Before Your Bariatric Surgery
Denver Bariatrics is committed to a thorough and engaging pre-bariatric surgery workup process to ensure the safest possible experience for each patient. While these consultations do not need to be completed prior to our first meeting, doing so may speed up the approval process.
Before undergoing bariatric surgery, the following steps must be taken:
- Attend an informational seminar, either in-person or online (recommended)
- Schedule a new patient consult with Dr. Snyder through his office at (303) 280-0900
- Primary care physician clearance letter
- Current lab work
- Psychological evaluation
- Cardiology consultation (for those age 50 and older)
- Appointment with Dr. Snyder’s registered dietician
- Attend a free pre-operative nutrition class
- Medically monitored diet if required by your insurance
To learn more about our pre-bariatric surgery process, fill out our contact form or call us at (303) 280-0900.
After Your Bariatric Surgery
Creating a sustainable and healthy lifestyle after bariatric surgery is pivotal to long-term success and happiness. At the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery, we ensure patients have a plethora of resources available and engage in ongoing education to maintain their new lives. Each patient is given a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Notebook with a complete educational summary of the procedure and lifestyle guidance after surgery. Also, we are always available for you after surgery. We are your health partners for life!
After Surgery Support
We ensure new patients attend at least six support classes in their first year post-operatively. Through our various support groups — both online and in-person — we provide a range of options and topics to complement your unique lifestyle. These after bariatric surgery classes are provided at no cost to our patients.Visit our Support Groups page for more information on monthly support groups.
Your Bariatric Surgery Notebook will provide everything you need for dietary guidelines, but here is a brief overview of how eating will look after you have healed from surgery:
- You’ll eat 5-6 small meals per day to avoid feeling really hungry.
- You’ll eat protein first in the form of lean meats (chicken, turkey, and fish) and other low-fat sources. Protein should comprise about 75% of the volume of the meal eaten.
- Foods should be cooked without fat and seasoned to taste.
- Avoid sauces, gravies, butter, margarine, mayonnaise and junk foods.
- Never eat between meals.
- Do not drink sugary, flavored beverages between meals.
- Drink 64 ounces or more of water each day. Water must be consumed slowly, 1-2 mouthfuls at a time, due to the restrictive effect of the operations.
Exercise & Physical Fitness
Physical Fitness is a critical component for long-term weight loss and meeting your personal goals after bariatric surgery. We will help you learn to love exercise. We start easy and ritualistically and find the perfect variety for your needs and lifestyle. Exercise is especially important after weight loss surgery for maintaining weight, as our bodies tend to burn any unused muscle before burning fat. If you do not maintain a regimen of physical fitness, your body will prefer to consume your unused muscle, causing a decrease in muscle mass and strength, not fat. Visit our Physical Fitness page to find out more information on how to get started and stay motivated after bariatric surgery.