Lancet Studies - Gastric Bypass Helps Severely Obese Teenagers
“Weight loss is crucial for severely obese patients who face poor health and shorter lifespans,” said lead author Dr. Thomas Inge of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “These two manuscripts clearly document long-term benefits of adolescent bariatric treatment, but also highlight several nutritional risks.” Link
The second study, conducted by various universities from Sweden looked at 81 obese teens and 81 adults in Sweden who had a gastric bypass and 80 teens that had not had the surgery.
That study found that five years after the procedure, teenagers and adults had a reduced BMI, whereas the teenagers who did not have surgery had an increased BMI. Additionally, of teenagers who underwent gastric bypass, 25 percent had further surgery to treat complications from the bypass or as a result of rapid weight loss, including bowel blockage and gallstones. A quarter of teenagers in the control group (those who did not have surgery) went on to have a gastric bypass as an adult during the study follow-up.
“Gastric bypass results in substantial weight loss as well as cutting heart and metabolic problems and improving quality of life into the long-term for severely obese teenagers,” said lead author Dr. Torsten Olbers of the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden. “While some patients may face complications, those given non-surgical treatment often continue to put on weight, putting them at higher risk of poor health throughout life. To reduce risk of complication it’s important that gastric bypass for teenagers is done in centers that can provide the full care needed and long-term follow-up and support.” Link Continue>
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