Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?

Making the decision to undergo weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is the beginning of a long, rewarding journey to a healthier you. At Rose Center for Bariatrics in Denver, Colorado, we are equipped to support you every step of the way—from bariatric consultation through life after weight loss. Weight loss surgery isn’t right for everyone. It is important to consider your options and do some research to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.

If you have questions about your eligibility for bariatric surgery, please call us at (303) 320-7673.

Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

Bariatric surgery is only recommended for those who have a significant amount of weight to lose and/or are suffering from conditions related to being overweight. When you step into this journey with Rose, you not only will look and feel better, but you also will find your quality of life drastically improves. Weight loss surgery has shown to resolve or better manage diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain and fatigue.

Guidelines and qualifications:

  • BMI (body mass index to measure body fat) of 35 or greater (approximately 80 to 100 pounds over ideal body weight)—or BMI of 30+ with associated comorbidities (medical problems associated with and/or caused by obesity).
  • Significant previous efforts at weight loss have been made. Preferably, these attempts have been in nutritionally safe and medical or peer-supervised programs.
  • No uncorrected metabolic disease that may cause obesity.
  • No other serious medical condition(s) that would make surgery too hazardous.
  • No unstable or untreated psychological illnesses and/or unrealistic expectations of surgery and weight loss.
  • No abuse of addictive drugs or alcohol—preferably for at least 12 months.
  • Sufficient motivation to make the life-long changes in eating habits and exercise required for success after bariatric surgery.
  • Willingness to make a formal commitment to yourself and to the bariatric surgical procedure you will choose with your surgeon’s guidance.

Calculate your BMI

Are you a candidatefor weight loss surgery?

BMI (an abbreviation for "body mass index") is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate potential obesity. For most people, the BMI number provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. To be a candidate for bariatric surgery at Rose Center for Bariatrics, you generally need to have a BMI of 35 or greater (approximately 80-100 pounds over ideal body weight) or a BMI of 30+ with associated co-morbidities (medical problems associated with and/or caused by obesity).

What's my BMI?

  • Underweight
    Less than 18.5

  • Normal Weight
    18.5 - 25

  • Overweight
    25 - 30
  • Obese
    30 - 35

  • Severely Obese
    35 - 40

  • Morbidly Obese
    Greater than 40

Specialty programs for bariatric patients

The Rose Center for Bariatrics offers a variety of specialty programs to help you succeed in your weight loss journey. As innovators in the field, we have developed comprehensive programs to best cater to your individual needs.

To learn more about any of our specialty programs, please email or call us at (303) 320-7673.

Travel and out-of-state program

This program is designed to accommodate our out-of-state or commuting bariatric surgery patients. Our experts will help you coordinate your journey from miles away via telephone. Your surgical visit may be the only time you have to visit us in person. We even have discounted hotels and car services for your convenience. We are the first program in the Rocky Mountain region to offer this convenience and with such quality.

If you choose Rose for your bariatric surgery, please plan to arrive in Denver one or two days prior to your surgery.

Preparing for your trip to Denver

  1. Attend a free informational seminar, either in-person or online.
  2. Contact us or your surgeon’s office directly.
  3. Complete an initial consultation with your bariatric surgeon, either online, by phone or in-person.
  4. Complete a phone discussion with a bariatric coordinator to discuss financial and insurance matters.
    1. Your insurance may require a three to six month supervised dietary program, which can be monitored through Rose and/or your primary care physician.
    2. Cash and self-pay patients will be assisted with our Fast Track program. Please contact us for pricing and payment plan information.
  5. Determine a dietary plan. Our expert, diabetic-certified dietitians work with bariatric patients in-person or via phone consultation. A few of our physician offices also offer online dietician seminars.
  6. Complete the following health evaluations:
    1. Mental health examination with a psychology professional (you may use your own if you have an established professional).
    2. Medical clearance.
    3. Pulmonary function testing.
    4. Cardiac evaluation and stress test, if you are 50 years old or older.
    5. Additional tests as needed.
  7. Attend a pre-op surgery class, via teleconference or in-person.
  8. Schedule your surgery date, pre-register and plan your trip to Denver.

