Children's Hospital Colorado
Bariatric Surgery Center

Bariatric Surgery Center

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.

28% Average weight loss
95% Remission rate of type 2 diabetes
350+ Surgeries performed by Dr. Inge

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.

Our team is led by Thomas H. Inge, MD, the leading bariatric surgeon in the U.S. for the surgical treatment of adolescent obesity. Dr. Inge has been performing bariatric surgeries since 2001 and has pioneered the surgical standard for adolescent bariatric surgery. Dr. Inge leads the multicenter Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium, the largest and longest term study of surgical treatment of adolescent obesity.

Learn about our bariatric surgery research
Jessika and her mom listen to Mona's mom talk about Mona's bariatric surgery experience

The Connection Journey: A Journey to Wellness

Bariatric surgery can prompt a lot of concerns and questions. That's why we connected a new bariatric patient with a family who's been through it. Learn from Mona as she discusses with Jessika the decision to have bariatric surgery, as well as recovery and life after surgery.

Watch their journeys

Contact us

Contact us at 720-777-5202 or

Referring providers can fill out a Bariatric Surgery Center Referral Guidelines and send it to

Children's Colorado in the news

U.S. News & World Report

Gastric Surgery Bypass Holds Hope for Teens

May 16, 2019

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that adolescents who undergo gastric bypass surgery have outcomes equal to or better than adults with the same treatment. Dr. Thomas Inge, Director of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at Children's Colorado, was the lead author on the study.

Radio Health Journal

Last Chance for Weight Loss: Bariatric Surgery in Teenagers

May 7, 2017

Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, chief of pediatric surgery and director of adolescent bariatric surgery, was interviewed on teenage obesity and bariatric surgery. "One of the risks that I'm increasingly telling people about is the risk of doing nothing. That's a sobering message on the one hand, and it's a call to action on the other hand," said Inge.


Managing Childhood Obesity Requires Commitments from Family, Community, Public Policy

April 3, 2017

"For teenagers, in particular, the lifestyle interventions and even drug treatment have not been great, and most of the evidence for adolescents [suggests] that there is not good treatment that allows a teenager who has gained considerable extra weight to actually reverse it," said Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, director of Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.