Happy New Year!  All of us at CBSI hope 2017 proves to be prosperous and healthy for each you! The new year always brings with it a time for personal change and commitment. For many who year after year have tried to lose weight through diets, let 2017 be the year for successful weight-loss surgery. And, you can choose the technically advanced, robotic weight-loss surgery in 2017. I will quickly review for you who is a candidate for surgery and then provide a brief summary of the procedures.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement used to evaluate who is a candidate for weight-loss surgery. A BMI of 20-25 is considered to be ideal body weight. Class 1 obesity is a BMI of 30-35. The indication for weight-loss surgery for people with Class 1 obesity is poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. Gastric bypass for this group will put their diabetes into remission about 80% of the time. Class 2 obesity is a BMI of 35-40. Surgery is indicated for anyone with Class 2 obesity and with any major co-morbidity such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. Class 3 obesity is anyone with a BMI over 40. Surgery is indicated for anyone with a BMI > 40, even without any obesity-related co-morbidities. It is important that people try diet and exercise first before contemplating surgery. Diet and exercise regimens work for only a few, so make sure it won’t work for you before you consider surgery.

The two most common weight -loss surgeries today are the sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass. Both lead to very good weight loss and resolution of high blood pressure and sleep apnea. The gastric bypass is superior to the sleeve for getting type 2 diabetes into remission. Both have a low incidence of complications and are safe and effective when performed by an experienced bariatric surgeon. At CBSI we have an added bonus, as we are performing these bariatric procedures robotically, utilizing a technology that is more advanced and provides tangible benefits to the patient. Robotic bariatric surgery not only allows the surgeon better visualization, but the patient has less pain and bleeding, and generally a shorter hospital stay.

Here are the links to the videos for both the robotic sleeve gastrectomy and robotic gastric bypass done with the DiVinci Xi Robot. Please take a look. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or have questions regarding bariatric robotic surgery, please call Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute at 303-861-4505 or visit our website to view a digital informational seminar. We are here to help you achieve your long-term weight-loss goals and a healthier you!


Dr. Tom Brown

Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute

Denver, Colorado