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:
- Be 15-18 years old
- 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
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. We are here to help you on your journey. 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 832-822-4868.