Trending Weight Loss Patterns in Obese and Super Obese Adolescents: Does Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Provide Equivalent Outcomes in both Groups?

  • Abdullah Norain
  • Mohammad Arafat
  • Sathyaprasad BurjonrappaEmail author
Original Contributions



Many factors, including preoperative weight, may determine final weight loss after bariatric surgery; however, their proportional contribution is unclear. To such end, we evaluated weight loss patterns among obese adolescents.


We evaluated 57 adolescents who underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy from 2011 to 2017. Data collection included demographics, anthropometrics, and comorbidities and was done over a 3-year follow-up period. Statistical analysis was performed using Student’s t test and repeated measures ANOVA.


In the morbidly obese (MO) group, 82% were female, while 52% were male in the super obese (SMO) group (P < 0.0059). While 13/34 patients in the obese group achieved > 60% percent excess body weight loss (%EBWL), only 3/23 super obese patients achieved > 60% EBWL (P = 0.0695). %EBWL at 1-year follow-up significantly differed between the obese and super obese groups, 61.7 ± 14.6% and 47.7 ± 14.9% respectively (P = 0.035). The average BMI in the obese group was 29.8 at 1 year and 41.3 in the super obese group. There was a significant difference in the rate of excess weight loss (%EBWL/month) between the two groups (P < 0.01). There was good comorbidity resolution (about 70%) in both groups after surgery.


Comorbidity resolution after sleeve gastrectomy is excellent in the adolescent population irrespective of initial BMI. Consideration should be given to earlier bariatric intervention in SMO adolescents to facilitate return to near normal BMI. Focus on education of referral sources, such as community pediatricians and family practitioners to facilitate early bariatric evaluation should be considered. Weight loss in postsurgical SMO patients should be carefully monitored and adjunctive interventions should be considered.


Adolescent obesity Sleeve gastrectomy Gastric bypass Weight loss Morbid obesity Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy Adolescence Bariatric surgery 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.



Statement of Informed Consent

This was a retrospective study and IRB approval with HIPPA compliance was obtained from the institution for the study.

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This was a retrospective study and no human or animal was harmed in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Montefiore Medical CenterBronxUSA
  3. 3.USF Health, Morsani College of MedicineTampa General HospitalTampaUSA

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