Bariatric Surgery in Children

Hospital to Start Performing Bariatric Surgery on Children

Bariatric Surgery in ChildrenObesity is such a serious problem in Qatar, that the Hamad Medical Corporation has started performing bariatric surgery on children. The youngest patients so far have been teenagers aged 14 to 18, but over the next few months they plan to operate on children as young as eight years old.

The overwhelming demand for bariatric surgery has prompted the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a premier non-profit health care provider affiliated with Cornell University, and the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) in Qatar to build a new center of excellence for bariatric surgery. The $5 million center is expected to open within six months.

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Weight Loss Surgery Teens

Bariatric Surgery Center Opens For Teens

Weight Loss Surgery for TeensOne of the first Obesity Weight Loss Programs specifically targeted to teens has opened at Rose Medical Center in Denver. Although the center provides a full range of surgical and medical weight loss services for overweight adolescents, a primary feature of the program is to cater to teens wanting weight loss surgery.

The surgical weight loss center for teens opens at a time when weight loss surgery for teens is highly controversial. Although lap band surgery and gastric bypass surgery is still considered experimental in children and adolescents, some physicians believe that the health benefits outweigh the risks and that the rules are different for morbidly obese teens.

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10-Year-Old Has Weight Loss Surgery

10 Year Old Is Youngest for Weight Loss Surgery

10 year old weight loss surgeryAt 10 years of age, Kshitiji Jindger is the youngest patient in Asia to undergo weight loss surgery. According to the Times of India, the operation was performed last month by laparoscopic and obesity surgeon Dr Mahendra Narwaria.

According to Dr Narwaria, the boy had a normal body weight at birth, but started gaining excess weight at two years of age. Then, his weight basically doubled every other year. At the time of surgery, the boy weighed 127 kg (279 lbs) and had a body mass index (BMI) of 54.3. This measurement indicates severe obesity, as a healthy BMI range would be 22 to 23.

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Pregnancy after Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Childhood Obesity

WLS PregnancyWeight loss surgery can provide lasting health benefits to children of post-bariatric mothers. A newly released study has shown that obese women who underwent weight loss surgery and lost weight prior to becoming pregnant reduced the risk of obesity in their children.

Women who are severely obese and want to have children are often advised on the benefits of having weight loss surgery before having children. Losing weight before pregnancy can make the experience safer for both mother and child by reducing the risk of pregnancy-related complications in post-bariatric women compared morbidly obese women.

This new study, which will appear in the November 2009 issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), shows that the benefits to children extend well beyond pregnancy and can affect a child’s health and risk of obesity throughout life.

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Childhood Obesity

Same-sex Parent Plays Role in Childhood Obesity

obesity surgeryAs parents, we often tell our children to “do as I say, not as I do.”  We don’t want them to make our mistakes.  This is often true when it comes to health and weight issues as well.

A new study on the incidence of obesity in families suggests that we need to change our current approach to preventing obesity in the next generation of adults.  A great deal of our focus has been on teaching children about health and nutrition in the hope that this will lead to healthy weight adults, but it appears that this may not be the best tactic.

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