MUSC is accredited to perform weight loss surgery on adolescents by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. We are the only hospital in the Lowcountry with accreditation to treat teens, and one of only two programs in South Carolina.
surgeon Dr. Aaron Lesher, who specializes
in adolescent bariatric surgery, meets with adolescents patients to evaluate their
candidacy from a medical and surgical perspective. Patients meet with a registered dietitian and behavioral health psychologist for consultation, and coordinators to discuss the program, appointments, referrals, and steps to surgery.
The MUSC Bariatric Surgery Program has partnered with the MUSC Pediatric Heart Health Weight Management Program for adolescents interested in weight loss surgery. At your first visit, we will discuss an individualized plan to help you prepare for surgery. We work with your teen on pre-surgical education
in the months leading up to surgery as well as providing a long term commitment
to postoperative care as adolescents transition into adulthood.
Our team relies on strong collaboration with your pediatrician and other members of your care team to ensure a long term
plan for weight management. We encourage family and caretakers to attend all appointments.
In addition to monthly support groups, pre- and postoperative education classes,
and individual appointments, we offer virtual support through a monthly newsletter,
Facebook page, and a library of educational materials. We have a network of other
adolescents who have had surgery that we can connect you with speak with other teens who have had surgery with us.