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It can be concerning to have a severely obese teen who has trouble losing weight. Severe obesity affects your teen both emotionally and physically. One family shares how severe obesity has affected their life and how they made the decision to move forward with bariatric surgery.
Severely obese teens tend to have other health conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and bone and joint problems. Obese teens are also more likely to become obese adults with an increased risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Because of the complexity of these associated conditions and potential risks, we use a multidisciplinary approach to treat obesity – so that we can address all aspects of your teen's health.
Research has shown that bariatric surgery may help to reverse certain obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, prediabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It can also have a positive impact on weight-related quality of life.
To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, your teen must meet the following criteria:
BMI is calculated using your teen's weight and height. You can determine your teen's BMI using the CDC's BMI Percentile Calculator.
Bariatric surgery is an effective tool that can help your teen lose weight. But, it can only be successful if your teen commits to following the bariatric team's recommendations before surgery, after surgery and beyond. Here is what your teen can expect at Children's Colorado if they go through the bariatric surgery process.
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"I was already prediabetic, and I didn't want to have diabetes in a year."