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How old do you have to be to have weight loss surgery?

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In brief: Depends

Most insurances require the patient to be at least 18 although a few are allowing as young as 15 if they meet significant medical necessity.
If the patient or family self finances the procedure then it's up to the surgeon and their comfort level and their experience with potentially younger patients.There are no absolute contraindications to operating on younger patients as long as they're healthy.

In brief: Depends

Most insurances require the patient to be at least 18 although a few are allowing as young as 15 if they meet significant medical necessity.
If the patient or family self finances the procedure then it's up to the surgeon and their comfort level and their experience with potentially younger patients.There are no absolute contraindications to operating on younger patients as long as they're healthy.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: Age not limitingfact

Teens are considered for surgery provided they stict to strict guidelines it depends on BMI 35-40, risk of medical condition outweighing other ways of managing weight.

In brief: Age not limitingfact

Teens are considered for surgery provided they stict to strict guidelines it depends on BMI 35-40, risk of medical condition outweighing other ways of managing weight.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: 14-18

Most insurance won't cover before 18 but some programs go to 14.

In brief: 14-18

Most insurance won't cover before 18 but some programs go to 14.
Dr. Terry Simpson
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