The Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery 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 one of our surgeons
- Primary care physician clearance letter
- Current lab work
- Psychological evaluation
- Cardiology consultation (for those age 50 and older)
- Appointment with our 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.
What if I do not qualify?
If you do not qualify for surgery you do have options. If your insurance company does not approve you for surgery, we do offer competitive self pay rates with financing available through the hospital. We encourage that you stay in the states for surgery versus traveling outside the US. Although it can be cheaper for the actual surgery, the cost and risk of not having any follow up, including the fact that there are a minimal amount of surgeons in the states willing to do your lap band fills and deal with any complications, you are at huge risk for issues and weight loss failure.
If you do not qualify because you are too high a risk for surgery, meaning you have a very high BMI or many health risks which can make surgery dangerous for you, there are options as well. Our surgeons may recommend that you join our 6 month weight management class where you can get one on one care by our dietitian to lose weight to achieve a safe BMI for surgery. Our surgeons are very hands-on and caring. They want everyone to succeed.
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.
The changes made during surgery will require permanent changes in your eating habits that must be followed for successful weight loss in your new life after bariatric surgery. Post surgery dietary guidelines will vary based on they type of surgery you have. You will have to attend an intensive nutrition class before surgery where you will receive a manual that spells out your post surgery diet along with everything else that is important to your success. It is very important that you follow the dietary guidelines if you want to be successful. The following are some of the generally accepted dietary guidelines for a healthy diet after bariatric surgery:
- When you start eating solid food, it is important to chew your food thoroughly and eat very slowly. It is important to wait two to three minutes after swallowing before putting the next bite of food in your mouth.
- Don’t drink fluids while eating. They will make you feel full before you have eaten enough food. Fluids consumed with meals can cause vomiting and dumping syndrome, and can lead to feeling hungry sooner after a meal.
- Don’t eat desserts and other items with sugar if they have more than 3 to 5 grams per serving size.
- Don’t drink your calories!! Avoid carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, milk shakes, foods high in fat, and foods that have no nutritional value.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Limit snacking between meals. Eating after bariatric surgery will be much different than before!
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.