The prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents is rapidly increasing. As a result, weight-related illnesses in children and adolescents are also on the rise. A mounting body of evidence supports the use of weight loss surgery for carefully selected obese adolescents.

If your child is an adolescent between the ages of 15 and 18, they may be eligible for weight loss surgery through a study being conducted by New Jersey Bariatric Center® surgeons through Atlantic Health’s Overlook Medical Center.

The goal of this study is to establish the efficacy of bariatric surgery to adolescent patients between the ages of 15-18 years old. The study will evaluate improvement in comorbid conditions, quality of life, and lower BMI over a 2-year time span. The surgeries offered will be laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic gastric bypass. Improvement in weight and obesity-associated comorbidities will be measured at specific time intervals after surgery.

Who Qualifies?

You must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old, and meet the other requirements for surgery, including having a body mass index (BMI) over 40  with severe obesity-associated comorbidities (i.e. diabetes mellitus, hypertension, sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, fatty liver disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyslipidemia).

To learn more or enroll in the study, visit the Atlantic Health website or call us at 908-481-1270.