During your Denver visit

Prior to surgery we want to ensure you have the opportunity to meet with key team members before the day of your surgery. You will meet with your bariatric surgeon, dietician and the team at the Pre-Admit Testing Unit at Rose Medical Center.

During this time, we will review your hospital process, labs, EKG, history questions for admission and any last-minute questions you may have prior to your surgery. If all parties are satisfied after your pre-surgery in-person meetings, we will proceed with your scheduled operation.

On the day of surgery you will arrive at Rose’s pre-op unit, located on the second floor, two to three hours before surgery. Then you can let our team handle the rest. During a typical visit, you will spend time in pre-op, surgery, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) for recovery, have a stay on the surgical floor and then be discharged.

Fast Track program

For individuals looking to self-pay for their weight loss procedure, we offer a 45-day Fast Track program to help expedite your journey to better health. Call us today or attend one of our free informational seminars to find out how to get started. We even offer payment plans to assist with your financial needs.

Diabetic program

With the rise of obesity in our nation, it isn’t coincidental that diabetes is on the rise as well. Obesity is one of the leading factors for the development of Type 2 diabetes. Rose Center for Bariatrics has created a diabetes program that includes both weight management as well as diabetes control. We are the first program in Colorado to offer this specialized continuum of care for our patients.

Our bariatric team includes diabetic/bariatric-trained dietitians. We will work hand-in-hand with your primary care physician and/or endocrinologist to ensure your plan of care is customized to help you succeed on your journey to better health.

Recent studies show the effectiveness of bariatric surgery in decreasing the signs and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, and organizations like the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the International Diabetes Federation agree. Additionally, studies released in 2012 showed that bariatric surgery can more effectively control diabetes than medical therapy and that insulin resistance is greatly improved after surgery.

Teen program

Teen obesity in the U.S. has grown considerably in recent years, with nearly one of every three children and adolescents suffering from obesity. Rose Center for Bariatrics has created a teen program to focus on helping teenagers suffering from obesity lose weight and regain a higher quality of living. This comprehensive medical and surgical program provides nutrition, exercise and psychological counseling with the goal of giving your child the skills to reach and maintain a healthy weight—for life.

Additionally, we offer a comprehensive medical weight loss management program for teens who may not qualify for surgery, but still need to improve their weight and overall health.

Pregnancy program

Many women and couples struggle with weight-related fertility issues. Our comprehensive pregnancy program may be able to assist you in reaching your family-related goals. Our medical team partners with your current medical providers to assist in potentially increasing your fertility following your weight loss surgery. We currently have more than 20 women in our program who have successfully become pregnant after bariatric surgery.

Pregnancy is not recommended within the first year following bariatric surgery as this is a time during which the body faces many changes and has great nutritional demands. Program participation will be determined on an individual basis with your bariatric surgeon.

The team that makes up our pregnancy program includes bariatric surgeons, obstetricians, perinatologists, pediatricians, psychologists, counselors and prenatal exercise trainers.

Learn more about having a baby at Rose

Exercise program

Exercise is a key component to your weight loss journey through bariatric surgery. Both pre-surgical and post-surgical exercise is recommended to encourage weight loss, comorbidity resolution and a healthy lifestyle. Following a pre-surgery body composition scan, the following exercise options are encouraged before surgery:

  • Exercise physiologists
  • Trainer
  • At home exercise
  • Athletic club

Medicare program

For individuals who are 65 and older and have Medicare coverage, we are now offering our bariatric surgical and support programs. Seniors often deal with an array of health challenges, and we look forward to partnering with you to increase your quality of life and decrease your health risks associated with obesity. We are experienced in caring for Medicare patients, and we will be able to assist you in navigating your insurance, financial, exercise and support group needs.