Coming Summer 2022: Bariatric Surgery for Teens
April 28, 2022
Denver Health Bariatric Surgery Center to Expand Care to Patients Ages 16-21
The Denver Health Bariatric Surgery Center will expand care to teenagers 16 and older beginning in the summer of 2022. The comprehensive program helps patients with moderate to severe obesity lose weight and reduce the medical problems that come with it. An initial appointment with our bariatric specialists is now available within one month of scheduling. The first step in being seen at the center is getting a referral. You can request one from your primary care provider. Then, watch the Bariatric Surgery Online Informational Seminar for an overview on the program.
To qualify for the procedure, patients must meet criteria in one of the two categories below:
- Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher for more than two years.
- Body mass index (BMI) of 35-40 with at least one qualifying co-morbid disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart burn or obstructive sleep apnea.
The Denver Health Bariatric Surgery Center is certified as a bariatric surgery center of excellence. Our bariatric surgery team is made up of nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, surgeons, physicians and advanced practice providers. “We provide high-quality care with very low rates of complication,” said Dr. Alex Morton, bariatric surgeon and associate program director. “Bariatric surgery is especially beneficial in patients with obesity-related medical problems who are struggling to lose weight with traditional methods." For most patients, surgery improves or even cures obesity-related diseases, raises self-confidence and boosts energy – greatly increasing an individual’s quality of life.
Once you’re referred to the center, you’ll meet with a bariatric surgeon for a one-on-one evaluation. After confirming that you qualify for the procedure, you’ll enter the 4-6 month program involving comprehensive nutritional education, a visit with our psychologist, educational seminars and support group sessions with other patients in the program. You’ll learn the risks and benefits of surgery, expectations on exercise and nutrition, what to expect after surgery, and more. Our experts will help you make important lifestyle changes including healthy eating habits and a physical fitness routine.
A unique aspect of the Denver Health Bariatric Surgery Center is our ability to treat patients who are uninsured but enrolled in the Denver Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) or Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP). We also treat patients with Medicaid or Medicare, and private insurance.