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Pediatric Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

A vertical sleeve gastrectomy offers the best outcome for most children and adolescents suffering from obesity. It is the mainstay of our program.  The sleeve gastrectomy does not affect how the body digests food or absorbs nutrients, so the risk of nutritional complications is minimal in both the short term and the long term. This is important for children and teenagers whose bodies are still growing and changing. 

We encourage you to give us a call to discuss your child’s situation. Don’t wait – a teen who is at an unhealthy weight will most likely continue to gain weight as he or she ages, lessening the benefits of bariatric surgery. Our pediatric weight-loss experts are dedicated to helping children and teens obtain and maintain a healthy weight. We understand the unique needs of each child and work with your child and family to ensure the best possible outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: Before Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure: What to Expect

Sleeve Gastrectomy: Follow-Up

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Departments that Offer Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Obesity Program

The Obesity Program helps families prevent and manage obesity, ensuring the best chance for a healthier future.

Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program

Learn about bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for children and teens at our teen-centered Bariatric Surgery Program.