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Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, an internationally recognized expert in child obesity prevention at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, is serving as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Read More »

Bariatric Surgery

Making a serious commitment to a doctor-approved diet and exercise plan can be all that’s necessary to shed excess pounds and avoid obesity-related complications. But when regular weight loss attempts have failed and medical problems persist, bariatric surgery or “weight loss surgery” might be an option. At Nemours, we offer a bariatric surgery program for teens who are severely obese.

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What to Expect With Bariatric Surgery

Teen bariatric surgery relies on the gastric banding (or Lap-Band) technique. This minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery involves placing an adjustable silicone device at the very top of your child’s stomach to create a small pouch. This pouch reduces the size of the stomach and decreases the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten.

The band can also be tightened or loosened to increase or decrease weight loss, and it can also be removed entirely, if desired.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, we offer comprehensive care to those who qualify for our bariatric surgery program for severe obesity. Also, all children who undergo surgery will be enrolled in an FDA study of the safety and efficacy of the Lap-Band procedure in adolescents.

How Do I Know if My Child Is a Candidate?

Children must be at least 14 years old and 100 pounds overweight to be considered for surgery.

But our team will also consider other things as well, such as your child’s overall health and emotional maturity. Our team consists of a surgeon experienced in all aspects of laparoscopic gastric banding, as well as a pediatrician, gastroenterologist, psychologist, nutritionist, and exercise physiologist.

In order for the surgery to be successful, your family must be fully involved in the decision-making process as well as in the follow-up care. Long-term care — which typically includes medical screenings, education about nutrition and exercise, and access to psychological resources — are all provided in a supportive, teen-friendly environment.

What to Expect With Pediatric Surgery

If your child needs surgery, you can trust our pediatric surgical team at Nemours. Our pediatric surgical specialists (surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses) understand what kids need, psychologically and physically. Our guidebook provides step-by-step instructions and information about what to expect before, during and right after surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Top 10 Things Kids Need to Know About Surgery

Take your child on a pediatric surgery video tour with Sheridan on her surgery day. This fun, kid-friendly video shows children and teens what to expect, step-by-step, if they need an operation at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.