breanniegrace

I have a major question!

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Okay so I am only 16 and I am obese.

I am wondering if anybody knows of any places near Idaho who do the lap band for people under then age of 18?

If anybody knows of any can you please contact me and tell me. :]

okay thanks.

I wish you all luck on your journey to becoming healthier.

xoxo-Breanna

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]Okay so I am only 16 and I am obese.

I am wondering if anybody knows of any places near Idaho who do the lap band for people under then age of 18?

If anybody knows of any can you please contact me and tell me. :]

okay thanks.

I wish you all luck on your journey to becoming healthier.

xoxo-Breanna

[/beleive in yourself, when you have faith, you can acomplish anything!]

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How obese are you at 16? I don't recommend nor do i trust any doctor that will give rny/lapband to anyone under the age of 18. I can't see being mentally or physically ready. Not to mention your body is still changing at that age.

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Obese enough to get the lap band.

But yes I do understand that.

I've tried alot of stuff to try and lose weight and none of them have worked I have faith that I will be able to get the lap band.

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Well let's just start with this... Have you been obese for the last 5 years?! Do you have any issues (blood pressure, diabetes, etc)? Those are simple enough questions. Other than those I've seen where you have to be at least 18... Plus I highly doubt insurance will cover that if your under 18.

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Obese enough to get the lap band.

But yes I do understand that.

I've tried alot of stuff to try and lose weight and none of them have worked I have faith that I will be able to get the lap band.

Obese enough?... thank you... this is where i stop helping.

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I don't personally know of any doctors who do WLS on teens, but I bet there are some. However, most insurance companies require that you have a history of obesity in order for them to cover the surgery. Some require that you've been obese for two years. Many require that you've been obese for five years. So getting your insurance to cover your surgery be an issue for you. Unless you've been obese since you were 11.

I personally have a lot of concerns about them doing WLS on teens, although I guess I would rather them do lap band than gastric bypass, if it's going to be done. But the concern is that after surgery, you really have to change what you eat. It's really hard work. And I think it's hard for most teens to do that. I'm sure some are mature enough and responsible enough to do it, but I doubt many are.

Also, lap band surgery is a really risky surgery. Very serious complications can occur. Are you sure you're ready to take that risk?

I don't know what you've tried so far to lose weight. You may have already tried a bunch of different diets. Most people have, by the time they come to consider WLS. If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to talk to your primary care physician about a weight loss plan, and also to talk to a dietician about what you're eating. There may be other options for you besides surgery.

Kelly

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Pretty vague with the info huh?

Immaturity is one of the reasons very few do these surgeries on anyone under 18. Plus that would require parental consent.

I would suggest giving us a little more info when asking for help.

At 16 I highly doubt you even understand these surgeries or the ramifications they entail.

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I'm 144 pounds over weight I do have diabites and I have cancer that is caused by being overweight.

and thanks. :]

i know my surgery covers it, all i asked was if anybody knew if there was any centers around idaho that does it for under 18 year olds.

kkthanks.

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I suggest you just call some bariatric surgeons in your area and ask if they will do surgery on 16 year olds.

Kelly

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I'm 144 pounds over weight I do have diabites and I have cancer that is caused by being overweight.

and thanks. :]

i know my surgery covers it, all i asked was if anybody knew if there was any centers around idaho that does it for under 18 year olds.

kkthanks.

kk thanks. ttyl. ttfn. omg.

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Thank you Kelly. :]

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Bariatric Surgery Center of Idaho

Idaho Center for Weight Loss Surgery

Google is a wonderful thing!!

Just a suggestion... if you seriously want to go through with all this you should probably do all the research that you can like the rest of us did. Most of the time your family doctor will recommend that you go to a specific practice, check into it.

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I looked at the links Alexis posted, and while it doesn't say whether or not they do surgery on teens, it is worth calling them. However, both said they require that you have tried other methods to lose weight first, such as a medically supervised diet. Have you done that? One also says they require a history of obesity, and I don't know if you have much of a history of it at just 16.

