Bariatric Surgery

Our Philosophy

Bariatric Surgery is a service offered as a last resort for severely overweight teenagers who have attempted weight management programs and not reached a healthy weight.

To be considered for surgery teens must:

  1. Be physically mature - completed pubertal development.
  2. Actively participate in at least 6 consecutive months of medically supervised weight loss.
  3. Have a diagnosed health problem related to being overweight, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.
  4. Be emotionally mature and show evidence of ability to care for oneself and adhere to medical recommendations.
  5. Have no evidence of psychological difficulties that would interfere with ability to care for their self after surgery.
  6. Have an available and accessible support system to assist with needs pre and post surgery.

Bariatric surgery, like any other surgery is a serious decision and requires thoughtful planning and preparation by the teenager, his/her family, and medical professionals. Like many other quality weight management centers, our guiding principle is that bariatric surgery for teens should not occur in isolation, but in an environment that meets the unique physical, medical, behavioral, psychosocial and emotional needs of adolescents and their families.


The Children's Center for Weight Management provides the following services in conjunction with surgery:

  • Thorough medical evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Surgical consultation and evaluation
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Nutritional counseling & behavioral weight management guidelines Supervised exercise programs
  • Encouragement and emotional support
  • Long-term follow-up, including medical, physical, nutritional and metabolic evaluation

Bariatric surgery alone does not cure obesity; it's only a tool. When bariatric surgery is used correctly, it can result in the lifelong loss of more than half of excess body weight and the improvement or disappearance of many obesity-related diseases.

"The First wealth is health."—Ralph Waldo Emerson