Bariatric Surgery Relieves Pain in Obese Teens
For teens who are severely obese, bariatric (weight-reduction) surgery can be life-changing. In a study of 242 teens who were monitored after their procedures, body pain was reduced by 40 percent within a year of the procedure; the reduction lasted for up to three years. Physical function and physical comfort with their bodies also improved. A second study of 226 of those same participants compared two different types of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Both led teens to drop about 23 percent of their starting weight. Nutritional problems, seen particularly after Roux-en-Y, included drops in vitamin B12 and iron levels, but those can be minimized with diet, and with vitamin and mineral supplementation. A doctor can help you and your teen weigh the pros and cons of surgery.
SOURCES: Pediatrics and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, both published online Nov. 19, 2019