Welcome to the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute FAQs page! Here, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about bariatric surgery.
Check this section for any questions about our institute’s bariatric procedures.
Bariatric surgery has seen significant improvements in safety and effectiveness over the years, with robotic bariatric surgery playing a major role. Robotic bariatric surgery leverages advanced technology, such as computerized measurements, to minimize the potential for operator error, resulting in a more precise procedure.
At our facility, we offer a comprehensive range of bariatric procedures, and our team of experts can help you determine the best option for you.
The most common bariatric procedure, gastric sleeve surgery, involves removing a large part of the stomach and forming the remaining portion into a thin tube or “sleeve.” This surgery is a fast and reliable way to achieve significant weight loss and is particularly suitable for super morbidly obese patients with a BMI greater than 50.
Gastric bypass surgery is a highly safe and effective procedure that involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and attaching a segment of the intestine, bypassing part of the digestive system. This limits the amount of food you can consume, as well as your body's ability to absorb calories.
As a result, it can help you achieve significant weight loss and improve your health.
If a patient has experienced poor weight loss or complications from the initial surgery, revisional weight loss surgery may be the ideal solution. Patients who have regained a significant amount of weight or suffered from adverse side effects could be potential candidates for a second procedure.
The newly created pouch will be about the size of your thumb. It will have the capacity to comfortably hold about 2 ounces. Over time, it can expand to hold 6-8 ounces but must be carefully managed to ensure that it does not expand too quickly.
In the first year, most patients will need 5 or 6 adjustments in order to achieve optimal results. If you find that you are feeling constantly hungry or not losing any weight, it is likely time for an adjustment. On the other hand, if you are unable to eat much of anything without feeling uncomfortable or vomiting, your band may be too tight, and an adjustment may be necessary. If you experience any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.
Check if bariatric surgery is right for you and ask your doctor if they recommend it. Besides surgery, your diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are essential to long-term success.
Although weight loss surgery can be a beneficial tool, it is important to note that it will only be successful if you are motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes. If you are committed to making these changes, bariatric surgery can be a successful long-term solution.
Check this section for answers if you have any questions after bariatric surgery.
At CBSI, we understand the effectiveness of lap band surgery for weight loss, but we also recognize that it can come with discomfort, inadequate weight loss, and other negative side effects for some patients.
To ensure your weight loss journey is as seamless as possible, we offer adjustments and support if you are experiencing any of these side effects. If you need help, don't hesitate to contact us.
Yes, pregnancy can be very safe following surgery. It is recommended that a woman wait until she is 1 year to 18 months post-operative before getting pregnant to assure that her weight has stabilized.
If a bariatric surgery patient does become pregnant, it is important that labs are monitored regularly to ensure that vitamin or mineral deficiencies do not occur.
Following your bariatric surgery, it is important to be very careful about dining out. If eating out cannot be avoided, we have plenty of tips and advice on how to successfully “dine out” without compromising weight loss.
Check the question below for our patient-centered programs at CBSI.
We at CBSI are committed to the betterment of our patients and are proud to offer various care protocols to ensure their well-being. All candidates for bariatric surgery undergo a comprehensive team evaluation before any treatment to ensure that they receive the best care. Furthermore, our patients receive extensive follow-ups from both the surgeon and other health professionals as they progress.
To assist them in maintaining their modified lifestyle, we provide and strongly encourage involvement in a support group. Above all, our patients are our top priority, and we strive to ensure that they receive the best possible care.
CBSI's support groups are held on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m., providing a perfect opportunity for our patients to openly share their experiences. This is also a great venue to discuss their issues with other patients, nutritionists, and other members of our community.
Participation in these support groups is highly encouraged, as we strive to make sure all of our patients feel safe and supported. We look forward to hearing your stories and helping you through any challenges you may have since our patients are our top priority!
There are an increasing number of insurance companies that are providing coverage for bariatric surgery. Although there are still some that have exclusions in their policies for weight loss surgery, more and more are offering coverage, even if only partially. We can help you determine what your benefits are so that you know exactly what your surgery will cost right from the start.