Surgical weight loss is an appropriate consideration for adolescents with severe obesity and with medical comorbidities who have failed to lose weight through conventional dietary interventions and behavioral modification. Provided that postoperative medical monitoring can be ensured, both RYGB and AGB will likely demonstrate favorable risk:benefit ratios for the adolescent age group. Other procedures such as LSG are increasingly being studied and may also be appropriate for adolescents in the future. Given the epidemic rise in extreme obesity and health complications associated with this problem, and given the improvement in adiposity and comorbidities and quality of life following surgery, pediatric healthcare delivery systems will more commonly need to consider how to provide safe and effective surgical interventions to selected individuals.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Nutrition and Dietetics