Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

Childhood obesity is a significant problem for today’s youth, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that numbers have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

Childhood obesity is a significant problem for today’s youth, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that numbers have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

According to the CDC, children and adolescents who are obese are much more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or pre-diabetes, sleep apnea, joint problems and psychological problems, and are more likely to be obese as adults. In a study published in the January 2009 issue of Pediatrics, teens who had gastric bypass surgery showed dramatic, often immediate, remission of type 2 diabetes post-surgery.

Bariatric programs  should follow the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics and MBSAQIP for adolescents under consideration for weight loss surgery, which include requirements that patients should:

  • Have failed six or more months of organized attempts at weight management. This should be determined with the assistance of a physician.
  • 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; or have a BMI of greater than 50 with less severe obesity-related problems.

“The recent designation confirms the hospital’s commitment to patients undergoing weight-loss surgery,” said David Provost, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., of Provost Bariatric Surgery. “This is a viable treatment option for a select group of patients, and is one part of an overall treatment plan that includes many different facets of support including medical and psychological follow-up.”

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3 Responses to “Adolescent Bariatric Surgery”

  1. Scot Morris MD July 10, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    Does Texas Medicaid cover bariatric surgery for Adolscents meeting the criteria?

  2. ronalee cochran October 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    Hello,
    I was wondering if there were any preventative childhood obesity programs in Denton county that you could direct me to. Thanks

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