Ninety percent of patients who undergo this surgery lose 60 percent to 70 percent of their excess body weight within the first year of surgery. This initial period of rapid weight loss then gradually reaches a plateau.
The results from surgical weight loss procedures in adolescents are similar to or better than those seen in adults in terms of safety, efficacy and resolution of comorbidities.
Weight loss surgery in adolescents has been found to be far more effective than conventional lifestyle modification in reducing BMI, improving co-morbidities and raising quality of life.
Because part of the stomach and small intestine are bypassed, some nutrients are not adequately absorbed. Vitamin and mineral supplements and adherence to dietary changes must be followed throughout life in order to maintain overall health.
To assure long-term weight management success, motivation and family support are essential.