The effectiveness of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery applied to morbidly obese adolescents
Bariatric surgery in adolescents
Keywords:Adolescent, bariatric surgery, obesity, sleeve gastrectomy
Objective: This study aimed to define the demographic features of adolescent patients who underwent bariatric surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), before the surgery and during the hospital stay period.
Methods: This is a descriptive retrospective study. It retrospectively screened 70 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, finding nine patients. Patients above 18 years old and those without a diagnosis of morbid obesity (those with a body mass index equal to or less than 40) were excluded from the study.
Results: Of the participants, 66.7% (n=6) were females and 33.3% (3) were males, and the mean age of all patients was 17.44±0.88 (ranging from 16 to 18). The body mass index for females was 43.47±3.01 kg/m2, while for males, it was 47.9±6.35 kg/m2 (p=0.178). The average duration of hospital stay was 4.33±0.58 days for males, 3.33±0.52 days for females, and 3.67±0.71 days for the whole group (p=0.033). No death was reported.
Conclusion: We believe that bariatric surgery is necessary for an adolescent age group whose morbid obesity persists after medical treatments both to decrease comorbidity burden and to prevent more serious problems that may develop later. We believe that this procedure, which we have reported as being applied safely in adolescent age groups, should be repeated in future trials, including multicenter prospective and long-term follow-up studies.
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