Initial results of a first and largest of its kind study focusing on the safety of adolescent bariatric surgery were published in JAMA Pediatrics. The “Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery” (Teen-LABS) study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is being conducted at five sites in the U.S., including Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, is the study’s principal investigator.
“This NIH-funded study is benchmark research in the field of adolescent bariatric surgery,” said Marc Michalsky, MD, surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s and a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Participating in a study of this magnitude with colleagues around the country, collaborating to gather integral safety data, is both gratifying and hugely beneficial to adolescents suffering with severe obesity and health complications we used to diagnose only in adults. While the research continues, these initial findings should provide encouragement to adolescents and their families as they consider bariatric surgery.”