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Bariatric Surgery for the Treatment of Obesity at Denver Health

Woman Running in ParkBariatric surgery is a medical procedure used to treat severe obesity — extreme overweight — by limiting the amount of food a patient can eat, changing how food is absorbed by the body, and altering the digestion process. There are medical guidelines that patients must meet in order to qualify for surgery and an extensive screening process to judge readiness for surgery. 

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass & Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Denver Health bariatric surgeons offer two types of bariatric surgery. Both procedures are offered laparoscopically using minimally invasive techniques that lead to less pain and quicker recovery following surgery. 

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – This surgery creates a smaller stomach and re-routes the stomach to the small intestines. It has been shown to have the best results with the least amount of side effects. 

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (also called Gastric Sleeve) – A portion of the stomach is removed making a smaller “sleeve” shaped stomach. Intestines do not have to be reconnected in this procedure. 

Each patient works with his or her surgeon to determine what type of procedure is best. Bariatric surgery does not come with a guarantee of weight loss, but our experience and medical studies show that with hard work and dedication, patients do see long-term results.