In conjunction with the NEW Kids™ Program, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin now is able to provide bariatric surgery services as a last resort for certain overweight patients. Patients who may be candidates for bariatric surgery also must have a medical problem that is impacting their health. To be considered for bariatric surgery, patients must have participated in the NEW Kids Clinic for a minimum of six months, following doctors' recommendations, with no improvement in their health. They also must have reached puberty and grown to their final height.
Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. Some surgeries are permanent, and if strict dietary plans are not followed, patients can get sick. Therefore, patients interested in bariatric surgery are closely followed before and after surgery to monitor health.
There are different surgeries available, and these will be discussed during visits to the NEW Kids Program.