Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana
International Metabolic Bariatric Center
International Metabolic Bariatric Center has been identified as the world's teenage weight loss surgery destination. Due to the rapidly rising epidemic of teen obesity in America, Worldwide audience followed the case of a young patient that underwent a bariatric procedure and then started on her exciting journey of significant weight loss.
Obesity, an issue historically linked only to adults, has been growing at alarming rates among teens. Currently, nearly a quarter of American teenagers are overweight or obese. Weight-related diseases, previously almost unheard of in adolescents as little as 10 years ago, are becoming increasingly commonplace as well. In fact, the rate of diabetes in obese adolescents has increased 33% in the last decade alone.
In our experience, and after scores of minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgeries performed in our hospital on teens, patients can expect a 60% to 70% loss of excess weight and it can be maintained by following the proper procedures. This is a life-changing experience at a time when young adults are developing their self-image and beginning the socialization process. There is no reason why a teen should struggle with their appearance or rejection issues as a result of obesity.
Weight loss surgeries among teens have quadrupled in the last few years according to a recent report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Researchers suggests that bariatric surgeries performed early in adolescence "could more effectively reverse complications of obesity" that might appear later as an adult.
Renowned surgeons recently added: "Adolescent obesity continues to be under-treated. We know that obese 14 to 18-year-olds are at risk for significant and even fatal conditions as they grow older. In cases where medical therapy doesn’t work, surgery is an effective treatment option."
Unfortunately, few other treatments are available to help obese adolescents who are unable to lose weight and are already suffering from obesity-related health problems. Weight loss surgeries provide hope for young lives that are struggling with hopelessness during one of the most difficult times in their lives.
International Metabolic Bariatric Center is a leading provider of weight loss procedures to patients throughout Mexico and the United States. In addition to performing procedures for adolescents, the practice treats adult patients, including gastric ballon and gastric bypass, gastric sleeve surgery, and metabolic surgery.
FAQs About Bariatric Surgery for Teens in Tijuana
There is no single best procedure in weight-loss, but when considering that the life expectancy of an adolescent is much more than an adult and that many adolescents are still growing physically and maturing mentally, the least invasive procedure tends to be most desired. It is essential that the adolescent, the family and the medical team be involved in the decision making.
When teenage surgery was still considered controversial, the youngest patient operated on was 13 years old. A decade later patients as you as six years of age have undergone weight loss surgery but this is not the norm. Most patients at IMBC are considered to be candidates for surgery when the level of maturity is such that they understand the need for a procedure and their role in the success. Physical maturity is always important and stature, as well as some radiological metrics, are performed.
As medicine evolves so do the indications for surgery but in general any patient with a 30 BMI or 30% Body Fat is at higher risk to develop weight-related disease than the general population. Physical maturity as measured by stature and bone maturity is a good indicator of the level of overall development of the teenager. A good understanding of the procedure and what is required of the patient is also essential as the adolescent will be responsible for using the tool effectively.
Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
Adults are not the only ones prone to obesity. Childhood and adolescent obesity have been on the rise worldwide. What's worse is that childhood and adolescent obesity can cause health problems that persist later in life, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. Children who are obese have an 80% chance of remaining obese as adults, as the habits and environmental factors that cause obesity in children are likely to persist as they grow older.
How Obesity Affects Children and Teenagers
Obesity impacts children in a variety of ways. The most important issue is that obesity causes a slew of health problems that can be detrimental in the long term. Obese children are much more likely to become diabetic, require blood pressure medication, and deal with joint pain and tendonitis later in life.
It's also common for obese children to become the target of bullying. Bullying is an issue that can cause psychological problems in children that continue as they become adults. This bullying can often entrench the idea that the child cannot overcome their obesity and that their obesity is inherent to them.
How Do We Treat Childhood Obesity?
If your child is obese and you’re not sure what your options are, don’t worry. Doctors have been studying the issue of childhood obesity for decades and have found that there are treatments that are effective for children and adolescents in the long run. The first line of defense is diet and lifestyle changes, and these can be effective when they are properly adhered to.
However, the biggest problem with any sort of behavioral modification for obesity is that many patients simply do not adhere to them. Putting your child on a diet can be difficult, and making sure they stay on that diet when you aren’t able to monitor them at all times (such as when they’re at school or out with friends) can be next to impossible.
Why Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana for Teenagers?
Weight loss surgery for teens in Tijuana, Mexico is one of the most effective weight loss interventions for both the short term and the long term. It changes aspects of the patient’s digestive system to prevent overeating, improve satiety, and reduce excess calories that are taken in by the body.
Keep in mind: bariatric surgery is not recommended for most obese teenagers. Bariatric surgery for teenagers has some strict requirements that must be met in order for an adolescent patient to be a good candidate. These are:
Gastric sleeve for teenagers is one of the most commonly recommended bariatric surgery procedures for teenagers, however, it’s irreversible. It’s done by removing a large portion of the stomach and reshaping the remaining stomach into the shape of a tube. This tube connects to the small intestine to form a sleeve, hence the name of the procedure.
Gastric bypass for teenagers is also sometimes recommended for morbidly obese teens that are having trouble losing weight. Gastric bypass is performed by creating a pouch in the stomach that is a fraction of the size of the normal stomach, then connecting that pouch to a lower part of the small intestine to reduce calorie absorption.
For most obese teens, weight loss surgery will not be recommended as they may still be able to lose weight with diet and exercise. However, if your obese adolescent child has not been able to lose weight, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ramos Kelly to learn about your available options!