Bariatric Surgery Procedures for Adolescents & Young Adults

Our goal at the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Healthy First Bariatric Surgery Program is to help you achieve a healthier and more fulfilled life. We offer the following approved weight-loss surgical procedures: sleeve gastrectomy and roux-en-y gastric bypass.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

During this procedure, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), approximately 85% of the stomach is removed. The left side of the stomach, or “greater curvature,” is removed, resulting in a stomach the size and shape of a banana. This new stomach continues to function normally; however, the quantity of food that you can consume will be reduced. In addition, the surgery removes the portion of the stomach that secretes hormones to stimulate hunger, so you will likely feel less hungry after the procedure, which further aids in weight loss. Generally, individuals lose about 60% of their excess weight with this procedure.

Key Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy offers certain benefits over other laparoscopic weight loss procedures.

Simpler Form of Bariatric Surgery

A sleeve gastrectomy is a technically simpler operation because it does not involve any “rerouting” or reconnecting of the intestines. A sleeve gastrectomy may be a good option for patients who are not interested in gastric bypass.

Low Risk of Vitamin & Protein Deficiencies

The risk of certain complications, such as vitamin and protein deficiencies, is minimal since there is no intestinal bypass involved in the procedure.

Easily Modified

This procedure is relatively easy to modify should more weight loss be desired or should weight gain reoccur.

Low Risk of Obstructions

This procedure carries a lower risk of intestinal obstruction and food moving too quickly through the small intestine (dumping syndrome).

Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass

One of the most popular and successful surgical approaches to weight loss surgery is the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. This laparoscopic procedure involves modification of the stomach into a small upper pouch so that only a small amount of food can be eaten at one time. Food is routed past much of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Weight loss is typically dramatic, as those who undergo this surgery can expect to lose 50-60% of their excess weight in the first two years following the procedure.

Key Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience additional benefits as a result of weight loss, including:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Improved Type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased asthma symptoms
  • Reduced sleep apnea

Our specialized team will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best approach for you and then explain, in detail, what to expect from surgery.

You can be assured that the team at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital will approach your care with the expertise and compassion you deserve. Register for an informational seminar or call us at 314-577-5335 to learn how we can help you get started - and succeed - on your weight loss journey.

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