Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, can help teens who are very overweight and face serious medical problems. At Nemours Children’s, our goal is to help teens not only lose weight but be healthier overall.
Our surgeons perform gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss. This involves removing a large part of the stomach to create a smaller one that holds less food. This operation is “laparoscopic.” That means we use very small cuts and a tiny camera to guide the procedure. Laparoscopic surgery may help your child heal faster.
We’re part of a recognized pediatric weight management program that’s one of the busiest and longest running in the country. We coordinate care with different specialists who are all working for your child’s success.
We consider your child’s physical health and emotional maturity too. For the weight loss surgery to be successful, we’ll fully involve your family in decision-making and follow-up care.
Nikki began to develop serious health problems because of her weight. She had liver disease, insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome and more. Her family turned to Nemours for help. See how Nikki gained health and confidence after weight loss surgery.
Your child may be a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery at Nemours if they:
Your child gets complete care at Nemours. As part of our weight loss surgery program, pre- and post-surgery services include:
Successful weight loss surgery involves an expert team, and commitment and support from your teen and family. We’re here for you, every step of the way.
Nemours is looking for new and better ways to help all kids become healthy and thrive. We’re involved with diabetes and obesity research and clinical trials. When you come here, your child may have access to care and insight not available everywhere.Learn More
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