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Bariatric Surgery

Weight-loss surgery




What is Bariatric Surgery and how can it help?

Bariatric surgery is the clinical name for weight-loss surgery and is prescribed as a treatment for obesity.

By surgically reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold, the body absorbs fewer calories. Following bariatric surgery, patients typically lose 50 to 70 percent of their excess weight (in a one- to four-year period). In 2009, approximately 350,000 people with morbid obesity had bariatric surgery in the United States.

The goal of weight-loss surgery is to improve health, enhance quality of life, and increase lifespan. People who choose bariatric surgery make a life-long commitment to a new way of life. If you believe bariatric surgery may be right for you, the compassionate team at the Bariatric Center of the Rockies will work with you to understand both the benefits and risks. Careful consideration should be taken before deciding to move forward with bariatric surgery.

At the Bariatric Center of the Rockies, a leading bariatric center in Colorado, we offer three types of bariatric surgical procedures: gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND® surgery, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. In fact, we are one of few programs in the state of Colorado to offer vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Each bariatric surgical procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, which means patients can go home sooner and they heal much faster. All three bariatric surgeries tend to be very successful but you will want to understand each procedure before moving forward as each type of surgery has certain advantages.
If you believe bariatric surgery may help improve your health, enhance your quality of life, and increase your lifespan, please complete this secure information request form or call Michelle Carpenter, our patient navigator at the Bariatric Center of the Rockies. If you would like to learn more about why you should choose the Bariatric Center of the Rockies for weight-loss surgery in Colorado, please follow this link.

Please note: To qualify for bariatric surgery, specific criteria set forth by the National Institutes of Health must be met.

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