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.
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 bariatric 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 comorbidity, including but not limited to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, psuedotumor cerebri 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 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.
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, attention Bariatric Surgery Program. Patients can self refer by calling 832-822-4868.
Bariatric surgery for adolescents is covered by some insurance plans. We will assist you in verifying bariatric coverage by your health insurance benefits plan. Please contact us at 832-822-4868 for additional information.