Bariatric Surgery Before and After Stories

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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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A lot of people come to us feeling like they’re trapped in their bodies—like they’ll never be able to lose weight permanently.

That experience can feel very lonely and hopeless. Especially if you’ve tried dieting and exercise before, and lost weight only to regain it. But no matter where you have been or how you have struggled, there is hope for you. You absolutely can lose weight, keep it off, and regain your quality of life.

Bariatric surgery is the powerful weight-loss solution that has helped many of our patients lose 100-200 pounds or even more, keep it off, and reclaim their health. While it is very powerful, it’s not a stand-alone cure, and it’s not a replacement for intentional diet and exercise. Instead, what bariatric surgery does is level the playing field to give you the same opportunity to lose weight as anyone else—it stops your body from fighting against your weight loss efforts.

In conjunction with diet and exercise, bariatric surgery has helped our patients shed the pounds and regain their health and quality of life. You can see our bariatric surgery testimonials, and links to bariatric surgery before and after photos, below:

Bariatric Surgery Testimonials

Bariatric Surgery Before and After: Georgette Camacho

“The best decision I have ever made was to have this surgery. Not only did I improve my health, I have my life back again with my family.” Read the full duodenal switch review.

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Johnetta Hebrlee

“I can only thank Dr. Long and his staff for giving me my life back. I have set some new goals for myself and look forward to walking a 5k and participating in a triathlon.” Read the rest here.

Weight Loss Surgery Testimonial: Lisa and Chris Chesrown

“We were no longer prisoners in our own bodies, we were no longer handicapped by our weight, we were living and moving and feeling better then we had felt in so many years.” Read their heartwarming story here.

Weight Loss Story: Rochelle Goforth

“I feel like I have won the lottery and have been given a second chance in life! March 25, 2014 was the first day of the rest of my new life and I can’t even start to express in words how grateful I am.” Read the rest of this gastric bypass story.

Before and After Bariatric Surgery: Martha Lugo

“Dr. Long took the time to listen to my situation and he allowed me to voice my fears and concerns as well as ask several questions. He treated me like a valuable human being.” Read the full success story here.

My Life Before and After Bariatric Surgery: Colleen White

“Today, 2 years later and 105 pounds less I am a new person. No walker, no cane, no Oxygen. I am completely cured of diabetes and off all those meds.” Read the full moving story.

My Bariatric Surgery Success Story: Rose Martinez

“I am so happy with the results of my bariatric surgery. I am no longer considered diabetic (even my ophthalmologist has confirmed that I am not diabetic). I can exercise more and have more energy. My weight is almost down to a normal BMI. Lots of people are commenting how much better I look. Now all I have to do is get new clothes!” Read the testimonial.

Weight Loss Surgery Before and After: Angie Goodger

“The life changes though have been worth every second. My advice: Stop waiting. Don’t blame yourself. Find a care team you can trust. Play with recipes. Play outside. Find protein you love. Include your friends and loved ones on your journey. Don’t give up.” Read Angie’s full story.

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Keri and Chris Sexton

“We cannot imagine another Doctor or Practice with whom this process could have been so wonderfully orchestrated…. Dr. Long and his staff are the kindest, most loving, and supportive group of individuals we have ever could have met. Each person has contributed to our success, each and every one.” Read Keri and Chris’ full testimonial.

Bariatric Surgery Before and After: Karl Romriell

“I love to work out and go for walks and ride bikes. I went on a 10 mile backpacking trip and felt great, we have run several 5k races and currently looking to run the Bolder Boulder race this Memorial day.” See the full gastric sleeve before and after story here.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right For Me?

Bariatric surgery is not a magical cure or a quick fix. It won’t replace diet and exercise, but we’ll help you design a diet and exercise plan that’s unique to you to help you maximize your weight loss. You are at the center of everything we do and that is why we have your comprehensive care team all in one place working in concert for your benefit.

If you’re committed to a dedicated lifelong journey, then bariatric surgery may be a powerful opportunity for you to lose weight and get a second chance at living the life you’ve always dreamed of living.

Are you interested in bariatric surgery? Most insurances will cover the cost of bariatric surgery, or you can take advantage of our very competitive all-inclusive cash pay option. Get started today!

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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: February 6th, 2021

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