Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents
With rates of overweight among youth on the rise, bariatric surgery is sometimes considered as a treatment option for adolescents who are severely overweight. However, there are many concerns about the long-term effects of this type of operation on adolescents' developing bodies and minds. Adolescents often change their minds either before or after the procedure, and many weight loss surgeries are not reversible.
Experts in pediatric overweight and bariatric surgery recommend that surgical treatment only be considered when adolescents have tried for at least 6 months to lose weight and have not been successful.
Candidates should meet the following requirements:
- Severely overweight (BMI of 40 or more)
- Have reached their adult height (usually 13 or older for girls, 15 or older for boys)
- Have serious weight-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
In addition, potential patients and their parents should be evaluated to see how emotionally prepared they are for the operation and the lifestyle changes they will need to make. Patients should also be referred to a team of experts in adolescent medicine and bariatric surgery who are qualified to meet their unique needs.
Adapted and excerpted from Obesity Action Coalition.
Reviewed by Paige Reddan, MS., RD., LN., CDE. 4/14
Braised Chicken Puttanesca Berry Biscotti Sugar-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions Spicy Vegetable Tamale Pie Smoked Salmon and Dill Quiche California Walnut, Turkey, and Rice Salad Marinated Asparagus Bundles Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake Apple Caramel Bread Pudding Hanukkah Latkes
As a Type A personality with a perfectionist streak, diabetes management is something that easily gets under my skin. If I can’t do something perfect, then I’d much rather just not do it at all. Which is why burnout creeps up on me super fast. A few days of pesky numbers and I am ready to throw all things diabetes out the window and watch it get hit by an 18-wheeler. So attempting to get my A1c into the lowest possible range ever has proven incredibly tasking for my perfectionist...