Study: Teens that undergo weight loss surgery face few short-term complications

A new study shows that teens who undergo weight loss surgery are likely to face few, if any, short-term complications from the procedure.

For teenagers struggling with severe levels of obesity, weight loss surgery has long seemed like an attractive option. While many may feel naturally reticent about choosing this course of action, fearing that it's too extreme or that such a procedure could lead to further problems, a new study reveals just the opposite: Teens who undergo weight loss surgery will face few short-term complications from the operation.

According to Medical News Today (MNT), the rate of obesity among American children aged 12 to 19 has shot up from 5 percent in 1980 to 18 percent in 2010. As this number has grown, so has the popularity of weight loss operations. But, until now, there has been a lack of comprehensive research on what kinds of complications these procedures may end up presenting for their recipients. 

MNT reports that a study conducted between 2007 and 2012 evaluated 242 severely obese teens, averaging 17-years-old with a median body mass index (BMI) of 50.5, who underwent such surgery. The research shows that, up to 30 days after their operation, 77 percent of these kids experienced zero complications, while another 15 percent only felt minor issues, like dehydration. Only 8 percent were reported to have major complications that required reoperations. 

"This is important news for families considering bariatric surgery for severely obese teens," said Dr. Thomas Inge, the study's lead investigator, in an official statement. "Parents who are considering weight loss surgery for their sons and daughters worry about complications and ask a lot about the safety of surgery. This study should help to alleviate or at least bring those concerns into context."

This should come as a welcome relief for families considering medical weight loss in Houston as a solution. For more information on how these procedures can help improve your quality of life, contact Longevity Centres of America today!