Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital1 offers a program for teens and young adults struggling with severe obesity and that have been unsuccessful with medically managed weight loss.
Childhood obesity is a growing problem and may present long-term threats to your child’s health. For severely obese adolescents who meet strict criteria, bariatric surgery may be the appropriate solution for weight loss.
The Adolescent Bariatric Program offers surgical options for select patients who meet strict criteria. Common qualifications for adolescent bariatric surgery are:
- BMI in the 95th percentile or greater
- Failure of supervised medical weight loss program
- Obesity-related medical conditions
- Compliance with rigorous postoperative dietary, exercise and medical guidelines
- Child understands and agrees with the procedure
Patients may be ineligible on account of:
- Active substance abuse problem (including smoking)
- Medical, cognitive, or psychiatric disability that prevents adherence to program
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding, or plan for pregnancy within 1 year
- Inability or unwillingness of patient or family to understand and support procedure
Multidisciplinary team approach
Our specialized multidisciplinary team provides medical and surgical care and focuses on the unique medical, behavioral, nutritional and psychological needs of each patient.
Our team2 includes:
- Pediatric surgeons
- Bariatric coordinators
- Physical therapists
- Social workers
- Registered dietitians
Our specialists will work together to address the different causes and effects of obesity.
The obesity rate in children is rapidly rising, reaching close to 18 percent. In the United States, 1 to 2 percent of children are morbidly obese4. Teens struggling with weight management can suffer psychologically as well. Participation in a pediatric wellness program can help your child form healthy habits for body and mind early in life.
Almost 90 percent of obese adolescents grow up to be morbidly or severely obese, resulting in higher risk of type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, kidney disease, episodic migraine, and liver and gallbladder disease. Left unmanaged, obesity can also cause cardiovascular, orthopaedic, fertility and pregnancy problems.
Obesity is associated with poor school performance, less advanced education, lower rates of marriage and higher rates of poverty.5
When medical and behavioral weight loss programs have proved unsuccessful for severely obese teenagers, bariatric surgery may be the most effective treatment, resolving over 80 percent of weight-related health issues.
Our multidisciplinary team focuses on the unique medical, behavioral, nutritional and psychological needs of each patient.
During the first appointment, the bariatric coordinator and surgeon will complete a thorough medical history and evaluation. They will discuss the program requirements, surgical options, risks, and outcomes of surgery. Pre-operative testing required for surgery will also be discussed.
Initial goals for behavior change and weight management will also be identified. You will meet with our bariatric dietitian, who will evaluate the eating habits of both your child and the family as a whole. Our dietitian will provide education on making good food choices and make recommendations to maximize success in the program.
Our pediatric physical therapist evaluates patients who have pain or difficulty exercising. They will provide therapeutic exercises and help tailor a home exercise program.
The social worker and psychologist can help families better manage stress, behavior change and address mental health issues. They also identify needs and connect families to resources. The initial consultation typically lasts about three hours—please plan accordingly.