Adolescent bariatric surgery is a type of treatment for teenage patients who are severely overweight. The operation reduces the size of your stomach and limits the amount that you can eat. This results in weight loss which reduces the risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes in adulthood. 

Obesity affects over 30% of Americans, and 25% of those under 18 years of age. You can lose weight through diet and exercise, with the help of a dietician or doctor, or sometimes surgery. If you have not been able to lose weight with the other options and are committed to following a healthy lifestyle, surgery could be a good option. 

Determining if Adolescent Bariatric Surgery is right for you is a lengthy process, that requires several steps prior to making any decisions. You will want to understand all of the risks and benefits, talk closely with your surgeon, and contact your insurance company for authorization.  

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Renaud joins CBS's The Rhode Show to discuss treatment options.

Some frequently asked questions regarding weight loss surgery for teens can be found below. 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADOLESCENT BARIATRIC SURGERY?

There are two procedures commonly performed for teenagers: the sleeve and the gastric bypass. The surgery is done by minimally invasive procedures, the incisions are small, scarring is limited and the healing time is relatively fast. Both operations reduce the size of your stomach and limit the amount that you can eat. The gastric bypass also affects the way you absorb food. A conversation with your doctor will help to determine the best surgical approach for youLearn more about the different types of bariatric surgery here.

WHO CAN HAVE ADOLESCENT BARIATRIC SURGERY?

If you have not been able to lose weight by other methods, surgery might be an option for you if:

  • You are under 18 years of age with a body mass index over 40 and are experiencing problems with your health due to your weight (such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or arthritis)
  • You are willing to make a lifelong commitment to follow a healthy lifestyle
  • You understand the risks and benefits of surgery for weight loss

WILL I HAVE A SCAR AFTER SURGERY?

The sleeve and the bypass are usually done through 5 or 6 small incisions. This approach minimizes scarring and helps with pain after surgery. 

WILL I GAIN WEIGHT AFTER SURGERY?

No operation is foolproof. If you eat the wrong food, or too often, or too much, you will regain weight. The operation is a "tool" to help you lose weight and keep it off. The preoperative program will help you learn how to use your "tool" effectively. 

HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO BE IN THE PROGRAM BEFORE I CAN HAVE SURGERY?

All program participants must be in the program for at least 6 months prior to being considered for surgery. During this time, you will work with our dieticians and doctors to learn about your "tool" (the operation) and how to use it best. We will also make sure you are medically prepared for surgery. Some patients may need a longer time before surgery in order to be prepared properly for the operation and the way their lives will change after surgery. The team will help to guide you through this process. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AFTER SURGERY?

After surgery, you will need to adhere to the eating and behavioral changes that you developed during the preoperative process. By continuing to monitor your relationship with food, you will be able to use your "tool" to achieve your weight loss goal. 

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH BARIATRIC SURGERY?

Studies show there is a reduction in the risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease later in adulthood. Patients also reduce other risks such as high blood pressure and diabetes. They also experience a reduction in sleep apnea, as well as improved quality of life and mobility. 

MEET OUR ADOLESCENT BARIATRIC SURGERY SPECIALIST:

 

  

Elizabeth J. Renaud, M.D.

If you are interested in learning more about Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, please call (401) 228-0555. Our fax number is 401-868-2319.

 

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