Obesity Surgery

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 50–54 | Cite as

The Efficacy of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in Treating Adolescent Obesity

  • Salman K. Al-Sabah
  • Sulaiman M. AlmazeediEmail author
  • Shaimaa A. Dashti
  • Ahmed Y. Al-Mulla
  • Daliya AlMohammad Ali
  • Talib H. Jumaa
Original Contributions



Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (SG) is becoming a popular and preferred primary bariatric intervention; however, its applicability in the adolescent age group remains controversial. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of SG in treating obesity and its co-morbidities among adolescents.


A retrospective study was conducted of patients aged 12–21 who underwent SG from 2008 to 2012 at Amiri Hospital, Kuwait. The major outcome measures were percent excess weight loss (%EWL) over a 2-year follow-up period, resolution of co-morbidities, and occurrence of complications.


A total of 135 adolescent patients underwent the procedure, of which, 97 (71.9 %) were females. The patients had a median age of 19 years (range 12–21), mean body mass index of 48.5 kg/m2, and mean follow-up period of 20 ± 11.4 months. The %EWL at 2 years for males and females was 84 and 77 %, respectively. All of the patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and 75 % of those with hypertension showed complete resolution of the disease at 2 years.


SG seems to be an effective and safe bariatric procedure in obese adolescents, as it can significantly decrease excess body weight and reduce co-morbidities in a relatively short period of time.


Bariatric Metabolic Sleeve Adolescent 


Conflict of Interest

All the authors declare no conflict of interest in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salman K. Al-Sabah
    • 1
  • Sulaiman M. Almazeedi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shaimaa A. Dashti
    • 1
  • Ahmed Y. Al-Mulla
    • 1
  • Daliya AlMohammad Ali
    • 1
  • Talib H. Jumaa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Amiri HospitalKuwait Ministry of HealthKuwaitKuwait

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