The Adolescent Bariatric Program at MUSC was created to providing high-quality, comprehensive services to deliver the best outcomes for our youngest weight-loss surgery patients. Adolescent bariatric surgery is increasing in popularity due to growing rates of teenage obesity, which affects more than two million children in the United States alone. Morbidly obese adolescents suffer from serious health conditions, including type II diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. These obesity-related diseases can be resolved or significantly reduced through weight-loss surgery.
Adolescent bariatric surgery patients at MUSC benefit from our close alignment with MUSC Children’s Hospital, the area’s only child-centered hospital. All bariatric surgeries are performed in the state-of-the-art Ashley River Tower at MUSC.
At MUSC, adolescent bariatric surgery requirements are:
- Ages 13-19
- BMI of 35 with co-morbidities or 40 without co-morbidities
- Parental involvement with all appointments
Parents, please verify with your insurance whether your policy covers adolescent bariatric surgery. You’ll need to provide them with these CPT codes:
- 43644 laparoscopic RNY gastric bypass
- 43775 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy