According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past 30 years, the rates of obesity have more than doubled in smaller children and quadrupled in adolescents. From 1980 until 2012, the percentage of obese adolescents in the United States skyrocketed from 5 percent to almost 21 percent. Along with the increase in Body Mass Index comes the potential for both short-term and long-term health conditions that affect the quality of life and life expectancy. The teenage years are typically a time of learning and discovery, with health conditions far down the list of daily concerns. However, obesity has shifted the focus for many adolescents. Instead of playing sports, learning to drive or attending college, adolescents are focused on trying to lose the excess weight and avoid serious illnesses. Bariatric surgery for adolescents is a potential option to restore the balance, moving forward.
The New York Bariatric group now offers surgery options for adolescent patients between ages of 16 and 18. In Fall 2014, St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY was accredited by MBSAQIP as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent qualifications. After a thorough review, MBSAQIP concluded that St. Charles had all the needed support and infrastructure to address the unique needs of adolescent patients. This program is one of the first offered on Long Island. The program is offering select patients the option to consider laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a tool to lose weight and maintain weight loss for life. The program is structured with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that assesses nutritional needs, evaluates psychosocial support concerns and includes a comprehensive medical evaluation. The program is structured to incorporate parents in each phase of the evaluation and support to insure that the needed lifestyle changes can be accomplished. New York Bariatric Group is excited to offer this comprehensive program to our younger patients. Please call the office and make an appointment today.