Bariatric surgery may be an option for some children who have not been able to maintain weight loss and control their health with diet and exercise alone. To be considered for weight loss surgery, the child must be:

  • Between the ages of 10-17
  • Have a BMI >40
  • BMI >35 with a co-morbidity 
  • Be highly motivated to make changes and have a good family support
  • Complete 6 months of supervised weight management within the COACH program
  • Be willing to adhere to follow up visits for 5 years post-bariatric surgery
  • Adhere to blood work as recommended by your team

A multidisciplinary team will make recommendations at the end of six months visit. For more information, please call 501-364-1430.

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Why Choose Arkansas Children's

Arkansas Children's Hospital is home to the only pediatric Level One Trauma Center in Arkansas. While we hope that no child needs care from an accident or injury, for the children in Arkansas, there is no better place for them than the Pediatric Level One Trauma Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Our surgical services team specializes in providing expert care for children. Anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, and the interdisciplinary team bring pediatric expertise and years of experience to each patient's perioperative care.

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