Childhood obesity is a complex problem that increases the chances of children becoming overweight or obese as adults. It is a serious illness with serious side effects on physical, psychological and behavioral health including chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, heart disease and depression.
The Children’s Health Bariatric Surgical Center works with adolescents and their families to address the problem of obesity. We identify candidates for weight loss surgery and provide the surgical, medical, nutritional, emotional and social support necessary for adolescents.
We provide a comprehensive management strategy for adolescents and teenagers who are obese. Each patient is managed by a multidisciplinary team that is experienced in the metabolic and psychological needs for patients and their families. The team includes:
Weight loss surgery can be an effective way to reach a healthy weight, reduce the likelihood of chronic diseases and increase one's self-esteem.
Surgical intervention is proven to lead to substantial weight loss in adolescents. When combined with lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery helps obese adolescents reach a healthier weight, increase self-esteem and reduce the likelihood of chronic disease. Our criteria for surgical treatment follow the national guidelines.