Weight loss surgery experts in northern Colorado

UCHealth Bariatric Center of the Rockies is an accredited bariatric surgery leader based in northern Colorado and founded in 1995.

To date, our board-certified surgeons have performed over 4,500 bariatric surgeries. The expertise of our bariatric surgeons allows us to provide surgery and care to patients who are considered high risk. In fact, high-risk patients are often referred to us for treatment.

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Weight loss team and program

A dedicated care team

Our caring, dedicated team, including our patient navigator, help to make your weight loss journey as seamless as possible. We are with you every step of the way.

We believe strongly in the positive life-long changes weight-loss surgery will bring to you.

Education and support

If you are considering bariatric surgery, learn about your surgical weight loss options at one of our free seminars.

To register and find out more, contact our patient navigator.

UCHealth Bariatric Center of the Rockies offers support groups that we encourage our patients to attend throughout their weight loss journey. Having the support of your bariatric surgeon and others who have gone through the same process can help you achieve your long-term weight loss success.

Light for Life support group

Founded in 1995, Light for Life is open to anyone who has had weight-loss surgery, including those at other hospitals, or is considering weight-loss surgery.

  • When: Last Monday of each month, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Poudre Valley Hospital, Cafe F
  • Cost: Free, no need to register
  • Facilitator: Becki Mudgett, RN, CBN

Bariatric surgery

Why it’s done

  • To reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems.
  • To lose excess weight.

Who it’s for

In general, weight loss surgery could be a treatment option for you if:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher.
  • Your BMI is 35-39.9 and you have a serious weight-related health problem.

The type of bariatric surgery that works best for you will depend on several factors. You and your physician will discuss the best option for your situation.

Download our guide to bariatric surgery
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, or LSG, is performed by making about five small cuts in your belly. Your surgeon will perform the surgery using a thin, long, telescope with a tiny camera at the end. Instruments pushed through the incisions will be used to remove about 80% of your stomach.

Health library overview: LSG

Download our guide to sleeve gastrectomy

Gastric bypass

Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of your upper stomach to a small pouch about the size of an egg. The surgeon does this by stapling off the upper section of the stomach. This reduces the amount of food you can eat. The surgeon then attaches this pouch directly to part of the small intestine called the Roux limb. This forms a “Y” shape. The food you eat then bypasses the rest of the stomach and the upper part of your small intestine.

This procedure reduces the amount of fat and calories you absorb from the foods you eat. It also reduces the amount of vitamins and minerals you absorb from food.

Health library overview: Gastric Bypass Surgery

Download our guide to gastric bypass surgery

Insurance

The cost of bariatric surgery, and whether it is covered by insurance, varies.

Our bariatric patient navigator will contact each patient’s insurance company to find out if the cost of bariatric surgery is covered under the patient’s benefits and if there are any pre-surgery requirements.

Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most insurance plans, including:

Aetna®
Anthem
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Cigna
Medicaid*
Medicare*
Meritain
UnitedHealthcare®

Within each of those companies, however, there are many policies that don’t cover the cost of bariatric surgery. Our bariatric patient navigator will help determine if your particular insurance plan offers coverage.

If your insurance will not cover bariatric surgery, we do have a self-pay option.

*UCHealth Bariatric Center of the Rockies accepts and provides care for those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage — one of the few facilities in Colorado to do so.

Billing

Have questions about your bill? Please visit the UCHealth bill pay site.

Awards and recognition

UCHealth Bariatric Center of the Rockies is the only bariatric surgery center in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming accredited by the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The center has been accredited since 2005.

The center has also been designated as a Center of Excellence by Aetna® and UnitedHealthCare®, and as a Blue Distinction Center Plus from Anthem® Blue Cross and Blue Shield (national and Colorado).

Weight loss and metabolism information

UCHealth offers an extensive health library, as well as other information specific to obesity, bariatric surgery, and weight loss.

Obesity After bariatric surgery

Patient testimonials

Cathy DoughertyKeith GastonConnie GieseJohn MillerJonathan Rhoades

Cathy Dougherty lost 124 pounds.

“I have more confidence and I’m much happier,” she said. “I don’t get grumpy like I used to because I’m not as tired as I used to be. I’m living the life.”

UCHealth bariatric patient Cathy Dougherty

Keith Gaston lost 180 pounds.

After seeing a friend’s success with weight-loss surgery, Keith decided that he wasn’t ready to give up—he wanted to spend more time with his kids, and if he wanted to live, he had to make a change. In this case, that change changed everything.

Connie Giese lost 110 pounds.

“It’s like the entire hospital has gone on this journey with me,” she said. “They’ve been so supportive. At times even when I couldn’t see the change in myself, they always could and would say things like, ‘You look so great!’ It was so nice to have the boost from others.”

John Miller lost 202 pounds.

At 6′ 4″ and nearly 500 pounds, John had several of the issues caused by morbid obesity: knee and back pain, trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, trouble getting in and out of his truck. “It’s such a dramatic difference. I wish I would have done it 10 years ago.”

Jonathan Rhoades lost 208 pounds.

Before weight-loss surgery, Jonathan never would have pictured himself climbing over a barrier, pulling himself up on stage and dancing with one of his favorite Celtic punk bands, the Dropkick Murphys. “I didn’t even realize before I lost the weight just how much of a physical struggle it was or how much I was limiting myself,” he said.