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Gastric Surgery for Adolescents - Bariatric Procedures
Adjustable Gastric Band Weight Loss Surgery to Reduce Morbid Obesity in Teenagers
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Morbid obesity among adolescents is an unfortunate and rapidly progressing trend in western countries. Performing bariatric procedures in such young patients has recently been considered because the vast majority of obese adolescents merely become obese adults.

Because the gastric bypass should be considered irreversible and few adolescents can comprehend the necessary lifetime commitment, surgeons have mostly avoided this population. The adjustable gastric band, however, is more easily reversed, and is thus considered by some authorities to be a better procedure for younger patients.

 

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Gastrointestinal weight loss surgery is not an easy weight loss option. It's a serious surgical procedure whose long-term weight loss success depends on a patient's commitment to diet and behavior modification for life, along with exercise for weight control.

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