After feeling like she had exhausted her weight-loss options, Sabrina came to Children's National to achieve her goal of a healthier lifestyle.
Childhood obesity is a complex condition that dramatically increases the risk for other serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and depression. If your child has tried many different weight-loss methods without success, bariatric (weight-loss) surgery can help your child reach a healthier weight, when combined with lifestyle changes.
While most weight-loss programs are adult-centric, the Children’s National bariatric surgery team specializes in performing weight-loss procedures for children and teenagers. We are one of the only centers in the nation dedicated to pediatric bariatric surgery, and have achieved national accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program for meeting the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.
We have helped more than 230 children achieve a healthier lifestyle through our program, with patients losing an average of 70-100 pounds one year after weight-loss surgery.
We know that weight-loss surgery is not a decision you and your child are making lightly. Together with your family, we create a strong support system to help teens adjust to their new bodies and lifestyle changes.
Evan Nadler, M.D., Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program and Co-Director of the Obesity Program, discusses why children and adolescents opt for weight-loss surgery, misconceptions about the procedure, recovery time and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.
Our patient- and family-focused approach to bariatric surgery features:
We perform three types of weight-loss procedures:
For more information, please contact the Bariatric Surgery team at 1-202-476-2151.
Maria was the first patient to have weight-loss surgery at Children's National. With its multidisciplinary approach, a team developed a personalized plan for the teenager.
Director, Bariatric Surgery Program Co-Director, Obesity Program