Dr. Podkameni explains how parents can help their child choose the right bariatric surgery program.
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Advising Children About Bariatric Surgery I think the most important thing is for them to look for a comprehensive program, for them not to look for just an opportunity to have surgery. When I say comprehensive program is looking for a program where they have a nutritionist attached to the program. They have a psychologist attached to the program. They have exercise physiologist attached to the program. They actually have a program. It’s not just a one-stop-shop where you're going to have some procedure and you're not going to be fall afterwards. The importance of follow up in bariatic surgery is quintessential for the procedure to really work. It’s extremely important to have the follow up for at least five years. It’s not just you increase success rate when you follow up but I have to mention there is an excellent study that was published and was presented in one of the conferences for bariatic surgery. This was in 2009. And it was a French study because they have a very well documented way of getting the information together. They got all the programs who had bands for instance placed and what they did is they saw the outcome of those patients. And they saw that the outcome was better when they have excellent follow up but not just that, that bands for instance were place on patients who are be on my word below 50. Their age was 50 years old and they are females. That was the conclusion of that study which is I think one of the good studies for follow up in terms of lap band placement.