Why Choose the Bariatric Surgery Center at Swedish?

Proven Weight-Loss Surgery Success

The average length of stay at Swedish after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery is 2.3 days compared to the national average of 3.4 days. Our team works hard to make sure that each patient receives the most advanced surgery, which often means the use of laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery techniques, as well as the best possible patient care. Learn more about the bariatric procedures we perform at Swedish>>

Trusted Denver Weight-Loss Surgeon

Swedish’s Rick Tillquist, MD, of Colorado Bariatric Surgery is an experienced bariatric surgeon who has been performing the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the Lap® Band & Realize® Band and the sleeve gastrectomy procedures for more than 18 years. Dr. Tillquist successfully helps bariatric surgery patients throughout Denver and Colorado meet their weight-loss goals by providing a comprehensive program that includes surgery, as well as support and patient education.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence at SwedishSwedish's Bariatric Surgery Center has earned the "Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence" designation from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. This is the highest designation awarded! Programs are awarded a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation when they can demonstrate:

  • A history of good patient results or outcomes for weight-loss surgery
  • A clear commitment to comprehensive, high-quality bariatric care

Swedish is honored to receive this designation and we continue to improve our weight-loss surgery program and patient results, with the goal of providing the best bariatric care possible.

Comprehensive Care in a Dedicated Unit

Not all hospitals are equipped to handle the specific needs of obese patients, but at Swedish Medical Center, you'll find an entire medical team and a dedicated hospital unit (8th floor) focused exclusively on providing groundbreaking weight-loss procedures and the appropriate care. Here, our staff undergoes continuous education to remain up-to-date on the latest weight-loss treatments and patient needs.