Surgical Weight Loss for Teens
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As the premiere surgical weight loss program especially tailored for adolescents, our team recognizes the unique needs and significant impact that obesity can have on the life of a teen. Since 2001, more than 250 bariatric surgical procedures have been performed. Led by Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS and Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, MS, the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens (SWLPT) continues to provide the most current and sophisticated pre and post-operative treatment and education. Our outstanding multidisciplinary clinical team — combined with the National Institute of Health funded study, the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery— allows SWLPT to provide consistent best-care practices.

We understand that choosing to have weight loss surgery is a difficult and life-changing decision. SWLPT patients are provided extensive, individualized assessments and preoperative pathways prior to moving forward with surgery. During the required preoperative pathway, our team of experts deliver the research based education and support bariatric patients need in determining if weight loss surgery is the right decision.

Our comprehensive program includes long term after care and support. Patients and their families are counseled and closely followed within a clinical setting, which is designed to meet the psychosocial, emotional, & medical needs of individual patients. It is our sincere hope that SWLPT patients and their families adopt the behavioral and lifestyle changes that are needed for successful, lifelong weight management.

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