New Year Special: FREE UGI and New Patient Consultation!
Preparation for bariatric surgery can be quite an involved process. Knowing your many concerns, we want to make the experience easier and more affordable for you. Now through March 2019, we are offering you a free UGI and consultation with board-certified bariatric surgeon, Dr. Matthew Metz!
A specialist in complex cases, Dr. Metz is a highly sought-after bariatric surgeon in Colorado. As his complication rate is one of the lowest in the region, Dr. Metz has performed well over 2000 successful bariatric surgeries. Your free consultation with Dr. Metz is the perfect way to start your journey toward a healthier you. Combined with a free UGI, these significant savings will help you begin your weight-loss journey without worrying about the expenses.
What is a UGI?
An upper gastrointestinal (UGI) exam is a painless, non-invasive X-ray exam that evaluates the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). An upper GI endoscopy can determine whether there is any evidence of inflammation, ulcers, lesions, infections, reflux (GERD), a hiatal hernia, gastrointestinal diseases, and even gastric cancer.
Additionally, a UGI helps determine which weight management procedure is most appropriate for a given patient. It is also especially beneficial for patients looking for a second opinion in the setting of a previous bariatric surgery.
Why Do I Need a UGI Before Bariatric Surgery?
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), patients with clinically significant gastrointestinal symptoms should receive imaging examinations (such as a UGI) before bariatric surgery. Obesity is a risk factor for many health conditions that can be diagnosed with imaging examinations. Your UGI could determine whether additional treatments, adjustments to surgical technique, or surgical delays are necessary for the most optimal outcome.
What If I Don’t Have Any Symptoms?
Studies show that gastrointestinal symptoms are not always present in patients with upper GI problems. One study found that an astonishing 80 percent of patients did not experience any symptoms, yet their UGIs revealed conditions requiring medical attention. For one bariatric patient who had no unusual complaints, a UGI discovered gastric cancer. Screening to identify any abnormalities is one of the best ways to determine whether your body is healthy and prepared for bariatric surgery.
How Will a UGI Help Me?
A UGI could expose conditions that should be treated before bariatric surgery to ensure the best results. It may also reveal conditions for which the bariatric surgery technique should be adjusted. But even if it does not change your surgical approach, preoperative UGI screening will ensure that you receive a complete work-out with treatment for any existing conditions that could affect your bariatric surgery results and long-term health. As an example, another study of 560 patients found that patients who received H. pylori screening (UGI) and treatment beforehand had a lower rate of marginal ulcers after their weight loss surgery than patients who did not receive screening.
How Do I Get My Free UGI?
A UGI is clearly a vital part of determining gastric health before bariatric surgery. However, this exam can be expensive. The last thing that we want is for you to forgo a critical examination that could significantly impact your health before bariatric surgery!
All new patients who schedule a consultation between now and March 2019 can receive a FREE UGI and FREE new patient consultation with Dr. Metz. Contact us online or call (720) 851-1610 to request your free consultation today.
Schedule Your FREE UGI Exam
Do you have any questions about the UGI exam or bariatric surgery? Please feel free to contact using the form below. We would love to schedule you a completely free consultation for bariatric surgery which includes a FREE UGI exam.