Bariatric surgery in obese adolescents

Andrei Keidar, Lior Hecht, Ram Weiss

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Purpose of review: Bariatric surgery is gaining acceptance as an effective and well tolerated treatment of morbid obesity in adults yet experience in obese children is still lacking. The purpose of this review is to highlight recent findings in this exciting field and identify the knowledge gaps. Recent findings: One randomized controlled trial and several case series have been published in the last 2 years regarding bariatric surgery for obese adolescents. These studies demonstrate relative safety along with significant weight loss. In addition, the vast majority of obesity-related comorbidities are resolved following these procedures. Adverse psychological effects of these procedures are probably more common than those in adults and need to be addressed. Summary: These publications indicate that bariatric surgical procedures, mainly gastric banding and gastric bypass, when performed on the right patients by skilled surgeons along with the appropriate ancillary staff, show positive metabolic effects and are well tolerated. Precise patient selection criteria, choice of the procedure and the extent of the multidisciplinary preoperative and postoperative care, are yet to be defined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-290
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescent obesity
  • bariatric surgery
  • gastric band
  • gastric bypass
  • weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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