In Nov 2021 the three WA Private Hospitals which had previously permitted Bariatric surgery in Adolescents between 16-18 yrs. withdrew their support for this age cohort. They have cited a lack of up to date guidelines and a concern over “Reputational risk” if a complication were to occur.
WA now stands in isolation from the rest of Australia where this surgery is permitted.
We continue to lobby the private Hospitals to reverse this decision especially as updated guidelines from the peak Bariatric Surgery body in Australia (ANZMOSS) clearly support this surgery in 14+ age group.
As an interim measure, Mercy Bariatrics have partnered with the Adelaide Bariatric Clinic and its surgeon Dr Jacob Chisholm to offer bariatric surgery for the 14-18yr old cohort at their centre in Adelaide.
Mercy Bariatrics would be responsible for the initial assessment and preparation as outlined in our Teen Time Bariatrics program and all follow up, allowing the surgery to be performed with one scheduled visit to Adelaide over typically a one week period.
We have great confidence in the surgery and program of Dr Chisolm and the Adelaide Bariatric Centre. They have agreed that our preoperative program meets all the requirements for preparation for their service.
This partnering will also allow us to accept onto this shared program adolescents as young as 13 for assessment and preparation although surgery will only be offered from 14 upwards.
If you or your teen feel this approach may be be right for you please contact us on 9272 0420 for more information.
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