Severe obesity is associated with poor health and poor quality of life. Teenagers with severe obesity can benefit from bariatric surgery, a form of weight-loss surgery.
– Adolescent bariatric surgery has been found to help obese teens keep the extra weight off over the long term.
– An average weight reduction of about 30 percent was retained even eight years after surgery.
– Researchers have also found that the weight-loss surgery to be linked to nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, and iron deficiency.
But among the teens that had the surgery, 25 percent did require additional surgery to manage complications from the procedure or the rapid weight loss that followed, such as bowel blockage and gallstones.
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