New York Adolescent Surgery
New York Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
In recent years there have been advancements made towards the eligibility and safety of adolescents electing to have bariatric surgery. The Tristate New York Bariatric Group is proud to be at the forefront, and is now able to offer select patients aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to have laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, providing a life-time of superior health, weight loss and weight management.
Learn more about the need for adolescents to have bariatric surgery along with how we may be able to help you here.
What is obesity?
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New York Bariatric Group of NYC - Surgery for Adolescents
What is the Obesity Crisis for Youth & Teens?
There’s a real obesity crisis in the United States, and it’s not limited to adults, it affects our youth. Obesity has quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the CDC. The percentage of adolescents aged 12 to 19 who are obese has grown from 5% to approximately 21%.
Children and adolescents who are obese are far more likely to remain obese into their adulthoods. This puts them at increased risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and even certain types of cancer, along with other serious health threats and conditions.
Obesity reduces the quality of a young person’s life, and also threatens to reduce its length. Additionally, obese teenagers face psychological and emotional strains which create further negative impact on their lives.
How can Bariatric Surgery be a Solution?
Weight loss surgery for teens is an effective and proven solution, although it has not always been common in the past. Tristate New York Bariatric Group is now offering select patients ages 16 to 18 the opportunity to have laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve procedure.
This is a highly effective form of bariatric surgery, shown to produce weight loss of more than 61% of excessive BMI in just one year following the procedure. Tristate New York Bariatric Group offers Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, which offers the least invasive procedure possible, minimizing recovery time, pain, and risk of complication.
Tristate New York Bariatric Group is able to offer this in conjunction with St. Charles Hospital, who has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualification by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Beyond the surgery itself, the comprehensive bariatric program also addresses medical, psychosocial and nutritional factors involved in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Parents are also included, in order to better support their family members and assist with the adoption of lifestyle changes.
Bariatric surgery is one piece of the puzzle. Ongoing education, support and assistance are all important as well for real life-long benefits.
Taking action earlier in a person’s life halts the ongoing struggle, and allows the positive impact of improved health to be felt immediately. This pays long-term dividends, and helps obese patients start a new healthier and happier chapter of their life from a young age.
What Should I Expect During & After the Procedure?
During laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, up to 85 percent of the stomach is removed vertically. As opposed to gastric bypass, this procedure does not involve altering the GI track. This reduces the complexity of the surgery, as well as associated risks and side effects.
Patients are placed under general anesthesia for this procedure. With SILS laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon utilizes only a single incision as an entry point for the surgery, minimizing invasiveness. The majority of the stomach is removed and stomach staples are utilized to seal the remaining slim tube, before the external incision is closed.
The entire procedure typically takes less than two hours, with most patients spending one night in the hospital. Your surgeon will provide you with further at-home care and recovery instructions.
Sleeve gastrectomy is beneficial as it offers the same level of impact and effectiveness as gastric bypass with reduced side effects, risks, and complications. This is contrasted with the fact that the procedure has a shorter track record with far less long-term data available. Risks may include stomach staple line leaking, internal bleeding, abdominal wall abscesses, and the common risks of any procedure involving general anesthesia.
Following your procedure, it will be highly important to follow our recommended nutritional guidelines. Your diet will progress step by step towards the incorporation of solid foods in small quantities, and after the initial period of recovery, you will need to maintain appropriate dietary changes on an ongoing basis.
I Want to Take Action to Change my Life, What’s next?
Teenagers struggling with obesity are now able to experience the fantastic success and advantages of a procedure such as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Contact Tristate New York Bariatric Group to learn more and to ask any questions, or to schedule an initial consultation. You can call us directly at 800.633.8446 to get started today.