Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for Pediatric Patients With Severe Obesity.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Severe obesity affects the health and well-being of millions of children and adolescents in the United States and is widely considered to be an "epidemic within an epidemic" that poses a major public health crisis. Currently, few effective treatments for severe obesity exist. Metabolic and bariatric surgery are existing but underuse treatment options for pediatric patients with severe obesity. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy are the most commonly performed metabolic and bariatric procedures in the United States and have been shown to result in sustained short-, mid-, and long-term weight loss, with associated resolution of multiple obesity-related comorbid diseases. Substantial evidence supports the safety and effectiveness of surgical weight loss for children and adolescents, and robust best practice guidelines for these procedures exist.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bolling, CF; Armstrong, SC; Reichard, KW; Michalsky, MP; SECTION ON OBESITY, SECTION ON SURGERY,

Published Date

  • December 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 144 / 6

PubMed ID

  • 31656226

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-4275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1542/peds.2019-3224


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States