Weight loss surgery effective regardless of teen age

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has been performed on April 11, according to a Surgical endoscopy.

Jun Tashiro, MD, of New York University Langone Health in New York City, and colleagues assessed the impact of bariatric surgery on adolescents who underwent LSG (2010 to 2019) in terms of parental history and age at the time of surgery. The analysis included a retrospective review of 328 patients aged 10 to 19 years who underwent LSG at a single facility.

The researchers found that 23.2 percent of the patients had parents who had previously had bariatric surgery. At the time of surgery, these patients were significantly heavier but had no difference in postoperative weight loss. There were few differences in the results when comparing by age at surgery (less than 16 years old: 102 people; 16 years old or older: 226 people).

“This study shows that bariatric surgery is just as effective for younger adolescents as it is for older children,” senior author Evan Nadler, MD, said in a statement. “Adolescents and teens with severe obesity face many significant barriers to accessing metabolic bariatric surgery, and while they wait, obesity-related comorbidities can evolve and impact their health. We as physicians should work together to remove these barriers where necessary, so that more young people who need this safe and effective treatment can receive it.”

One writer was paid by WL Gore Inc. to train those interested in building youth weight loss programs.

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