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Surgery for Adolescents

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the rate of obesity in adolescents has quadrupled over the past 30 years. At New York Bariatric Group, we have seen a steady increase in the incidence of obesity in children and adolescents. It is easy for obesity to become a lifelong issue, so addressing this obesity at an early age is important.

Teen obesity is on the rise

Our obesity experts are already seeing teenage patients develop type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea. Even with aggressive attempts to lose weight with lifestyle changes, many adolescent patients continue to struggle with weight and its associated medical conditions.

Challenges of obesity in teens

Being overweight or obese through adolescence is challenging in many ways. First of all, there are psychological tolls during an already difficult phase of life. Teens who are obese tend to be more depressed, have more social anxiety, lower self-esteem, and face increased bullying. In addition, they face diseases that used to be thought of as “adult diseases” like type 2 diabetes. About 70% of teens who are obese already have a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Since teens who are obese often grow up to be adults who are obese, New York Bariatric group now offers bariatric surgery options for adolescent patients between ages of 16 and 18.

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Bariatric program for adolescents

In Fall 2014, St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY was accredited by MBSAQIP (the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent qualifications. After their thorough review, MBSAQIP concluded that St. Charles had all the necessary support and infrastructure to address the unique needs of adolescent bariatric patients. As one of the first programs available on Long Island for teens, 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 adolescent program has a multidisciplinary approach that includes thorough review of nutritional needs, evaluation of psychosocial support concerns and a comprehensive medical evaluation. The program includes parents as an important component in helping to provide the best chance of success with an educated, positive, supportive structure.

If you would like more information regarding weight loss options for adolescents, please call our office at 800-633-8446 for further information and to make an appointment to see one of our experts.

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Our team is happy to speak with you and help you understand any of the treatments we offer, or answer any questions you have. Please call and speak with us at 800-633-8446, or read more about the surgical and non-surgical options we offer here.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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