Teen Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Qualifications

Weight loss surgery is a good option for teens who have been unsuccessful with non-surgical methods of weight loss and who meet the program requirements. They are:

  • Age 15-17
  • BMI > 35 with a major co-morbidity such as type 2 diabetes, moderate to severe sleep apnea, etc.
  • BMI > 40 with other co-morbidities such as hypertension, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, substantially impaired quality of life, elevated cholesterol or sleep apnea.
  • Reached physical maturity.
  • Participation in a six month supervised program to include monthly visits with the dietitian, adolescent psychologist and exercise specialist.
  • Demonstrate commitment to program requirements.
  • Adolescent must be able to provide informed decision/assent (possesses cognitive, social and emotional development).
  • Must have supportive and committed family environment.

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