have also lost Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. My lap band surgery has helped me live longer and increase my quality of life."

Diane I Lost 90 Lbs "I have struggled with my... "Read More - Diane

"I have struggled with my weight all my life and have tried every diet.  I have lost 90 pounds and now have a healthier life.  This is the best decision I have ever made."

Bariatric Services

Southwest Surgical Associates

7737 Southwest Fwy Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77074

16651 Southwest Fwy Suite 360 Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Contact Bariatric Coordinator: Phone:713.772.1200 Fax:281.342.3957 info@southwestsurgical.com

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Financing Options

If your insurance plan does not offer coverage for bariatric surgery, we participate with Care Credit for financing of health services. You may apply for CareCredit online at www.CareCredit.com or call our Bariatric Coordinator for more information.


Weight loss is not simply about your weight, it’s about your HEALTH! An individual who is overweight is more likely to have health issues related to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and heart disease. Many of these individuals may be taking prescription medications for one or more of these health issues and may be dealing with side effects of those medications.

Are you a candidate?

There are several criteria to meet before qualifying for bariatric surgery. Morbid Obesity is most commonly calculated using BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by his or her height in square meters. To calculate your BMI please use our BMI calculator on this page. All insurance companies at this time require a BMI of 35-35.9 with at least 1-2 life threatening co-morbidities. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. If your BMI is 40 or greater, you may qualify without having any co- morbidities. If your insurance carrier does not cover bariatric surgery, our office has several financing options available for you.

When considering weight-loss surgery, you must balance the personal risk of being morbidly obese with the potential risk and complications of the surgery. This treatment option is a tool that you will continually use to lose weight. Surgery is a resource to help you reduce your weight. Behavioral, physical and psychological changes are required for you to maintain a healthy quality of life. Sustained weight-loss over time relies upon your desire and dedication to change your lifestyle with a proactive approach.





Our Services

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding(Lap Band)

Procedure Details

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Procedure Details

Vitamins are a vital part of a bariatric patients

Our Bariatric Surgeons

Your health is the main concern of the physicians of Southwest Surgical Associates. Dr. Charles Aramburo, Dr. Guillermo Ponce de Leon and Dr. Todd Wood are each certified by the American Board of Surgery and have completed additional training in the placement of gastric bands because they saw the need for a surgical option for patients who were unsuccessful in their weight loss goals through other methods. Dr. Ponce de Leon expanded his bariatric services to include the gastric sleeve procedure n order to give an alternative surgical option to his patients.