Procedure

Adolescent Surgery

Obesity and your child

Obesity impacts children in a variety of ways. First and foremost, a child’s health is impacted as they have now opened themselves up to a wide variety of health issues – issues that most of us didn’t experience until middle-age. In addition to health implications, there’s also one other area that children face, which can be very serious – weight bias and bullying.

For some children and teenagers suffering from obesity, the solution is beyond the scope of diet and exercise.

Surgery for obesity in adolescents

Current data shows that bariatric surgery for adolescents is as safe and effective as bariatric surgery for adults.

When an adolescent is first examined, you can expect a thorough evaluation detailing the adolescents food intake, physical activity level, blood work and more. Once you, your child and our bariatric team have gathered this information, we can then begin to discuss treatment options.

The most common procedures performed are the gastric band and the gastric sleeve.

Changes

You can expect his/her weight to be in a healthy range.

Type 2 Diabetes
Adolescents with diabetes are at increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and liver disease.

Can be reduced or eliminated.

Sleep Apnea
22% of obese adolescents have it; It is characterized for abnormal breathing pauses while asleep. It causes fatigue, moodiness and difficulty concentrating and completing tasks.

Can be reduced or eliminated.

Fatty liver disease
38% of obese adolescents have it. 

Can be reduced or eliminated.

Cardiovascular disease
Studies suggest that childhood obesity can cause 
adult heart disease.

Is prevented.

Depression
Teens who undergo weight loss surgery improve self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.

Eliminated.

Risks

All surgical procedures have risks. Adolescents have the same risk as adults.

Undergoing bariatric procedure at an early age decreases the risk of long-term complications of obesity.

Life Changes

Follow-up visits (first year free) are important because teenagers are growing and require nutrition monitoring.

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Highlights

A multidisciplinary support team increases chances of long-term success.

  • Surgeon (specialist in bariatric surgery and experienced in adolescent procedures)

  • Doctor specialized in bariatric nutrition.

  • Psychiatrist (with experience in eating disorders and obesity); our psychologist considers the cognitive, social and emotional development of your child to ensure success in dealing with changes and necessary sacrifices.

  • Fitness trainer.

Bariatric surgery is a great tool to reach a healthy weight and make the necessary lifestyle changes to keep it.

Dr. Rumbaut has extensive experience helping adolescent patients reach their goals.

Who is a candidate?

Adolescents with obesity related diseases and a BMI greater or equal to 30.

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How much does adolescents surgery cost?

The cost depends on the adolescent´s individual case. A diagnosis and quote are made after the first phone call with Dr. Rumbaut.

You will also:

  • Know if your child is a candidate for surgery

  • Dr. Rumbaut will answer your questions

  • He will recommend a procedure for your child

  • Final quote and financing information from our administration team

  • If your child can´t lose weight through diet and exercise, has insulin problems, diabetes or hypertension, bariatric surgery can improve his/her life.

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