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:
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:
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