Teens and Adolescents
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, the following guidelines should be considered for weight loss surgery in adolescence:
•Have failed non surgical weight loss.
•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 your operation
•Demonstrate the ability to make sound decisions
•Have a supportive family environment.