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Meet Dr. Joshua Long:
Our Bariatric Surgeon

A nationally renowned and double-board-certified Denver bariatric surgeon, Dr. Long uses a partnership care model with each patient to tailor care to their individual needs. Patients routinely thank Dr. Long for his warm, compassionate bedside manner. He’s considered to be at the top of his field, having performed over 1,000 bariatric surgeries. Peers praise his technical skill, and he has some of the lowest complication rates among bariatric surgeons in the nation. Dr. Long and the staff at the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado consider it an honor to serve every patient with the highest quality of care.

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Dr. Joshua Long


At the BMCC, we realize that bariatric surgery is a commitment. It takes time and dedication. Many of our patients fly in from out of state, which means handling logistical concerns like hotels and finding a place for family to stay.

Our goal is to make the process of bariatric surgery, both before and after, as simple as possible for you and your loved ones. We want to provide strong support to patients at all stages of their journey. With that in mind, we’ve developed a variety of patient resources that make patients’ pre- and post-bariatric surgery lives easier.

Hotel and Family Lodging

There are a number of hotels in the area. The ones that we recommend are listed below. Just ask for the “hospital rate” when you’re making a reservation.

Super 8 Parker
6230 E Pine Lane
Parker, Co  80138

Holiday Inn Parker
19308 Cottonwood Drive
Parker, CO  80138

Hampton Inn and Suites Parker
19010 E Cottonwood Dr.
Parker, CO   80138

Extended Stay America – Park Meadows
8752 S Yosemite Street
Lone Tree, CO  80124

Fairfield Inn and Suites – Southlands
24192 E Prospect Ave
Aurora, CO  80016

What Should I Expect?

Patients should usually plan to stay in the hospital for 1-2 nights after their surgery. We also ask that patients flying in from out of state stay in town for at least 10 days after surgery. Sometimes complications take a few days to appear, and this extra stay—as well as the hospital stay—ensures that our weight loss surgery team is nearby and available to help in the event of any complications or problems.

You should also expect to take about 2 weeks off of work in order to get used to the steady, consistent effort that staying hydrated requires. You can learn more about what to expect on our Pre-Bariatric Surgery Planning page.

Support Groups

We’ve worked to develop a strong set of support groups for you to join. Our support groups meet monthly, and you’ll have the floor to speak to others who have shared your struggle in a positive, nurturing environment. Support groups are an excellent opportunity for patients to share their experience and help each other along, because you’re all walking a similar path. Many patients report that their support group feels like a second family.

We do a number of creative things with our support groups, like guided shopping tours to help you find low-fat high-protein meals to help you lose weight. You can find a list of upcoming events on our bariatric resource page.

Patient Paperwork

Before you come in for your appointment, it’s very important to make sure to fill out your Patient Intake Form (below). If you haven’t filled it out, you won’t be able to come in for your appointment.

Medical Release Form

Before you come in for your appointment, it’s very important to make sure to fill out your Medical Release Form (below). If you haven’t filled it out, you won’t be able to come in for your appointment.

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This page was medically reviewed by Dr. Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS. Dr. Long is a double-board-certified bariatric surgeon and bariatric medical director for Parker Adventist Hospital.
Full Bio: Dr. Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS
Page Updated: April 2nd, 2021

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