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March 06, 2011

Weight-loss surgery successfully treats overweight teens!

WASHINGTON: A new study has revealed that bariatric surgery can result in significant weight loss in severely obese adolescents. 'Bariatric surgery' refers to several different surgical procedures designed to assist weight loss by limiting the amount of food someone eats or the amount they absorb during digestion.

The study lead, Ange Aikenhead of the International Association for the Study of Obesity in London, England, researchers searched various databases for articles examining subjects less than 19 years of age reporting at least one postoperative weight loss measure & at least one year of postoperative follow-up. The study has been published in the journal Clinical Obesity.

Thirty-seven relevant papers on bariatric surgery effectiveness in 831 children or adolescents were included, spanning 36 years. Thirteen studies examined gastric banding, with mean BMI reductions ranging from 8.5 to 43 kg/m-2. Weight gain was reported in three studies. Three surgery-related mortalities were reported, & a range of postoperative complications were identified across surgery types. 

The majority of studies reported resolution or improvement of other conditions affecting the patients. The existing evidence suggests that bariatric surgery in older children results in significant weight loss & improvements in comorbidities & quality of life.

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