MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Researchers this week unveiled the 1st early results from a benchmark clinical trial evaluating bariatric weight-loss surgery in severely obese adolescents.
The investigators reported "encouraging" outcomes in the more than 240 patients who were, on average, 17 years old, finding "few short-term complications" in the 30 days following treatment.
"This NIH-funded study is benchmark research in the field of adolescent bariatric surgery," Dr. Marc Michalsky said in prepared remarks. "While the research continues, these initial findings should provide encouragement to adolescents and their families as they consider bariatric surgery."
There were no deaths reported in the early results, and 93% were free from major complications, according to a press release from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Researchers are continuing to examine long-term outcomes.
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