So is surgery right for kids? Dr. Mark Wulkan is chief surgeon at Children’s Health Care in Atlanta. He says for some kids, weight loss surgery is truly a “life or death decision” - because without it they might die from being morbidly overweight.
However, Dr. Wulkan warns that surgery is not a quick fix to help you be “pretty for the prom.” In fact, all patients – regardless of age – go through an intense, month-long screening program before they’re even considered for surgery and in most cases, he recommends psychological counseling over a weight loss procedure.
He adds that even with a successful surgery, teens are still at a higher risk for long-term complications. That’s why Dr. Wulkan says surgery should only be considered as a last resort.