Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery


Childhood obesity is a complex problem that increases the chances of children becoming overweight or obese as adults. It can lead to chronic conditions including diabetes, depression, liver and heart disease and shorten life spans by 10 to 20 years.

Surgical intervention is a proven way to provide substantial weight loss in these adolescents. When combined with lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can help adolescents reach a healthier weight, increase self-esteem, and reduce the likelihood of chronic disease.

The Children’s Health Bariatric Surgical Center works with adolescents and their families to address the problem of obesity. We provide the medical, surgical, nutritional, emotional, and social support necessary for successful outcomes for adolescents who are candidates for weight loss surgery. 

Why Children's Health℠?

Dr. Faisal Ghulam Qureshi is a board certified pediatric surgeon, with added qualifications in Critical Care and Bariatric Surgery. Our center works with the Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH) clinic here at Children’s Medical Center, and we provide a comprehensive management strategy to adolescents and teenagers who are obese. Our criteria for surgical treatment follow the national guidelines. We have a team that is capable of long-term follow up of the metabolic and psychological needs of the patient and their families. This team includes the following: Physician Assistant, registered dietitian, social worker, psychologist, and an endocrine medical team.

Facts: Overweight Adolescents

  • Have a 70-80% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults
  • Are more than twice as likely than non-obese adolescents to die prematurely, before age 55
  • More than twice as likely than non-obese adolescents to die prematurely, before age 55, of illness or self-inflicted injury
  • Face a 10-20-year shorter life span and may develop health problems in their twenties that are typically seen in 40-60-year-olds
  • Have medical problems such as obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, severe depression, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, significant hypertension, and an enlarged heart
  • More likely to develop social isolation

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