Comprehensive weight-loss surgery program in South Denver

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Our bariatric surgery center recognizes that sometimes our body weight is beyond our control. Under the guidance of our board-certified bariatric surgeon, Dr. Frank H. Chae, our advanced surgical weight loss team at Sky Ridge Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients with safe, comprehensive medical treatment and to supporting patients' needs before, during and after their weight-loss journey.

Our team knows that results vary, so they will create a personalized treatment plan just for you. Our patients come from the greater Denver and Colorado area and have collectively lost more than 80,000 pounds.

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Why you should choose Sky Ridge for your bariatric surgery:

Meet Dr. Chae: Top bariatric surgeon in the greater Denver area

Dr. Chae

Dr. Frank H. Chae, Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Sky Ridge, specializes in bariatric surgery and advanced minimally invasive surgery, including specialized advanced laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery.

Dr. Chae uses state-of-the-art procedures that have been recognized for their safety. Safety and his patients' success always remain his top priority. That's why more than 3,000 patients have entrusted their care to him.


Informational bariatric seminars

Come to our informational group seminars and meet Dr. Chae, chief bariatric surgeon. Our team will answer your questions and provide you with options for your weight-loss journey.

Sessions are held the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the first Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Sky Ridge Board Room, Garden Level. Enter through the main entrance and proceed to the Garden Level. We will meet in the Café and then move to the Board Room.

Private informational sessions

Free, private seminars are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the Conifer Building at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Sessions are offered by appointment only. Please call (303) 662-1191 to arrange a private session with Dr. Chae and his team.

Bariatric support groups

The Sky Ridge bariatric surgery support group is free to those who have had their surgery at Sky Ridge with Dr. Chae. Sessions are by our registered dietitian, Kelly Elliot, of Bariatric Nutrition Resources. We average 20 to 30 participants each month and we would love to have you join us.

Benefits of our bariatric support group

  • Education about the bariatric surgery recovery process
  • Nutrition and exercise information to maintain a healthy weight
  • Proper use of nutritional supplements
  • Support from those going through the same life change

Location and time

The bariatric support groups meet on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sky Ridge Auditorium, Garden Level.

Types of bariatric surgery we offer

Sky Ridge Medical Center is proud to be the only hospital in Colorado that offers all five of the following procedures:

  • Gastric plication
  • Gastric sleeve
  • Lap® Band and Realize® Band
  • Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass
  • vBloc neurometabolic therapy

Recovery varies for each surgery, but averages a one- to two-day hospital stay.

Gastric plication

Gastric plication, also called laparoscopic greater curvature plication (LGCP), is an innovative weight-loss procedure that involves surgically folding the stomach in order to reduce its size without implants, cutting the stomach or using staples. Dr. Chae was the first bariatric surgeon in Colorado to offer this investigational, minimally invasive procedure for weight loss.

Typically, gastric plication is performed during a one- to two-hour surgery and patients are in the hospital for one to two days. Following surgery, patients are placed on special liquid diets (two to three weeks) and, over time, work toward eating a variety of solid foods, but in limited quantities.

Gastric sleeve plication highlights
  • Initial studies have shown the gastric plication procedure to be effective, with the average patient losing 50 percent of his or her excess weight*
  • Compared togastric band patients, gastric plication patients have fewer follow-up visits after surgery as there are no adjustments needed on an implanted device
  • Stomach plication helps reduce the stomach size, restricting the amount of food that is able to be eaten (versus the gastric bypass procedure that uses malabsorption in order for patients to lose weight)
  • This procedure may potentially be reversed or turned into another procedure, if necessary

Gastric sleeve

Gastric sleeve, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is the surgical removal of a portion of the stomach to create a long tubular or “banana”-shaped stomach. This surgery involves surgical stapling, cutting and removal of stomach parts, but, unlike gastric bypass, it does not alter intestines. Unlike gastric banding surgery, gastric sleeve surgery also does not require adjustments after surgery or leave behind an artificial device inside the body.

Dr. Chae performs this surgery laparoscopically (minimally invasive) to minimize pain and speed up healing.

Lap® Band and Realize® Band (gastric-restrictive procedures)

Gastric-restrictive procedures involve placing an adjustable band around the stomach with the aid of a laparoscope (a tiny tool with a camera on it) in order to limit how much food enters the stomach. Gastric banding is recommended for patients who want to lose 50 to 120 pounds*. After 10 years, studies show that patients can maintain 50 percent of targeted excess weight loss.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (malabsorptive procedure)

The Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass procedure creates a small pouch to serve as the stomach, so you cannot eat as much. In a recent study with 125 patients, individuals who had the surgery lost 74 percent of excess weight in the first year, 78 percent in year two, 81 percent at year three, 84 percent by year four and by year five, 91 percent*.

vBloc neurometabolic therapy

Your body regulates weight through a complex process, each part "talking" to the others through brain and hormonal signals. The brain receives incoming messages and sends new instructions to your body in order to maintain what it feels is a healthy weight.

vBloc neurometabolic therapy is a new weight-loss option for people with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a health-related condition or a BMI of 40 to 45. vBloc therapy delivered through an implantable device called the Maestro system. This device intermittently blocks the signals between your stomach and your brain, keeping you from feeling hungry.

How the Maestro system works

The Maestro system, a pacemaker-like device, is implanted by a metabolic and bariatric surgeon just under the skin, typically during an outpatient procedure that can be performed as a "same day" surgery. The procedure is performed laparoscopically, using up to five small incisions in the abdomen to implant the leads. The neuroregulator is implanted under the skin. During this procedure, the surgeon will also connect two device wires around your Vagus nerve in the area just above your stomach.

Why is vBloc different?

Unlike other treatments, vBloc therapy does not prevent nutrient absorption or alter your anatomy. It just blocks hunger. Because the therapy directly targets your source of hunger, losing weight does not require you to change the foods you eat. vBloc is an active treatment that works throughout the day. It can be completely reversible and be deactivated or removed at any time.

Teen obesity weight-loss program

Childhood obesity in the U.S. has grown considerably in recent years, with 16 to 33 percent of children and adolescents now considered obese.

That's why the Bariatric Surgery Center at Sky Ridge created a new teen obesity weight-loss program. We have developed a comprehensive medical and surgical program that will provide nutrition, exercise and psychological counseling with the goal of giving your child the skills to reach and maintain a healthy weight for life.

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

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Pants Across Sky Ridge

Pants Across Sky Ridge is an annual celebration that Sky Ridge hosts every January to honor those who have had life-changing bariatric surgery and wish to share their amazing weight-loss success stories. In addition to a special reception with friends and family, we display patients’ stories and "before" and "after" pants and photos in our lobby prior to the event.

Our visitors and employees are inspired by these heartfelt stories of triumph! We also select several patients to participate in our Marvelous Makeover, an exciting opportunity for a head-to-toe makeover with the "reveal" the evening of our Pants Across Sky Ridge reception!

Dr. Chae and his team know that results vary, so they will create a personalized treatment plan just for you.

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