The path to bariatric surgery involves hard work for your teen and family. Research supports a minimum of 25 hours with the wellness team over the 16-week Adolescent Wellness Intensive Program.
For teens who choose this path, it typically takes about one year from the first visit to the referral for surgery. After surgery, your teen will need to eat differently for the rest of their life. They will also need strong, long-term support from family to get and stay healthy.
At your first visit – and throughout the process – your Seattle Children’s team will help you and your teen understand your treatment options and what to expect so you can make informed choices that lead to success and good health.