Children's Hospital Colorado

Second Opinions for Bariatric Surgery

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we treat the big things, the small things and everything in between.



The choice to get bariatric surgery can be a difficult one. The goal for your child is always health and happiness, but sometimes the answer to weight loss questions isn’t so obvious. Underlying conditions can play a large part in unexplained weight gain in adolescents and teens. So it’s important to understand these conditions and weigh all the treatment options before committing to surgery.

Our bariatric surgery and weight loss team has done extensive research to find the best treatments for children who are overweight depending on their age, medical conditions and goals. When looking at weight loss options for your child, get a second opinion from the experienced bariatric surgery and weight loss team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Our weight loss experts have helped thousands of children overcome their weight problems either through bariatric surgery or non-surgical treatment.

Understanding why a person is gaining weight is the first step to the best treatment. That’s why we make it easy to get a second opinion appointment. First, schedule an initial informational phone call with our team to discuss your child’s health history. After that call, our team will decide which specialists will be best for your child to see for an in-person second opinion appointment.

Meet our second opinion providers for bariatric surgery and weight loss

Our bariatric surgery team is known around the country for their ground-breaking research on bariatric surgery for adolescents and teens. Through their research, we’ve learned that addressing overweight problems earlier can dramatically reduce the risk of getting conditions like of heart disease and diabetes later in life. In addition to our talented surgeons, our nurses and support staff work with each patient before and after surgery to help them along their weight loss journey. For each second opinion, we choose the medical specialist based on your child’s particular symptoms and diagnosis.

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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Why request a second opinion from the Bariatric Surgery Center at Children’s Colorado

Our bariatric surgery team collaborates with experts from lifestyle medicine, pediatric surgery, endocrinology, nutrition and pediatric psychology to form a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. We’ve been performing bariatric surgery for adolescents and teens who are overweight for more than 20 years, supported by a foundation of continuous research.

Our Digestive Health Institute is also ranked No. 1 in the nation among children’s gastroenterology and GI surgery programs by U.S. New & World Report. Our experience, combined with our passion, enable us to provide expert second opinions for your child to ensure they are receiving the very best weight loss treatment.

What specialties or programs offer a second opinion?

We focus on two types of bariatric surgery – vertical sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y bypass surgery — for which we are very well equipped to provide seconds opinions on. However, with our range of experience, we’ve seen virtually every type of condition that can cause overweight issues in children, from genetic diseases to eating disorders and metabolic conditions. Whether or not your child is considering getting a weight loss surgery, we can help with any condition that leads to weight gain.

To learn more about the conditions we treat and our second opinion program, call us at 720-777-5202.

What should I prepare before my second opinion call?

The more information you can provide, the more accurate a diagnosis our experts can make. Complete information about your child’s condition also makes our process more effective. Before your second opinion call, please have the following information or records available:

Diagnosis: Tell us about your child’s diagnosis or suspected diagnosis and treatment plan.
Diets and exercise: What diets or exercise programs have they tried?
Operations: If your child has had surgery, what procedures have they had?
Diagnosing doctor: We’ll need to know the diagnosing doctor’s name, address, phone and fax number.
Child’s age
Your location
Health insurance status and information

Where will my child be seen for their in-person second opinion appointment?

Your child will be seen at the Bariatric Surgery Center located at our hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. If you have any questions or would like more information, call us at 720-777-5202 (then choose option #5).

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