Considering Bariatric Surgery?
Our teen weight-loss surgery program combines the expertise of highly trained minimally invasive surgeons with experts in nutrition, pediatrics, endocrinology, cardiology, exercise physiology, psychology, social work, nursing, and clinical and basic research. To help you through the process, we offer online resources to help you make a confident, informed decision with your family.
Our comprehensive program includes long-term after care and emotional support. Patients and their families are counseled and closely followed within a clinical setting, which is designed to meet the psychosocial, emotional and medical needs of overweight adolescents.
The guiding principle of the Surgical Weight Loss Surgery Program for Teens is that bariatric surgery for adolescents and teens should not occur in isolation. It should happen in an environment that meets the unique physical, medical, behavioral, psycho-social and emotional needs of adolescents and their families. When surgery is planned, teens and parents are counseled by bariatric surgeons, a bariatric physician, nurse and dietitian in multiple settings. We also require that all prospective surgery patients undergo an interview by our psychologist.
Our outstanding clinical treatment program — combined with a world-class adolescent bariatric research program — allows us to remain on the cutting edge. We are able to bring the most current and sophisticated understanding of the art and science of weight-loss surgery to bear on the health problems facing our patients.
Our surgical director is Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS, and our medical director is Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, MS.