Our Bariatric Surgery team is here to help you and your teen manage his or her journey to health.
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 life-long health. Since 2004, Texas Children’s Hospital has performed more than 100 weight-loss 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 team 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, pulmonology, cardiology, endocrinology, psychology, gynecology, anesthesiology and more.
In our program, we believe in open and honest communication at every step of the process between the medical team, patients and their families. Our multidisciplinary team includes the surgeon, a physician assistant, a registered dietitian and a psychologist. Additionally, you will have access to your healthcare team between appointments to address questions and concerns pre and post-operatively.
We believe in a partnership approach (the patient + the healthcare team) to achieve weight loss goals. We will provide knowledge that will empower our patients to prepare for weight loss surgery and to be successful afterwards.
Who may qualify for bariatric surgery?
To be considered for bariatric surgery, patients must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Have reached physical and psychological maturity. Our patients must be 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 one or more significant obesity-related comorbidities, including but not limited to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, psuedotumor cerebri and fatty liver disease
- Have actively attempted to lose weight in a medically supervised program at least two separate times
What types of surgery do Texas Children’s pediatric bariatric surgeons perform?
Our surgeons perform the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, a minimally 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. Gastric lap-banding is not performed at our facility as it is not FDA approved for those under 18 years of age.
Our program includes a minimum of six monthly visits with the team in addition to attending support group once per month. Please keep in mind, that is a minimum time frame and that many of our patients are seen for up to one year, consistently, before they are ready to undergo this life-changing surgery. For more information, please call us at 832-822-4868.
Referral and Insurance
The Adolescent Bariatric Surgery program will only accept referrals from your child's primary care physician or pediatrician. Physicians can refer by:
- Faxing a referral to 832-825-9572 (Attention: Bariatric Surgery Program), in addition to any recent chart notes, labs, and growth charts.
- Online Referral Form
Bariatric surgery for adolescents is covered by some insurance plans. We will assist you in verifying bariatric coverage by your health insurance benefits plan. However, it is important for you to call your insurance company first to ensure that bariatric surgery is covered under the age of 18 years old on your plan. Please contact us at 832-822-4868 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.