Rose Medical Center is First to Offer Teens Lap Band Surgery in Colorado

Denver, Colorado (PressExposure) October 07, 2011 -- Childhood obesity in the United States has risen sharply in recent years, with 16 to 33 percent of children and adolescents now considered obese. Operations involving Gastric bypass in Colorado have also been on the rise. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise. Many who have been unable to maintain or reduce their risk through lifestyle modifications alone are looking to bariatric surgery.

That's why the Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose, one of the top Colorado lap band providers, recently launched the Teen Obesity Weight Loss Program, the first of its kind in Colorado. The Denver center has developed a comprehensive medical and surgical program that provides nutrition, exercise and psychological counseling, with the goal of giving teens the skills they need to reach and maintain a healthy weight for life.

"This program's main goal is to improve the health of young people who need help," said Dr. Michael A. Snyder, medical director for the Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose. "This isn't just about having surgery, and it's not some quick fix. Teens and their families go through months of counseling and classes before any surgical options are considered."

The Teen Obesity Weight Loss Program is a comprehensive, medical weight loss management program available for any young person wanting to improve weight and overall health. Tthe medical management team at Rose is accredited in bariatric surgery and licensed to perform the gastric sleeve in Colorado.

"Being a teenager is never easy. Being a teenager in high school who's had bariatric surgery isn't easy, either, but going through high school overweight is a nightmare," said Dr. Snyder. "We want to help these kids. We want to improve their health, extend their lives, and boost their self-esteem at the same time. That's why this program is so important."

The program's team includes a pediatrician, a nutritionist, an exercise therapist, all of whom have experience with patients receiving the gastric sleeve in Colorado, as well as a psychology group with vast pediatric experience. The program also partners with pediatric specialists in pulmonary medicine, cardiac medicine and endocrinology, who can provide any specialized care the patient may need.

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The Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose, in Denver, Colorado, has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. The experienced team of bariatric surgeons and nursing staff is committed to providing patients and their families with the most sensitive and safe care anywhere in the Rocky Mountain region.

About Rose Medical Center

Well known as a Denver institution and a 9th Avenue landmark for 60 years, Rose Medical Center has earned its reputation as Denver's "Baby Hospital" while becoming a leader in comprehensive women's, surgical and endoscopy services, heart and vascular, orthopedics, total joint replacement, bariatrics, and sports, internal and aesthetic medicine. With origins in Jewish teachings, traditions and community, Rose's founders built this hospital to "serve the need of every creed." By offering a high level of expertise and service across all disciplines, Rose has truly become a destination hospital, attracting patients from throughout Colorado and around the world. Learn more at

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Press Release Submitted On: October 07, 2011 at 3:55 pm
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