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.