Vienna, Austria (September 2015) – At the 20th World Congress of The International Federation for The Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, Dr. Ragui Sadek of Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital and Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics presented his research on the risks and benefits of adolescent bariatric surgery to the members of the IFSO (International Federation for Obesity Surgery).

Dr. Sadek’s research found that on a national average, Longitudinal Sleeve Gastrectomy had less side effects of discomfort or severe vitamin deficiency when compared to those who had the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass performed. Due to these statistics, Dr. Sadek prefers to “utilize Sleeve gastrectomy for surgical management of obesity as a primary procedure for its near equivalent viability in management of obesity and comorbid conditions.”

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In regards to Adolescent Bariatrics, Dr. Ragui Sadek and Bristol-Myers Squibb are currently the only bariatric center of excellence in the United States. With this distinction comes an elevated standard of care in which each adolescent patient undergoes a list of pre-surgical evaluations and clearances to ensure the highest possible safety rate associated with adolescent bariatric surgery.

In a study conducted by Dr. Ragui Sadek and Bristol-Myers Squibb, 41 adolescent bariatric patients ranging from 15 to 21 years old underwent the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. The results prove that these patients were able lose an average of 80% of excess body weight in females and 83% in males. These adolescent patients aslo experienced a resolution of the following coormobidities including T2DM, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia and Hypercholesterolemia.

In conclusion, surgery for obesity in adolescents has certain risks and benefits that must be accounted for when considering each adolescents physiological and psychological needs. As such, certain guidelines must be met and maintained to ensure a successful and safe weight loss in adolescent bariatric patients.

The information on this website is not an alternative to medical advice from your regular physician. Our health advice is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment; consult your regular physician before beginning the bariatric process. This site is for educational purposes only, and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or receiving treatment. The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary.