Adolescent Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Program

Safe and effective weight loss

The Adolescent Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Program at Boston Children's Hospital is dedicated to understanding and addressing the medical, surgical, nutritional, emotional and social needs of children who are candidates for weight loss surgery.

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Our team of experts work with children and their families to provide the knowledge and support they need to maximize the chance for long-term health and well-being. This team includes:

Our approach to weight-loss surgery

The first step is a thorough education, conducted with our care and support team. Our guiding principle is that weight-loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) should only be considered after all other attempts at reaching a healthy weight have failed.

We believe, however, that weight-loss surgery can be a safe and effective option for a child whose obesity has persisted despite all medical efforts, and who is suffering from the complications of obesity. For these children and their families, we provide the full array of weight loss surgery services all in one location: