More Teens Turning to Weight Loss Surgery

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A new study indicates that an increasing number of teenagers are turning to bariatric surgery to lose weight, as well as regain their health and quality of life.

A new study indicates that an increasing number of teenagers are turning to bariatric surgery (http://www.pbsmg.com) to lose weight, as well as regain their health and quality of life.

The results also indicate that the adolescents who were part of the study experienced fewer complications and spent less time in the hospital after surgery. However, any possible long-term complications from the procedure on younger adults and children are not yet fully known.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks to having gastric bypass surgery. However, these risks can be greatly minimized by proper, and necessary, changes in lifestyle both before and after the surgery. In addition, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) designate Centers of Excellence throughout the nation to recognize bariatric surgery programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes.

"Within our program, each patient who comes to us is given individual attention and a treatment plan tailored to his or her specific needs," said Eugene Rumsey, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com). "Each case is carefully considered before medical or surgical recommendations are made."

Surgeons at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group have performed almost 10,000 procedures on adult and adolescent patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery, one of the surgical options available, offers a shorter recovery time with faster healing, less scarring and less pain. A healthy diet, support groups and a customized exercise plan help lead patients on the path to losing weight and staying healthy for life.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. For more information, visit http://www.pbsmg.com.

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego's longest established and only Catholic hospital. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org.

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