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Establishing a Bariatric Surgery Service for Obese Adolescents (Abstract)

¹Jones NM, ²Viner RM, Kiely EM, Curry JI

¹Department of General Surgery, St. George’s Hospital, London, UK

²Department of Adolescent Medicine, University College London Hospitals, UK

Department of Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK

 

Abstract

Obesity among teenagers in the United Kingdom is a serious clinical concern. Bariatric surgery effects sustained and significant weight loss in adults and adolescents. Recent guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence advocate this intervention in teenagers and so more of these procedures will now be performed on this age-group in the UK. The authors outline the history and basic concepts of Bariatric surgery, the types of patients likely to be appropriate for this intervention and the steps necessary in the development of an adolescent Bariatric service.

 

Key words: obesity, teenager, adolescent, bariatric, surgery

 

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