Bariatric Surgery :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Bariatric Surgery

The bariatric surgery program at Nationwide Children's is the first and only free-standing adolescent bariatric surgery center in the U.S. to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This recognition certifies that the highest standards of quality and safety are being met at our center, and our staff and facilities are 100% equipped to meet the needs of our bariatric patients.

Nationwide Children's is also one of only five institutions nationally to join a multi-institution clinical research study to understand the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery in adolescents.

We understand that weight loss surgery is not for all overweight people. It offers an option for people who have not been able to maintain weight loss and control their health through dieting alone. To qualify for weight loss surgery, patients must:

  • Be at least 100 pounds over their ideal body weight (BMI greater than 40 kg/M2 or BMI greater than 35 kg/M2 with medical problems)
  • Complete the work up for bariatric surgery, including our online information session.
  • Be recommended for bariatric surgery by our bariatric team

Think bariatric surgery might be right for you? Learn more.

Bariatric Surgery Online Information Sessions

These free sessions provide an overview of the bariatric surgery process at your pace. In our series of short videos, Marc Michalsky, MD, discusses the three types of weight loss surgery available for teens to combat obesity and the benefits, risks, advantages and disadvantages of each. Take advantage of our new online information sessions to start learning about bariatric surgery today!

Chloe's story

The bariatric surgery journey is a long one. In chapter 1 of this three-part series, learn a little about Chloe - who she is, what motivated her to make this decision that will ultimately change her life, and how she and her care team prepared for months leading up to surgery day.

Chapter 2: Surgery Day

Chapter 3: After Surgery

Update: One year later

Catch up with Chloe as she returns to Nationwide Children's for her one-year checkup after surgery. Maintaining the healthy eating habits she learned before her gastric sleeve surgery hasn't always been easy, but it has helped her lose more than 100 pounds and live a happier, healthier life.

Weight Loss Surgery Options

At Nationwide Children’s, we offer three types of bariatric surgery: Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastric Sleeve Surgery, and Adjustable Gastric Banding (currently, based on FDA regulations, you must be at least 18 years old to have laparoscopic adjustable band surgery). All of these surgeries cause restriction in the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so patients feel full faster. The weight loss for any surgery depends on how well patients follow the recommended nutrition and exercise program.

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We are the first accredited center for teens

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Pediacast Interview with Dr. Eneli and Dr. Michalsky

PediaCast with Dr. Mike features Dr. Ihuoma Eneli and Dr. Marc Michalsky on the topic of pediatric obesity.

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