Pediatric Bariatric Surgical Options
Our bariatric surgery program offers two types of procedures for adolescents. Both surgeries are considered permanent and require lifelong follow-up care.
A sleeve gastrectomy helps patients lose weight by reducing the amount of food they can eat.
Using a laparoscopic approach (tiny incisions), the surgeon removes about 80% of the stomach. The remaining portion is a vertical “sleeve” about the size of a banana that is stapled together.
This procedure does not affect digestion. Food passes through the digestive tract just as it did before, allowing it to be fully absorbed by the body.
Patients typically lose 50-65% of their excess weight in the first two years.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass helps patients lose weight by restricting the amount of food they can eat and reducing the number of calories the body absorbs.
Often performed through tiny incisions (laparoscopically), the surgeon makes the stomach smaller by creating a small pouch at the top. The smaller stomach is connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine.
The Roux-en-Y affects digestion because food bypasses part of the small intestine and fewer calories are absorbed.
Patients typically lose 50-80% of their excess weight in the first 12 to 18 months.