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Who is a Candidate?

To be eligible for adolescent weight loss surgery, you must:

  • Have a history of trying other diet methods unsuccessfully, including medically supervised dieting
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (100 pounds or more overweight), or have a BMI of 35 with two or more weight-related conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure

What to Expect

Typically, hospital stays following surgery are between one and three days. After you leave the hospital, you should be able to take care of your personal needs, but will require help with other tasks, such as driving or lifting.

Generally, you can expect to take two to four weeks off work or school after surgery. During that time, your focus will be on establishing healthy eating and drinking habits. You should be back to regular activities within three to five weeks.