Why Bariatric Surgery is an Option for Adolescents
Obesity affects 20% of adolescents. Obesity that starts in teenage years can lead to life-long health consequences including: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems (asthma and sleep apnea), joint problems and high cholesterol.
The Denver Health Bariatric Surgery Center offers bariatric surgery to older adolescents and young adults ages 16-20. Bariatric surgery can be an effective treatment for many weight-related health issues even when medical and behavioral weight loss programs have failed. We focus on supporting our patients and their families/support team through the process of bariatric surgery and beyond to promote entering adulthood as healthy as possible.