Kelly

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I looked at the links Alexis posted, and while it doesn't say whether or not they do surgery on teens, it is worth calling them. However, both said they require that you have tried other methods to lose weight first, such as a medically supervised diet. Have you done that? One also says they require a history of obesity, and I don't know if you have much of a history of it at just 16.

Kelly

If she is 144 lbs over weight then there has to be some kind of history.

I saw a true life on MTV where a highschool kid got GBS. So its out there, but not sure where he was. I would suggest talking to your regular doc about gettin into a program or have your parents call their insurance carrier and ask them directly. Good luck I hope that you get the help you need. I was VERY obese all thru highschool and even before,:( so I know the hell that you live in everyday. :o

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I encourage you to talk to your parents and all of you search and learn the ins and outs of wls then find out what insurance covers and what docs. Go from there. I understand being young and obese, it is heartbreaking. But being mature enough to make this decision at your age may not be there yet.

Good luck hun. Hope everything works out for you.

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Breanna,

As I see from what you posted your probably qualify just based on your weight... you will probably have some great obstacles to tackle ..like mentioned of a doctors supervised diet.. I have the lapband so I know kinda what you will go through....

My first suggestion if you havent already done this is go see your primary doctor- get weighed in and checked over and start on a diet..talk it over with this doctor and ask them for a referral to a surgeon...and keep following up with the doctor every month for a weigh in and check up- that way if they do require a diet you already have it started and join a gym- the Y or something to get started- you will need this anyway for after surgery...but you gotta start somewhere hun...

good luck finding someone and until then start prepping yourself for it- follow a restricted diet as best you can- stop ALL soda consumption now and cut back on your pasta, rice ect.. maybe only 1 time a week.

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Wow.......is all I have to say. If your oncologist thinks that it would benefit you then I am sure he could find someone that is willing to do the surgery. Otherwise you need to join a gym or the ymca and try that. There is no way I was mentally prepared to have wls at the age of 16. Hell I am doing good to handle it at the age of 34. Good luck!

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OK, I was googling teens and weight loss surgery, and found something that said the lap band has not been approved by the FDA for use in teens and that for this reason, could not be used in teens.

Teens and Weight Loss Surgery-Should Teenage Patients Have Weight Loss Surgery?

Kelly

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Me again. Apparently they do lap band on teens at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. Weight Management and Obesity Specialists for Kids / Teens, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. I still don't think it's actually approved for use in teens, though. I think they're just using it on teens anyway. Kinda like many prescription medications are only FDA approved for use in adults, but doctors prescribe them for children anyway.

Kelly

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Ok, i re-read what I said... I think you need to honestly think of the consquences that come with this surgery. You asked someone that could have easily been googled or asked in a much nicer way.

I understand being overweight. I was 200+lbs all throughout HS, I was THAT fat-friend, the chubby cheerleader. I can't tell you how many times I was made fun of behind my back. That being said, I don't think as a teenager you are able to handle the mental and physical aspects of this surgery. Though I wish I could have had it done in HS to make my life a lot easier, I even found it hard at 23 when I initially had the surgery done to handle it all. I couldn't imagine going through HS and doing so.

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Just wanted everyone to know my surgery is schedueled for the 15th of march! :] i've been following my 2 week diet, and im doing good. :]

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Just wanted everyone to know my surgery is schedueled for the 15th of march! :] i've been following my 2 week diet, and im doing good. :]
So I see you were able to find someone to do your surgery. Did you have to do alot of pre-op stuff?

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Yes I did find a surgeoun.

& no I didnt really, i've done sooo many diets and they have failed my insurence company decided I don't have to do the 6 month diet. Just the 2 week one, which started on monday.. its difficult.. but its going to be so worth it!

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I had my surgery two years ago and I didn't have to do anything other than a two week preop diet.. No six month diet, only one pre-op support meeting and I had a date.

Good luck, hon.. I hope you stick around and really spend some time reading up on what you need to do to be successful. It's not easy, that's for sure!

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