Colorado is one of the great outdoor wonderlands. With 300 days of sun a year, mountain biking, backpacking, and camping are just a few ways to take advantage of the area. But do you find that your weight keeps you from enjoying everything Colorado has to offer?
Maybe you’ve tried other weight-loss programs in your area. Going to the gym, hiring a personal trainer, or visiting a nutritionist seems to help at the start, but you haven’t experienced long-term success. If your BMI is over 35, the only way to truly lose the weight and keep it off is through bariatric surgery.
At WeightWise, we offer the best program in the region. We provide potential patients an online seminar as well. You can see how our program works and why it’s been so successful for so many other Colorado residents.
The free online seminar can be viewed as many times as you’d like and can be shared with your friends and family. We also have virtual consultations, so out-of-town patients can meet with Dr. Broussard or Dr. Walton online without making the trip to the office.
Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision, one that needs to be carefully thought out through self-exploration, independent research, and consultations with a bariatric surgeon and other healthcare professionals. At WeightWise, we’ll be with you all along the way.
Why travel from Colorado for weight loss surgery?
Given the gravity of the decision, there is no reason to feel restricted by the Colorado borders in your search for the best weight loss surgeons. As a Colorado weight loss surgery patient, we make you feel right at home with our Long Distance Program.
One of the many benefits of choosing WeightWise is that, unlike other clinics that refer you to support from independent healthcare professionals, we have your complete supporting staff under one roof. Our team of weight loss experts works together on a daily basis, giving you the cohesive and convenient service and support you deserve.
The staff at WeightWise makes sure all of our out-of-town patients have the same experience and access to our integrated weight loss program as someone who lives just down the street from us. You will be assigned a patient advocate that will help you navigate any insurance questions, be there to answer any questions, and act as your own personal cheerleader.
Services for Colorado residents
Just a few short hours away, the surgeons and support staff at WeightWise will work closely with you to determine whether or not you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, and if so, which procedure works best for your unique situation.
The first step is to learn more about your options. Here are the three major weight loss procedures that have transformed the lives of patients who take part in the WeightWise program:
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, usually simply referred to as gastric bypass, is the most popular weight loss surgery in the U.S. and has transformed countless lives. The WeightWise surgeons are highly trained and skilled in gastric bypass surgery, using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery techniques.
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, or lap band, is an inflatable silicone device that acts as an adjustable belt around the top of the stomach. Approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat obesity, the belt creates a smaller stomach pouch. The tightness can be adjusted during a routine office visit.? The goal is to find the right tightness that will help patients lose one to two pounds a week.
The gastric sleeve procedure, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, involves reducing the size of the patient’s stomach. This newer procedure does not involve bypassing the intestinal tract, which lowers the risk of nutritional deficiency.
We’ll be with you all during the pre- and post-operative stages of your weight loss journey. If you are considering weight loss surgery and would like to know which procedure works best for you, take the first step and contact WeightWise today.
Colorado Weight Loss FAQ
I have insurance through my job in Colorado. How much of the procedure will it cover?
Until we see what kind of insurance you have, we won’t know for sure. During the initial consultation, make sure you bring a copy of your insurance plan. You should be able to get a copy from the human resources department at your work.
That being said, bariatric surgery is becoming more and more common in the health care field and is recognized as a quality of life issue. Which means it is thought less as an elective surgery and more as a necessary procedure for improved health.
Several of the top national insurance companies offer some kind of coverage for bariatric surgery. In many cases, you will need to follow a specific weight-loss plan in connection with the surgery. This could include entering into a smoking cessation program, following a detailed physical activity schedule, or attending weekly or monthly check-up visits.
If you have more questions about the monetary aspects of surgery, visit our financial FAQ page for more information.
How soon can I return to normal activities in Colorado?
When the surgery is performed laparoscopically (as the vast majority of our surgeries are), you’ll be able to return to normal physical activity almost immediately. Laparoscopic surgery employs several small holes instead of a single, large incision. This helps keep rehabilitation to a minimum.
That being said, there is one daily aspect of your former life that will have to change: your diet. For two weeks after the surgery, you are expected to follow a very strict diet. Any variation from this diet could affect weight loss, cause discomfort, or even lead to injury.
The purpose of the diet is to acclimate your body to a newer, healthier lifestyle. With the diet, your body will begin to change hormonally and require less food to feel full and lessen hunger pangs you may have experienced before surgery.
Do you have suggestions for lodging?
We understand the commitment your making when traveling from Colorado, so we make lodging as easy as possible. We have a special partnership with SpringHill Suites in Oklahoma City, including reduced rates, that is a short cab ride away from our offices.
We recommend flying in the day prior to surgery to make sure you are well-rested for surgery and staying another night after the surgery. You can make a three-day mini-vacation out of the trip as there is plenty to see and do in Oklahoma City.
Will the surgery help with other health-related issues?
Absolutely! Weight-loss surgery has been shown to improve or even resolve health problems related to heart conditions as well as some forms of diabetes, sleep apnea, and decrease death from certain cancers. With continued weight loss, you’ll also experience less joint pain and less pain in the back, hips, knees, and feet.
If you live in Colorado and are looking for a weight loss surgeon, consider coming to Edmond, OK. Watch our FREE online weight loss seminar today or contact the WeightWise Bariatric Program if you have additional questions. We perform bariatric procedures for residents in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Pueblo, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial, and many other communities.