Bariatric Surgery

There are 12.5 million children in the United States who have a problem with being overweight. Obesity in childhood puts you at a greater risk diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Bariatric surgery for adolescents is one option you can take to get your child down to a healthy weight however it is not a cure-all. There are other things that need to be done in addition to bariatric surgery such as physical activity and a healthy diet. There are two options for bariatric surgery in adolescents. A Roux-en-y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery or the Adjustable gastric band (AGB) surgery. There are risks and benefits to both procedures. After surgery there are changes you need to make in your diet and lifestyle such as eating multiple smaller meals throughout the day and the need to take vitamins and supplements.

Key Points:

  • 1Improve or eliminate diabetes
  • 2Silicone band around top of stomach
  • 3BMI is related to overall health

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