Teens and Adolescents
Obesity is a treatable medical condition that is important to address because it is linked to many life-threatening yet preventable health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
For teenagers, obesity brings significant challenges, and it has been found to increase the risk of these serious long-term health problems.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, the following guidelines should be considered for weight loss surgery in adolescents:
- Have failed multiple attempts to lose weight via supervised dietary, behavioral and medical therapies.
- Have attained or nearly attained physiologic or skeletal maturity. This generally occurs at age 13 or older for girls and at age 15 or older for boys.
- Be severely obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40, with serious obesity-related problems.
- Be committed to comprehensive medical and psychological evaluations that should occur before and after surgery.
- Be capable of and willing to adhere to a strict bariatric surgery nutrition program following the operation.
- Demonstrate the ability to make sound decisions.
- Have a supportive family environment.
Insurance companies may have additional criteria: we strongly recommend checking with your insurance company regarding their requirements.