Weight Loss Surgery for Teenagers - Obesity Surgery Guide

The first step is to visit your family doctor who will recommend that you follow a diet and exercise regime beforehand.  There are medicines that will either suppress your appetite or prevent fat storage but these do come with side effects.  Some are available via the Internet or from private diet clinics but are not recommended.  There are just two drugs available for the treatment of obesity – Reductil and Xenical but these must be used as part of a diet and exercise regime.  Again, check with your G.P.

Weight loss surgery is not meant to replace a sensible diet and exercise programme.  This programme plus psychological support and supplementation will have to be followed for a lifetime.  A decision is made based upon how severe the problem is and the likely consequences.  Several factors will have to be taken into consideration.  These include having a good level of support from family and friends, being capable of making a sensible, informed decision and being prepared to follow a post-surgery routine.  This routine will include a diet and exercise plan. 

This is especially important in the case of gastric banding (see article for further information) as it requires the careful monitoring of food intake.  It means a slow, ‘drip feed' approach and the avoidance of certain foods altogether.  This may also include alcohol.  If this is not followed it can cause problems as well as being highly unpleasant.