Numerous benefits of bariatric surgery for the treatment of obesity and its comorbidities have been well documented. As obesity rates have increased in children and adolescents, the application of this intervention in pediatric populations is becoming more common. However, there has been some concern raised about the broad application of this approach in pediatric populations. This symposium will present the evidence for the benefits of bariatric surgery in pediatric populations and the resistance to its application in a younger generation of patients. The symposia will conclude with a panel discussion that will entertain questions and comments from the audience about the utility of bariatric surgery in pediatrics.


  • To appreciate the metabolic and anthropomorphic benefits of bariatric surgery in adolescents
  • To understand the concerns and unknowns that are raised with from pursuing bariatric surgery in children and adolescents.
  • To appreciate the benefits of alternative surgical approaches to treat obesity in children and adolescents.
  • To understand the resistance from health care providers, parents, and children from pursuing bariatric surgery.

3:45pm Long Term Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents
Marc Michalsky
4:00pm What don't we know about the impact of bariatric surgery in children
Ihuoma Eneli, MS
4:15pm Sleeve Gastrectomy as an Option for Pediatric Surgical Interventions
Aayed Al-Qahtani, FRCSc FACS
4:30pm Normative Beliefs of Providers, Parents, and Adolescents
Eleanor Mackey, PhD
4:45pm Panel Discussion
5:15pm Adjourn