How Teens Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery
Before being considered for weight loss surgery, adolescents must be enrolled for at least six months in a comprehensive weight loss program that uses a team of specialists to help them adopt healthy lifestyle habits and address medical concerns related to obesity.
The Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Program
Our comprehensive family-centered lifestyle intervention program works closely with the bariatric team when teenagers qualify for weight loss surgery. Our dietitians, mental health counselors, physical therapists, and medical providers care for children and adolescents who have a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile for their age. We tailor your child’s treatment to your child’s condition. In addition to encouraging healthy lifestyle habits, we may offer medications and specialized diets to support healthy weight loss. In addition to these advanced therapies, weight loss surgery may also be recommended.
Paying for Weight Loss Surgery
If your teen is considering weight loss surgery, it is important that you check with your insurance plan to verify that weight loss surgery is included for adolescents. Some plans exclude weight loss surgery as a benefit for people under the age of 18.