Can Teens Have Bariatric Surgery?
The number of teenagers and young adults suffering from obesity has increased dramatically over the years. Weight loss surgery, however, remains an uncommon treatment for this age group, and Griffin Bariatrics does not currently offer surgery to patients under the age of 18. That said, our experienced bariatric surgeons explain when surgery may be a reasonable option, and when other methods should be explored:
Bariatric surgery, including techniques like gastric banding, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass, can achieve significant weight loss for the right candidates. However, there have been few studies performed on the long-term results of weight loss surgery for adolescents.
Weight loss procedures require serious long-term lifestyle changes. If a teenager, or any obese patient, is unable to follow the strict dietary guidelines, bariatric surgery may not be the best approach. Additionally, patients, including teens and young adults, should exhaust all other reasonable weight loss options before considering bariatric surgery. At Griffin Bariatrics, we can help teens, young adults, and adults navigate weight loss challenges through our comprehensive support programs. Many of these groups are free or low-cost to our patients, and they can provide the necessary professional help and encouragement that can make a profound difference in an obese person’s life, regardless of age.
One of the best ways to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our extensively trained weight loss surgeons. We can evaluate your needs, discuss your concerns, and help you find the ideal approach to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
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