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Bariatric Surgical Operations for Adolescents

Bariatric surgery in morbidly obese adolescents is controversial. Many argue that morbidly obese individuals should be of adult age before undergoing bariatric operations, despite the progressive and debilitating course of this increasingly common disease.

Study Method

19 consecutive adolescent patients, aged 13-17, underwent vertical banded gastroplasty-Roux-en-Y gastric bypass between May 1990 and August 2001. Average BMI was 49 kg/m2, range was 38-67. All had one or more co-morbidities. Follow-up was obtained up to 10 years.

Results

Post-operative BMI at the maximum time of follow-up, mean 5.5 years (range 1-10 years), was 28 (range 23 to 45). Only one patient did not lose enough weight and was considered a failure. There were two revisions and no mortality or morbidity. All co-morbidities disappeared. Family and patients were pleased with the surgery.

Study Conclusions

Early surgical intervention should be offered to a greater number of adolescents to minimize the emotional and physical consequences of morbid obesity.

Authors:
Joseph F. Capella, MD; Rafael F. Capella, MD,FACS. Dept of Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center, NJ, USA

Source:
Associacao Brasileira Para o Estudo da Obesidade

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Laparoscopic or open bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding or bypass is not an easy solution to morbid obesity and weight loss. It is a serious surgical procedure, involving health risks. To produce lasting weight loss it requires a long-term patient commitment to eating a healthy diet and following a regular program of physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also be necessary. So, before deciding, discuss your options fully with your doctor. © 2003-2017 Bariatric-Surgery.Info - Terms - Contact - Information - Resources