• About Us

  • The Penrose-St. Francis Weight Loss Surgery Institute is the only accredited surgical weight loss program in southern Colorado by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This distinction recognizes surgeons and programs who have demonstrated a record of outstanding outcomes in bariatric surgery. Our comprehensive program and team of experienced specialists provide our patients with the dedicated resources they need for their long-term weight loss success, and improved quality of life.

    Our surgeons have more than 25 years experience and have performed over 4,000 bariatric procedures. Our 360-degree approach to nutrition, exercise, counseling and education will help you succeed long after your weight loss surgery is finished and your new life begins!

    Losing weight can be a challenge, but it isn’t hopeless. Bariatric weight loss surgery may be the extra help you need to get to a healthier weight. 


    Bariatric HealthGrades 2014



    Southern Colorado's only Five-Star Recipient for Bariatric Surgery in 2013 and 2014 by Healthgrades




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    The Penrose-St. Francis Weight Loss Surgery Institute in Colorado Springs is the only Accredited Center in southern Colorado by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.


    The Penrose-St. Francis Bariatric Surgery Program has received a Centers of Excellence designation from OptumHealth. OptumHealth evaulates each medical center annually on specific measures, which include:
    •Volumes and outcomes of procedures
    •Demonstration of best-practice medicine
    •Quality of relationships with referring physicians and payers
    •The makeup and stability of the program team
    •Clinical research and results
    •Program depth and breadth
    •Treatment planning and coordination
    •Quality of patient/family-oriented services
    •Proof of a multidisciplinary approach to health care

    Benefits of bariatric weight loss surgery include:

    • Improvements or elimination of obesity-related medical conditions including:
      • Diabetes
      • Severe arthritis
      • Obstructive sleep apnea
      • High blood pressure
    • Improved quality of life - about 95% of people report this after weight loss surgery. Some studies also suggest people live longer after weight loss surgery, compared to equally obese people who do not have surgery.
    • Reduction in the incidence of Type II diabetes by 83%
    • Average loss of 50-65% of excess body weight


    A physician referral is not required. Most insurance companies including Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare provide benefits for bariatric surgery.