Lap Band Surgery at Wellink Surgical Weight Loss Center in Denver, CO
“The lap band: A first step to a healthy lifestyle” reads the website for the Wellink Surgical Weight Loss Center in Denver, Colorado as it welcomes visitors. Their bright and cheerful website inspires hope for patients who have tried unsuccessful weight loss attempts in the past.
More than a one-stop fix-all, the Wellink Surgical Weight Loss Center describes the lap-band surgery as a “catalyst for complete lifestyle change” for their patients. Success stories of patients who have changed their lives abound on the website, like Stephanie Johnson, who, at over 450 pounds, went from hating “being the fattest person in the room” to losing 40% of her weight and feeling she has “been given [her] life back.”
Patients follow a process to ensure maximum results with effective weight loss and lifestyle changes, including care from a psychologist, nutritionist, care coordinator, and a physician assistant. The center embraces holistic patient care, including prioritizing emotional health, positive thinking, and coping techniques for dealing with stress,a common weight loss inhibitor.
Dr. Gerald Kirshenbaum
Surgeon Dr. Gerald Kirshenbaum, MD, MHA, RVT, FACS, boats an impressive 10,000 laparoscopic procedures during his surgical career to date. He is a bariatric surgeon who graduated from Brown University and completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He trained at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA (a Harvard teaching hospital), served in the U.S. Army, and served as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as the American Gastroenterology Association, and he is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Kirshenbaum has performed several revolutionary surgeries, including Colorado’s first laparoscopic cholecytectomy in 1989, first laparoscopic inguinal and ventral hernia repair, and first laparoscopic anti-reflux repair.
To get started, patients can click the "Get Started" link of the website to be contacted by the care coordinator the Wellink Center. The Center’s phone number is (303) 695-1304 and is on the web at lapbandrockies.com.The Wellink Center is located at 1411 S. Potomac, #340, Aurora, CO 80012.
Lap Band Surgery at the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute in Denver, CO
“Why us?” asks the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute in Denver, CO. The answer is clear. The Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute boasts certification as a Center of Excellence with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, a multi-disciplinary program, low rates of complication, bariatric call coverage, a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery surgeon, and over 2,000 procedures completed.
Dr. Thomas Brown
The Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and lap-band procedures as well as revisional bariatric surgery. Surgeon Dr. Thomas Brown, MD, performs 99% of his procedures laparoscopically and is one of the leading laparoscopic surgeons in the Denver area, with over 25 clinical years of surgical experience. He received his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and completed his residency at Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, OH. He was designated a bariatric surgeon of excellence in October 2005. Other team members include a physician’s assistant, social workers, and a dietician.
The website of the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute is clear, and concise, and packed full of information, from free insurance evaluations, to informational videos, to satisfying “firsts” that patients have experienced as a result of their successful weight-loss surgery.
Patients can call 303-861-4505 to schedule a consultation or schedule an appointment online. The Institute is located at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital Professional Plaza East, 1721 East 19th Avenue, Suite #404 Denver, CO 80218 and is on the web at coloradobariatric.com.