• Eligibility for Bariatric Surgery

    At the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, we believe that teens considering  surgery should:

    • Have been unsuccessful with  organized weight loss attempts
    • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more with some obesity-related health problems
    • Be capable of and willing to adhere to all nutritional guidelines postoperatively
    • Be able to demonstrate that they know what surgery is about, including risks and benefits, and that they understand the lifelong commitment to care after the surgery
    • Have a supportive family with realistic expectations about weight loss surgery

    Who is Not a Good Candidate?

    Teens are not good candidates for bariatric surgery if they:

    • Have a  medically correctable cause of obesity
    • Have had a substance abuse problem within the preceding year
    • Have a  medical, psychiatric or cognitive condition that would significantly impair  their ability to adhere to diet, exercise or medication regimens  
    • Are currently breast-feeding, pregnant or planning to become pregnant within two years

    Calculate Your Body Mass Index

    Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. Calculate your body mass index.

  • We evaluate each patient to determine who is a good candidate for weight-loss surgery.

    We evaluate each patient to determine who is a good candidate for weight-loss surgery.

  • General and Thoracic Surgery

    The Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Division features an internationally renowned staff that is ranked second in the nation in the number of surgical procedures performed.

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