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:

  1. Have failed multiple attempts to lose weight via supervised dietary, behavioral and medical therapies.
  2. 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.
  3. Be severely obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40, with serious obesity-related problems.
  4. Be committed to comprehensive medical and psychological evaluations that should occur before and after surgery.
  5. Be capable of and willing to adhere to a strict bariatric surgery nutrition program following the operation.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to make sound decisions.
  7. Have a supportive family environment.

Insurance companies may have additional criteria: we strongly recommend checking with your insurance company regarding their requirements.