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Bariatric surgery (weight-loss surgery) is a treatment for severe obesity in which specialists modify the stomach and its connections to help teens lose weight. For severely obese adolescents, who haven’t had success with behavioral and nutritional approaches to weight loss, bariatric surgery is another effective tool for weight management. This tool, however, should be used only when other non-operative approaches have failed to achieve lasting results.
We evaluate each patient to determine who is a good candidate for weight-loss surgery. Learn more about eligibility.
Due to the minimally invasive nature of weight-loss surgery − using small incisions and sophisticated instruments − the average hospital stay for teens undergoing gastric bypass surgery is only two to three days, and many patients will return to school or work within two weeks.
The Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens (SWLPT) team helps teens and their families adopt the behavioral and lifestyle changes that are needed for lifelong successful weight management. They also offer guidance and counseling after surgery by scheduling regular post-operative consultation visits, support group meetings and annual SWLPT events.
We provide patients and families with a variety of internal and external resources, including an audio file radio segment about childhood obesity.
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