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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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Why Do I Struggle With My Weight?

Have you ever felt trapped by your body or your failing health? When you’re struggling with your weight, losing weight and keeping it off can seem almost impossible. For most people it’s not simply a matter of willpower or just sticking to a diet and exercise regime. Your body actively resists weight loss, and when you finally do lose weight, your body works overtime to put it back on. This represents a powerful current carrying you in the wrong direction; it’s why so many people feel trapped in their bodies and current state of health.

Before weight loss surgery, bariatric patients often describe weight loss as climbing up a sheer mountain without a rope. After struggling to lose 20 or 30 pounds, they fall back down. The fact is that most severely overweight people struggle to lose weight even with a strict diet and exercise regime. Studies have shown that conventional tactics like consuming fewer calories or exercising rarely translates into lasting results for severely overweight patients.

Your Body’s Fighting to Keep Weight On

Often as people gain weight, leptin—a hormone responsible for suppressing food intake—becomes desensitized, which means it takes more food to feel full. This desensitization persists even after you switch to a healthier diet, meaning that you’ll continue to feel unsatisfied with normal amounts of food. Additionally, after initial weight loss, your body enters ‘starvation mode’ where it believes that it needs to retain the remaining weight to survive, drastically slowing your metabolism and ending weight loss.

The other problem is that most severely overweight people who lose weight through diet and exercise end up gradually regaining it. Again, the reason is that, after you lose weight, even when you’re on a healthy diet, your body believes that it’s starving because of the weight loss. It pumps out hormones designed to make you hungrier, and reduces your metabolism so that you begin to gain weight again. Between 80% and 95% of severely overweight patients who lose weight regain their weight within just a few years.

It’s Not About Willpower

This means that, if you’ve tried to lose weight and failed, you’re not alone. It’s not a matter of insufficient willpower or dieting—it’s a matter of biology. Weight loss surgery can be the powerful tool that you need to level your playing field, reverse this biological trap, and give you a meaningful opportunity at lasting weight loss.

Bariatric Surgery Can Help

Bariatric surgery has helped thousands of patients to lose weight and keep it off, because bariatric surgery can reduce how much patients need to eat in order to feel full*. Using several elements, weight loss surgery, short-circuits the body’s natural tendency to regain weight. The stomach naturally fills up more quickly, restricting your food intake.

This enables weight loss surgery patients to not only lose weight but also to keep it off for many years*. Nationally, 80% of bariatric surgery patients lose over half of their unwanted weight and keep that weight off long-term. When committing to the full process, our patients far exceed these numbers*.

You Are Not Alone

You may feel alone in your struggle with weight loss, but thousands of people have walked through your struggles to emerge victorious. In addition to our team’s lifelong commitment to your clinical care, we have developed an interactive family of patients who enjoy supporting each other through our monthly support groups. This venue can serve as an unbelievable resource to you. It can provide nurturing motivation and encouragement when you need it most during your weight loss journey.

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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.
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Page Updated: February 6th, 2021

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