• Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery

    Bariatric surgery may be appropriate in adolescents to reverse serious life-altering and life-threatening medical conditions and to put them on the path to lifelong health. Since 2004, Texas Children’s Hospital has performed over 100 weight-control surgeries, with positive outcomes including greater than 50% excess weight loss in one year and improvement in our patients’ overall health profile.

    How we're different

    At Texas Children's Hospital, a multidisciplinary board of physicians, surgeons and medical professionals collaborate in recommending the best medical option for each individual patient. They offer expertise in the areas of gastroenterology, pulmonary, cardiology, endocrine, psychology, gynecology, anesthesia, and more.
    We strive to ensure the relationship between professional staff and patients is supportive and individualized. Our program includes a 10-year commitment to ongoing, comprehensive care, including nutritional and psychological support.

    Who may qualify for bariatric surgery?

    To be considered for bariatic surgery, patients must meet the following minimum criteria:

    • Have reached physical and psychological maturity. Adolescents must have finished growing and be mature enough to understand the benefits and risks of this treatment direction
    • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
    • Have significant obesity-related co-morbidity, including but not limited to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, joint disease and fatty liver disease
    • Have actively attempted medically supervised weight loss

    What types of surgery do Texas Children’s pediatric bariatric surgeons perform?

    Our surgeons perform the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, a less-invasive procedure known for its reliable results for improved health and its greater success at achieving long-lasting weight loss. Vertical sleeve gastrectomy may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Currently, the lap band is not approved in patients less than 18 years of age.

    Referral and insurance

    Adolescent bariatric surgery accepts self-referrals, but we prefer that you work with your child's primary care physician to obtain a referral. Physicians can refer by faxing a referral to 832-825-3135. Patients can self-refer by calling 832-822-4868.

    Bariatric surgery for adolescents is covered by some insurance plans. Our nurse case manager will assist you in verifying bariatric coverage by your health insurance benefits plan. Please contact us at 832-822-4868 for additional information.

    Find out more

    Frequently asked questions
    Available bariatric support groups 

    Bariatric SurgeonsMary L. Brandt, MD
    Vadim Sherman, MD
    Nurse Case ManagerNatoya Caston, RN
    Program CoordinatorKari Turybury, MS, RD, LD
    Senior Research CoordinatorMargaret Lee, MPH
    Research CoordinatorDavid Allen
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