Bariatric surgery may be appropriate in adolescents to reverse serious life-altering and life-threatening medical conditions. The goal of bariatric surgery is to provide a tool for the patient to utilize to achieve lifelong 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:

  • Be 14 years of age or older and have reached physical and psychological maturity.
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.
  • Have one or more significant obesity-related comorbities including, but not limited to, conditions such as prediabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, fatty liver disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), dyslipidemia and/or pseudotumor cerebri.

Program Overview

Our program is a minimum of 6-9 months of monthly clinic visits and support groups, meaning we will see you every month at our clinic and then once a month at our separate support group meetings. These visits happen before we ever start talking about surgery. We use a multidisciplinary approach to treating our patients, and we review each patient on a case by case basis to determine when they are psychologically and physiologically ready to proceed with surgery.

Your team will consist of a surgeon, pediatric MD, physician’s assistant, dietitian and child psychologist. To accommodate our patient’s and family’s needs, we offer initial new patient appointments with the surgeon in both English and Spanish. Additional language services may be provided via an in-person interpreter or through interpretation services. From scheduling your first visit, all the way to surgery and beyond, we will provide you with the education and support you need. We encourage open communication with our patients and their family members to best help you succeed. This involves creating a partnership with you and the bariatric team. Our program will provide you with all the information needed month by month to get you ready for surgery and to stay on track for the rest of your life.

For more information, please call us at 936-267-7333.

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Our Team

Our Bariatric Surgery team is here to help you and your teen manage his or her journey to health.