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Dr. Dirk Rodriguez Recommends Obesity Surgery for Teens
Date:11/9/2013

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 09, 2013

An ongoing study in the United States based in the University of Cincinnati shows that obesity surgery is safe for teenagers and has good results. Read the study at http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/kids-health/230506551.html.

The ongoing studies in North America have only looked at the lap band and gastric bypass operations. But in the results in the last three years have been promising.

Dr. Dirk Rodriguez encourages parents with obese teenagers to seriously consider obesity surgery to improve their children’s short- and long-term health.

“Scientifc studies from 10 years ago clearly show that an obese teenager has a more than 50 percent chance of becoming an obese adult with health problems,” said Rodriguez, a Dallas-based bariatric surgeon.

He agrees with the statement in the study, “Lifestyle changes, diets and medications work less than 5 percent of the time for adults. The studies in teenagers mirror those results.”

The new results bolster evidence from smaller studies in teens and also suggest teens may do better, at least initially, than adults. Earlier 30-day research in adults found a few deaths after obesity surgery, although the risk was no greater than for other major operations. There were no deaths in the teen study.

“My personal experience with teenagers and young adults is they do very well after surgery. I engage in a direct conversation with the teenage patient,” said Rodriguez. “It’s a two way exchange of ideas and thoughts. I make sure they get a chance to speak without influence from their parents. I do not exclude the parents, but I need to hear what the teenager is thinking, wondering, scared of. I ask them about school life, friends, family. This helps me reach the teenager, and it helps them be s
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