Abstract: Opinions of healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom regarding bariatric surgery in adolescents are largely unknown. This study aims to explore the perspectives of medical professionals regarding adolescent bariatric surgery. Members of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society and groups of primary care practitioners based in London were contacted by electronic mail and invited to complete an anonymous online survey consisting of 21 questions. Ninety-four out of 324 questionnaires were completed. 66% of professionals felt that adolescents with a body mass index (BMI) >40 or BMI >35 with significant co-morbidities can be offered surgery. Amongst pre-requisites, parental psychological counseling was chosen most frequently. 58% stated 12 months as an appropriate period for weight management programs, with 24% regarding 6 months as sufficient. Most participants believed bariatric surgery should only be offered ≥16 years of age. However, 17% of bariatric surgeons marked no minimum age limit. Over 80% of the healthcare professionals surveyed consider bariatric surgery in adolescents to be acceptable practice. Most healthcare professionals surveyed feel that adolescent bariatric surgery is an acceptable therapeutic option for adolescent obesity. These views can guide towards a consensus opinion and further development of selection criteria and care pathways.
Keywords: adolescent obesity; bariatric surgery; opinions; healthcare professionals
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Penna, M.; Markar, S.; Hewes, J.; Fiennes, A.; Jones, N.; Hashemi, M. Adolescent Bariatric Surgery — Thoughts and Perspectives from the UK. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 573-582.
Penna M, Markar S, Hewes J, Fiennes A, Jones N, Hashemi M. Adolescent Bariatric Surgery — Thoughts and Perspectives from the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(1):573-582.
Penna, Marta; Markar, Sheraz; Hewes, James; Fiennes, Alberic; Jones, Niall; Hashemi, Majid. 2014. "Adolescent Bariatric Surgery — Thoughts and Perspectives from the UK." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 11, no. 1: 573-582.