- HEALTH TRACKER
|Adolescents being considered for weight loss surgery should be referred to specialized centers with a multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals with expertise in meeting the needs of bariatric patients. These programs may exist in primarily adult or pediatric hospitals, but basic institutional and program standards should be met (see below). The adolescent bariatric patient-care team should include an experienced bariatric surgeon with a subspecialty interest in adolescent patients, a pediatrician who's expertise include weight management, a psychologist with adolescent expertise, a registered dietician with a focus in bariatric nutrition, an advanced practice nurse dedicated to coordinating the care of the adolescent weight loss surgery patient, and an expert in exercise physiology and physical activity. Some adolescents may have other specific needs that may require additional the expertise in adolescent medicine. The following specialties should be available if needed: endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, cardiology, orthopedics, and ethics. A number of bariatric programs who specialize in adolescent weight loss (surgical and non-surgical) already exist in the United States with more being established throughout the U.S.
General institutional and program standards for adolescent bariatric specialty centers include the following:
This information has been provided by Dr. Thomas Inge, Surgical Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a national leader in the pediatric weight loss surgery field. Dr. Inge also serves as the chairman of Teen-LABS, the largest scientific study to date designed to learn more about the risks and benefits of surgery for teenage obesity. Click here to learn more about this study.