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Stomach surgery helps obese adolescents

Patients lose weight and show improvements in health markers after undergoing banding operation

WASHINGTON — Stomach surgery that curbs appetite and induces weight loss in adults shows similar benefits in obese adolescents, a new study finds. The teens also show improvements in key metabolic markers that serve as signposts for overall health, researchers reported June 11 at a meeting of the Endocrine Society. 

But while the markers improve dramatically during the first six months after surgery, benefits seem to reach a plateau during the second six months, the data also show.  

Although stomach surgery has led to weight loss and sometimes remarkable health improvements in obese adults (SN: 8/25/07, p. 115), it has not been broadly tested in teens.

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