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Weight Loss Surgery for Teens

If you are considering bariatric surgery for your teenage child, the Tijuana Bariatric Center preferred surgeon network in Tijuana, Mexico, can determine if the treatment is appropriate. Weight loss surgery for teens can provide many positive changes, but requires significant commitment and discipline on the part of both the child and their parents.

Why Bariatric Surgery May be Recommended to Younger Patients

Obesity can have a long-lasting negative effect on your child’s overall health. The effects of obesity can also lead to anxiety and depression. Addressing obesity can help your teenager to avoid many health risks and other adversities:

At Tijuana Bariatric Center, the safety of your child is the surgeon's top priority. You can expect that your child will receive a level of care equal to what a doctor in the United States would provide.

The risks associated with obesity continue to rise as a child reaches adulthood. This includes development of health conditions such as coronary heart disease, various cancers, stroke, and musculoskeletal disorders. 

Is Surgery Safe for my Teenager?

As surgical techniques and medical technology have continued to improve, the safety of bariatric surgery for both adults and adolescents has also improved. Studies have shown that when comparing the safety of the procedure between teenagers and adults, the risk of in-hospital complications is similar, and length of stay in the hospital is shorter for teens.

At Tijuana Bariatric Center, the safety of your child is the surgeon's top priority. You can expect that your child will receive a level of care equal to what a doctor in the United States would provide.

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Addressing adolescent obesity, whether through surgical or nonsurgical methods, can provide significant lifelong health benefits.

Candidacy and Other Considerations

If you and your teenager are considering bariatric surgery, it is important to understand that there are many benefits that can be achieved, but the surgery may not be right for everyone. Before deciding to pursue surgery, you and your child should spend plenty of time considering:

  • At a younger age, the patient must have the maturity, discipline, and commitment to make significant lifestyle changes, which include improved diet and more frequent exercise.
  • Bariatric surgery patients need a dependable support group to help throughout the entire process.
  • Nutritional changes and exercise should be thoroughly attempted before resorting to surgery.
  • Nutritional deficiencies and malnourishment are potential side effects that could affect physical development.

Contact Us for Additional Information

Deciding whether bariatric surgery is right for your child is a decision that requires extensive research, contemplation, and trustworthy advice. The preferred network of doctors at Tijuana Bariatrics Center is prepared to help with any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. You can depend on your surgeon to recommend weight loss surgery only if it is truly in your child's best interest. To set up a time to discuss your options, please reach out online or call (800) 970-0577.

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