More on Teen Bariatric Surgery Dangers

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While not much progress has been made in preventing childhood obesity, it is known that early is better – early as in pre-conception, if possible. It is more than clear that the younger a child starts being overweight, the longer that child will probably remain overweight, and the longer the overweight state lasts, the greater […]

Teen Bariatric Surgery – Successes and an Unrelated Failure

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The Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery, which is known as Teen-LABS for short, aims to document “the efficacy and complications of bariatric surgery in the adolescent surgical patient and its role in the overall management of obesity prior to and through the emerging years of adulthood.” The literature says, The goal of Teen-LABS is to […]

Teen Surgery – the Prophylactic Argument

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Is disease prevention a sufficient justification for performing surgery? Opponents of neonatal circumcision would say no; on the other hand, women with the genetic predisposition to breast cancer want the choice of bilateral mastectomy just in case. It is a thorny problem. More specifically, is it a good idea to operate on an overweight child […]

After Teen Surgery

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A piece in makes an excellent point – Although bariatric surgery is performed on unprecedented numbers of teenagers today, the number of procedures performed—and the availability of insurance coverage—barely registers compared with the size of the obese population of young Americans. The demand far outstrips the supply. If more patients could afford it, no […]

Bariatric Surgery for Teens – Risks and Complications

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Weight loss saves lives and reduces the likelihood of numerous co-morbidities. Alas, the effects rarely last. Without surgical intervention, it is said that “only 2% of severely obese teenagers can lose weight and keep it off.” So a case can be made that for many morbidly obese young people, bariatric surgery is their only hope. The […]

More about Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents


In her very thorough 2010 article for Reuters about teens and weight-loss surgery, Debra Sherman referenced a study done by Dr. Susan Woolford, a specialist in the area of medicine where pediatrics and obesity meet. When she surveyed 381 doctors, almost half of them responded that “they would never refer an adolescent for any type […]

Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents – Good Idea?

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In his Huffington Post article, Dr. Pretlow mentioned that although bariatric surgery has been successful for some teens, there are inevitable risks, and when the long-term outcome is considered, there is a 20% – 30% failure rate. Even this is not certain, because it depends on how failure is defined, and even more important, it […]

Let’s Talk about Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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Gastric sleeve surgery, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is in the category known as restrictive bariatric surgery. Because it doesn’t interfere with absorption, it is appropriate for people with anemia or Crohn’s disease or other conditions where gastric bypass is not a good choice. As with the other procedures, the patient goes through extensive physical and […]

Let’s Talk about Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Here’s the rundown on gastric bypass surgery, according to Cheryl Ann Borne, founder of the website My Bariatric Life. To qualify, a person needs a BMI of over 40, or a BMI of over 35 with a complication such as type 2 diabetes. Of course there is a physical exam and lab work, and the […]

Let’s Talk about Gastric Banding


Current information about gastric banding comes from Cheryl Ann Borne, the individual behind the website My Bariatric Life. A very useful page outlines the criteria and preparatory steps. Borne says: After you have been approved for gastric band surgery, you will need to make certain lifestyle changes before your surgery. Here is where the trouble […]

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