Children's Hospital Colorado
Photo of Dr. Thomas Inge performing bariatric surgery in the operating room


Our Bariatric Surgery Center offers bariatric (weight loss) surgery as a treatment option for severe obesity and obesity-related health conditions in teens. Bariatric surgery can provide effective and sustainable weight loss for teens who have been unable to lose a significant amount of weight with traditional weight-loss measures.


Our multidisciplinary team performs a comprehensive medical, surgical and psychological evaluation to determine if your teen is a good candidate for surgery.

We currently offer two bariatric surgery procedure options. These include the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB).

Specialized care for the treatment of obesity and obesity-related conditions

Bariatric surgery may be a good weight-loss treatment option for your teen if they meet certain criteria.

Teens who are obese tend to have other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact their health. These conditions include type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and bone and joint problems.

Obese teens are also more likely to be obese adults. Obesity increases their risk of having serious medical conditions and diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even cancer.

Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for bariatric surgery?

The Bariatric Surgery team at Children's Colorado takes a multidisciplinary team approach to the treatment of obesity, collaborating with experts from lifestyle medicine, pediatric surgery, endocrinology, nutrition and pediatric psychology. Guided by our in-depth research on the surgical treatment of adolescent obesity, our surgeons and doctors are constantly seeking new ways to improve treatment for long-term conditions caused by an unhealthy weight early in life.


Learn about our bariatric surgery research


Contact us

Contact us at 720-777-5202 or

Referring providers can fill out a Bariatric Surgery Center Referral Guidelines and send it to or fax us at 720-777-7271.


Get to know our pediatric experts.

Megan Kelsey, MD

Megan Kelsey, MD

Endocrinology - Pediatric

Jaime Moore, MD

Jaime Moore, MD

Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

Rachel Lockhart, CPNP-PC

Rachel Lockhart, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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