Dr. Dahiya describes the age at which patients can undergo bariatric surgery and why sexual maturity is important when determining if a young person is ready for the procedure.
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Maximum Age for Bariatric Surgery There is no absolute method set up. The rough guideline we use that you have to be sexually mature and you have to be, as far as your bone growth and all that, fully mature from that. Brain we know develops long time before that. The accepted ages on that one is 15 or so for the females and about 18 for boys. By 18, we pretty much know how tall we are going to be, and we are sexually mature. And same thing in the girls; by 15 they know how tall they are going to be, and they are sexually mature, and at that time, you know, that’s sort of the guideline that we all follow. And since the adolescent obesity is also up on the rise, so these do become important guidelines. One thing I think we like to be healthy all around, so in that regard, so yes, we need to be sexually mature also. Also the other thing is that one of the thing in that you take religiously taking medical which ever turn you take. One of the functions we are supposed to fulfill upon creation. So either way you take, we would like to be healthy whether we want to have any kids or not. but I certainly don’t want to have some disease or something that if I would have delayed the procedure to allow sexually mature.
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