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Bariatric surgery works by modifying the stomach and its connections to help teens lose weight. By modifying the stomach, this reduces the amount of food needed to feel full.
Teens and their parents must be willing to follow healthcare providers' recommendations before and after surgery. This includes committing to lifestyle changes that will help your teen remain healthy and keep the weight off for life. It also includes regular follow-up visits after surgery.
At the Bariatric Surgery Center at Children's Hospital Colorado, we currently offer two procedures. These include the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB).
Our team carefully evaluates each patient to determine if they are a good candidate for surgery. The following are the general criteria for bariatric surgery:
BMI is calculated using your teen's weight and height. You can determine your teen's BMI using the CDC's BMI Percentile Calculator.
Some teens are not good candidates for bariatric surgery. Your teen may not be a good candidate if they have any of the following:
The amount of weight your teen will lose depends on several factors. Some of these include your teen's starting weight, health issues, and ability to commit to dietary and lifestyle recommendations. Most teens can expect to lose on average 26%-28% of their body weight. For example, a teen who weighs 350 pounds can expect to lose about 95 pounds.
Bariatric surgery may help to reverse certain obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, abnormal kidney function, prediabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It can also have a positive impact on weight-related quality of life.
Our Bariatric Surgery Center is committed to providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary obesity treatment for your teen. Your teen will need a thorough medical work-up to ensure they are a good candidate for surgery.
We take the time that's needed to prepare teens for the procedure and set them up to succeed after surgery and for life. We'll evaluate your teen to ensure that they are physically and emotionally ready for surgery. We'll also evaluate whether your teen can commit to the responsibilities that are required before and after surgery.
Here is what your teen can expect at their initial visit with our Bariatric Surgery team:
To learn more about our program, contact us at 720-777-5202.