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why-wbiAt Western Bariatric Institute, your journey will include much more than just weight loss surgery. Our three surgeons have performed over 4000 minimally invasive weight loss procedures and a bariatric surgeon is always on call. As one of the nation’s first Bariatric Centers of Excellence, and the first in northern Nevada, you can be confident you are receiving education, support and care from one of the most comprehensive programs in the country. WBI’s staff includes nationally recognized clinicians, including the regions only Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in bariatric care, and a dietitian with over 30 years experience in weight loss. Your care will also extend well beyond surgery, with an exclusive support group network in northern Nevada and areas of California, ranging from Elko, NV to Hawthorne, NV, to Susanville, CA. We also offer several follow-up classes to help keep you on track. Our surgeons & staff sincerely care about you and your success. Get started today!


“Before my surgery I was almost 260lbs and suffered with GERD, PCOS, and Sleep Apnea having to use oxygen whenever I slept. I was miserable. I am now able to do things that I couldn’t before like tie my shoes and enjoy my time with my husband and kids. I am always asked if I would have the surgery again and my answer is always, in a heartbeat!”

Raylena, Lost 100 lbs, Gastric Bypass

“For years I tried every diet possible with no success. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I am thankful to have gone through the process and come out the other side a healthier woman. But most of all, I now love the girl staring back at me in the mirror. I am 110lbs lighter and I couldn’t be happier!”

Debbie, Lost 110 lbs, Gastric Bypass

“Today, I am so happy about how I look and feel. I strive to live more healthy every day. I would do it all over again. I would like to thank Dr. Ganser and the staff at WBI for their outstanding care and concern for me. It has been a truly transforming journey!”

Donna, Lost 141 lbs, Gastric Bypass

“Prior to surgery I had severe sleep apnea, borderline diabetic, cardiomyapathy, joint and back pain. They are all gone now and I now lead an active and pain free lifestyle.”

Craig, Lost 120 lbs, Sleeve Gastrectomy

“I had gastric bypass surgery eight years ago and lost the weight that was killing me. I am now healthy and I feel terrific. I work hard every day to maintain my weight loss. I make the right food choices and I exercise almost every day.”

Norma, lost 195 lbs Gastric Bypass

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