Cincinnati Children's Blog

Teen loses 40 pounds with stomach stapling surgery

Dr. Michael Helmrath, Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program, explains that he and his colleagues recently published the first follow-up study of adolescent patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery.

The study proved that surgical weight loss for children who are morbidly obese is effective. According to the study, the weight loss was dramatic and for the most part, the children kept the pounds off. The only complication was vitamin deficiency.

In the Cincinnati Children’s study, researchers studied 58 teens between 13 and 21 who were severely obese and had a gastric bypass. After eight years, the average weight loss was 110 pounds per person.

To learn more about the surgical weight loss program at Cincinnati Children’s and to hear about one patient’s weight loss journey, view Fox 19.

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