Pediatric Bariatric Surgery – Nikki's Story – Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

In this video, you’ll meet Nikki, who began to develop very serious health issues because of her weight. Bariatric surgery is an option for some adolescents and teenagers who are dealing with health issues related to weight. The Weight Management Team at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, which includes a surgeon experienced in all aspects of bariatric surgery, all work together to evaluate a child’s overall health and emotional maturity. The family must also be fully involved in the decision-making process as well as in the long-term follow-up care.

Says Nikki, “The turning point was when my liver specialist told me, ‘in about a year, you’ll need a liver transplant.’” So Nikki asked her mom to take her somewhere to get help, and they came to the hospital in Wilmington, Delaware.

Since having the gastric sleeve procedure (which reduces the stomach to 25% of its original size), Nikki has lost over 98 pounds and is a healthy, active teenager. To learn more call 302-651-4730 or visit

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