Measuring success at the first-ever bariatric clothing exchange

Tucson Bariatric patients at The Teal Saguaro's first-ever Celebrate Weight Loss Clothing Exchange

Tucson Bariatric patients at The Teal Saguaro’s first-ever Celebrate Weight Loss Clothing Exchange

Drs. Jeff Monash and Scott Welle from Tucson Bariatric, along with the TMC Auxiliary, recently held the first-ever Celebrate Weight Loss Clothing Exchange.  The event marked the kick-off to an ongoing bariatric clothing exchange at  The Teal Saguaro, TMC Auxiliary’s new resale boutique.  Bariatric patients often lose weight so quickly that it can be difficult for them to find clothes to fit every time they drop a size.

Patients who have undergone weight loss surgery at Tucson Bariatric are invited to drop off their too-large, gently used clothing and shoes  (maximum five pieces/pairs of shoes please) to either The Teal Saguaro, 5395 E. Erickson Rd., or Tucson Bariatric, 4715 E. Camp Lowell Dr. in the Swan Corporate Center.  In return, they will receive a voucher to get the same number of items in their current size. 

Tucson Bariatric employee Binda Tatro with patient Nancy Killian

Tucson Bariatric employee Binda Tatro
with patient Nancy Killian

More than two dozen patients attended the event, and were thrilled to be able to swap their too-big items for things they can wear NOW.  “The patients expressed how grateful they were to be able to find fashionable clothes in their current size at The Teal Saguaro.  We absolutely accomplished our goal of providing this service to our patients while making it fun for them.  Most left with full shopping bags, some exchanged phone numbers, and everyone was thrilled to be there,” said Dr. Monash.

There were giveaways, healthy refreshments, and friendly help.  The bariatric clothing exchange is ongoing at The Teal Saguaro for the patients of Drs. Monash and Welle.  Vouchers can be redeemed for up to one year.  The Teal Saguaro’s clothing selection always includes plus size garments and remains a great community shopping resource for everyone on a weight loss journey.

Special thanks to Jessica Monash for organizing the event, furnishing the refreshments and decorating the shopping bags.

Since 2011, TMC has been a Bariatric Center of Excellence, an accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.  Bariatric surgeries performed at TMC are minimally invasive, and some are even done using the da Vinci surgical robot.  For more information about TMC’s Bariatric Program, please call De Anna Elliott at (520) 324-3766.


  1. Katie Riley says:

    What a great idea,TMC! Good thinking!

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