Connecticut Adolescent Surgery
Connecticut Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
For overweight adolescents who have struggled with obesity, potentially for their entire lives, there is now an exciting solution available. Tristate NYBG is able to offer select individuals aged 16 to 18 the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedure, a highly effective type of bariatric surgery which can help you live a healthier lifestyle both now and far into the future.
Here, you’ll learn more about adolescent obesity, bariatric surgery as a solution, and how Tristate NYBG can provide you with assistance.
What is obesity?
Meet Dr. Garber
New York Bariatric Group of Connecticut - Surgery for Adolescents
What is the Obesity Crisis for Youth & Teens?
Obesity is not only a problem for adults. This is a problem for the youth of our country as well. According to the CDC, obesity rates for adolescents have quadrupled over the past 30 years. For individuals aged 12 to 19, this means an explosive growth from a 5% obesity rate, to nearly 21%.
It has also been proven that obese adolescents will be far more likely to remain obese as adults. This puts their long-term health in greater jeopardy. Obese individuals face a range of serious health risks, including heart attacks and strokes, type 2 diabetes, and even certain types of cancer, along with reducing life expectancy as well.
For adolescents, obesity poses further risks in the form of emotional damage. A person’s overall quality of life may be greatly reduced through a combination of both physical limitations and psychological strain.
How can Bariatric Surgery be a Solution?
Bariatric surgery is a viable solution for select obese adolescents between the ages of 16 and 18, who have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through traditional approaches in the past. With laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, these individuals receive a life-time solution starting from an age in which it will provide the most long-term impact.
Tristate NYBG offers this procedure in conjunction with St. Charles Hospital, which has received status as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualification from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This status recognizes that the facility is equipped for the unique needs of adolescent patients.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a highly advantageous surgical procedure, with results equal and potentially superior to those seen with gastric bypass. For instance, one study showcases that patients lost 61% of their excess BMI within just one year of having the procedure.
Tristate NYBG offers an innovative approach to the procedure with the SILS technique, or Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. With just one external incision being utilized, the invasiveness of the procedure is reduced even further.
Beyond the surgery itself, it’s crucial that an overall bariatric program is utilized to address a range of psychosocial, nutritional and medical factors. We provide ongoing assistance, education and support, and also ensure that parents are involved in the process, to provide an informed and supportive role for their children as well.
Electing to have bariatric surgery while still a teenager offers obese adolescents a wonderful and powerful solution. The positive effects will be seen quickly, while lasting for a patient’s entire life.
What Should I Expect During & After the Procedure?
Patients are placed under general anesthesia for this procedure. Utilizing the SILS technique, your surgeon will make only one single external incision. Up to 85 percent of your stomach will be removed along a vertical incision which is sealed with stomach staples.
This offers a change from gastric bypass, and does not require the GI track to be altered. Therefore, the procedure is less complex, and carries reduced risks of other complications and side effects. It is important to note that contrasted with that fact, sleeve gastrectomy is far newer than gastric bypass, and the same level of long term data is not available.
Additionally, any procedure involving the usage of general anesthesia carries certain risks. Other risks inherent to sleeve gastrectomy include stomach staple line leaking, internal bleeding and abdominal wall abscesses.
The entire procedure will be completed in under two hours. Patients typically spend one night in the hospital after their procedure.
Post-surgery care and recovery guidelines will be provided to you. You will also receive education about your post-surgical dietary requirements. We provide our patients with a step by step nutritional program to jumpstart their transition, along with the information necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle moving ahead.
I Want to Take Action to Change my Life, What’s next?
Obesity doesn’t have to be an ugly, up and down battle which lasts for your whole life. You can take action and begin benefiting from life-changing SILS sleeve gastrectomy with our help.
Call Tristate NYBG at 800.633.8446 today, and we’ll schedule an initial consultation and evaluation to discuss your needs, options and eligibility for adolescent bariatric surgery in Connecticut.