There is no doubt that obesity in our youth is an important problem in America. Many reports have indicated that today’s children could be the first generation in the modern era to have a shorter life expectancy than its parents. That’s because obese children are far more likely to be obese as adults and develop serious health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. The emotional and psychological toll of obesity on teens can be equally devastating at a time that is crucial in the development of their self-worth and self-esteem. When other adolescents are focused on friends, having fun, sports and their education, obese teens may be more worried about their health and trying to lose weight. Bariatric surgery for adolescents may be an appropriate option to help teens regain balance and put them on a path to a healthier and better future.
The New York Bariatric Group now offers the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a weight loss surgery option for adolescents between the ages of 16 and 18 on Long Island. In the fall of 2014, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualification. The accreditation followed an extensive review that found that the hospital had the necessary infrastructure and support to meet the unique needs of adolescent patients. We have introduced a comprehensive program that is among the first of its kind to be offered on Long Island that allows select adolescent patients to consider bariatric surgery as a life-long tool to help manage their weight. The multi-disciplinary program addresses medical, psychosocial and nutritional factors. Parents are included in every step of the process, as they are critical to provide support and ensure that new and healthy lifestyle changes are adopted by the patient. The Suffolk County office of New York Bariatric Group is very happy to introduce this comprehensive program to our younger patients. To find out more, call us today.