Weight and metabolism

Your body makes energy through physical and chemical processes, known collectively as “metabolism.” Although everything from breathing to circulating blood and repairing cells is part of your metabolism, the process we think about most often relates to digesting food and nutrients.

Connections between weight and metabolism take many forms. Rely on UCHealth to help you identify best approaches to maintaining a healthy weight.

Weight and metabolism conditions we treat

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Specialized weight loss treatments at UCHealth

Bariatric endoscopy for non-surgical weight loss

The Metabolic and Bariatric Endoscopy Program at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital specializes in treating patients who don’t qualify for, or don’t want to undergo, weight loss surgery.

We also treat patients who have regained weight after weight loss surgery.

Leaders in surgical weight loss

Throughout the Rocky Mountain region and across the Colorado Front Range, UCHealth has been a longstanding leader in bariatric (surgical) weight loss.

We work with you to evaluate your situation, recommend appropriate treatment and deliver the comprehensive care you expect.

Surgical options include gastric bypass, LAP-BAND® and sleeve gastrectomy procedures, with certain approaches designed for adolescents.

Colorado’s first LDL Apheresis program

In addition to traditional high-cholesterol treatments, UCHealth offers Colorado’s first LDL apheresis program, a procedure that works like kidney dialysis to remove cholesterol from the blood.

Weight management in primary care

Get individualized weight management support with PATHWEIGH.

UCHealth integrates weight management into primary care, providing a collaborative and supportive environment for patients. This innovative approach addresses the underlying causes of obesity-related health problems.

PATHWEIGH is NOT a weight loss program. It is a care process that focuses on reducing excess body weight and weight-related medical complications. Patients receive highly individualized, flexible and evolving care based on their needs, access and preference. This care is provided in the comfort and familiarity of primary care where a long-term relationship is key to success.

By prioritizing weight loss discussions in primary care, UCHealth aims to help patients lose three times more weight compared to other methods and tackle over 200 associated health problems.

PATHWEIGH is currently offered at UCHealth primary care clinics in Colorado and Wyoming. Patients can contact their clinic to learn more or to schedule a weight-prioritized visit.

At UCHealth, compassionate, experienced, team-based care

Consider UCHealth as your source for diagnosis and treatment of weight and metabolism conditions.

You benefit from our team approach, where highly trained and experienced specialists collaborate to deliver customized treatment to meet your unique needs. Your care team may include board-certified bariatric surgeons, endocrinologists, registered dietitians, physical therapists, registered nurses and bariatric nurse/patient navigators to guide you through the entire process.

Depending on your specific situation, we also involve other medical specialists, such as gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists and behavioral health professionals to give you the most appropriate care.