Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery Criteria

Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery Criteria



Weight loss surgery can be a safe and effective option for an adolescent whose obesity has persisted despite all medical efforts, and who is suffering from the complications of obesity.


  • Be at least 14 years of age and nearly through puberty
  • Have a BMI of at least 35 with severe negative health effects, a BMI of greater than 40
  • Have attempted weight loss with diet and medical management for at least six months
  • Express willingness to follow program requirements including all clinical testing and regular appointment follow-up visits
  • Be confirmed by a psychologist or psychiatrist that the child is mature enough to follow through on making life-style changes
  • Complete all pre-surgery tests and health evaluations.  This is usually performed in cooperation with COACH, which is our medical weight loss clinic.  The providers in this clinic can also medically optimize patients with chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, to help each surgical patient have the best surgical outcome possible.  Click here for more information about this service.                                

Candidates who meet the criteria for the surgery must sign an assent form and their legal guardian must sign a consent form.

Weight loss surgery is not appropriate for all adolescents, including those who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant within 12 months; are not mature enough or mentally capable enough to follow through on life-style changes; have certain chronic conditions of the heart, liver or intestines; or who take certain anti-inflammatory medications.

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