Bariatric surgery, also referred to as weight loss surgery, is performed on patients struggling with obesity. There are several types of bariatric surgery, but they are all designed to decrease food intake with the goal of rapid weight loss. If you are struggling with obesity and its related health issues, including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and hypertension, weight loss through traditional means can be a challenge. Bariatric surgery can help you effectively lose weight, get healthy and regain your life.
HealthONE’s network of care includes two specialized bariatric surgery centers – located in the Denver area. Our bariatric program also serves patients throughout Colorado, including Sterling, Yuma, Colorado Springs, Burlington, Fort Collins, Canon City and patients in New Mexico, Western Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and around the world.
Bariatric Center of Excellence
Both Rose Medical Center and Sky Ridge Medical Center are Centers of Excellence, as designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
A HealthONE bariatric patient has access to highly-experienced surgical teams and weight loss doctors who maintain the top standards of care.
Meet our medical and surgical team
Our board-certified surgeons have performed thousands of weight loss surgeries with safety and complication rates better than the national average. They combine clinical excellence with educational programs to give each patient the best possible outcome after their weight loss surgery.
As Centers of Excellence, Rose Medical Center and Sky Ridge Medical Center offer a comprehensive range of weight loss surgeries:
The Gastric Bypass has long been considered the “gold standard” for obesity surgery. This procedure may be particularly suited to persons with a BMI of 35+ with co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain, fatigue and more who wish to have quick and enduring weight loss. Most people are able to return to work in 2-3 weeks post-surgery.
Learn more about the Gastric Bypass procedure from Dr. Michael Snyder.
The Duodenal Switch is a procedure that combines two types of bariatric procedures—restriction and malabsorption. This procedure takes place in two steps. First, the stomach is restricted to limit the amount of food one can ingest. Secondly, it prevents absorption by creating a partial loop bypass, which leads to malabsorption to limit the body’s food intake.
What are the benefits?
One of the benefits is that it leaves the valve at the bottom of the stomach. This lengthens the amount of time food stays in the stomach, which gives a longer feeling of fullness. Another advantage is that it limits the amount of fat that is absorbed from the intake of food. Lastly, the procedure is completely reversible because the small intestine is not removed.
The Gastric LapBand® procedure reduces weight loss through restriction. A band is placed around the outside of the upper-most stomach which provides a small, narrow, outlet that controls the rate at which food travels from the upper to lower stomach. The stretch at the upper stomach from just a small portion of food above the band causes one to feel full. Through good nutrition and smaller portion sizes, patients are content with smaller meals that easily fill the small upper stomach. Gastric LapBand® surgery can serve as a great option for gaining long-term control of weight and better suited for people of lower BMI (30-40). It’s also a good option for people that prefer a quicker recovery, less risk, and the ability to undergo a surgical procedure that is adjustable and removable. Most patients can return to work in three days.
Learn more about the Gastric LapBand® procedure from Dr. Michael Snyder.
More bariatric procedures
Our team is highly experienced and committed to finding the least invasive method of treatment, while still providing a safe outcome for our patients. Click the links below to learn more about the benefits and details of each.
- Balloon Non-Surgical Procedures
- Robotic Surgery
Led by Frank Chae, MD, bariatric surgery specialist, his team at Sky Ridge Medical Center are on the leading edge of robot-assisted surgery.
- vBloc Surgery
- Gastric Sleeve
- Bariatric Revision
Support for patients
As a bariatric patient in the HealthONE network of care, you will receive support at every stage of your weight loss journey. We offer:
- Informative seminars where you can learn about surgical options and what to expect as a patient.
- Medical weight loss programs if you are required by your insurance provider to participate in a weight loss program prior to surgery.
- Support groups and post-op classes, in which you can learn how to maintain a healthy weight post-surgery.
- Specialized facilities designed to create a comfortable environment when you undergo weight loss surgery.
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