Adolescent Bariatric Surgery 

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:

  • Pediatricians
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Bariatric coordinators
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Registered dietitians 

Our specialists will work together to address the different causes and effects of obesity.

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 program

Northwestern Medicine pediatrics helping to maintain weight in teensOur 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.




To schedule an appointment with the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, call 630.933.5704.

When it comes to diagnosing and treating your infant, child or adolescent’s medical condition, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital1 offers the kind of care every parent hopes for in a location that’s close to home, including:

  • A comprehensive range of nationally recognized specialty care
  • Convenient access to more than 150 pediatric specialists at Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital and the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center3
  • The latest advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies

In addition, the CDH Pediatric Emergency Department is IDPH Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) and is designated by the State of Illinois as a Level II Trauma Center.



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Legal Information
1

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

2

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.

3

The physicians who practice at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.

4
Koebnick, C. et al. Prevalence of extreme obesity in a multiethnic cohort of children and adolescents. J. Pediatr. 2010; 157:26-31e22.
5
Treadwell, et al. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Bariatric Surgery for Pediatric obesity. Annals of Surgery; volume 248, number 5, November 2008.