The New York Bariatric Group is excited to be involved with the program at the St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, Long Island, offering bariatric surgery for adolescent patients between the ages of 16 and 18.
The rates of obesity amongst teenagers and adolescents today is alarming. It presents both an immediate and long-term danger to the health and wellbeing of our children. From a young age, these individuals may begin to develop type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, and a range of additional health risks.
Even with the best of intentions, many adolescents are not able to lose a sufficient amount of weight to return to a normal lifestyle. For those who have tried and failed with other avenues for weight loss, adolescent bariatric surgery may be the right solution.
Select adolescent patients are now able to have the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedure performed. This enables them to receive a permanent tool in their quest for weight loss and health.
The gastric sleeve procedure is beneficial, because it offers similarly great results as the gastric bypass, but with reduced risks of complication. The GI track is left untouched in this procedure, as opposed to with gastric bypass. This makes the surgery less complex, reduces the recovery time, and helps patients avoid post-surgical complications such as nutritional deficiencies.
The St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York, was accredited by MBSAQIP (The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications in the fall 2014. That means the facility has the infrastructure in place to work with adolescent patients, making it one of the first such programs on Long Island.
The New York Bariatric Group offers our patients one of the most experienced surgical teams across the globe. Dr. Shawn Garber has performed over 300 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies, and Dr. Spencer Holover has performed over 400 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedures. Additionally, the New York Bariatric Group stands apart thanks to our comprehensive bariatric program, which provides our patients with education and ongoing support through a number of hands-on efforts.
Our children don’t have to succumb to a lifetime of obesity. With our help, adolescents aged 16 to 18 can now receive life-changing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery.
Learn more about adolescent bariatric surgery by calling the New York Bariatric Group today at 800.633.8446, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule an initial consultation appointment.