224. Bariatric Surgery in Teens: For Real? For Real.

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 118-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149487

Teens with severe obesity struggle with health consequences more commonly seen in adults, like high blood pressure, sleep apnea and even type 2 diabetes. While metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS) is considered an effective tool and openly offered to adults with obesity and chronic health conditions, MBS is often considered a treatment of last resort for adolescents with severe obesity. Recent outcome studies of adolescents who have undergone MBS are building the case that this tool can be as effective in teens as adults. In this session, learn how careful and thoughtful patient selection by both the practitioner and patient can foster safe and effective MBS and the opportunity to carve out a different health outcome.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply evidenced-based information about the selection process for metabolic-bariatric surgery, including an adolescent’s ability to assent to life-altering surgery.
  • Detail the effect of bariatric surgery in adolescents’ health, weight and quality of life outcomes.
  • Identify how selection process criteria and post-operative care are applied by review of case studies.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5125 Bariatric Surgery
  • 5370 Weight management, obesity (disease/disorder)
  • 5080 Adolescents (client population)

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and their influence on population health status.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Susan Sewell, MS, RD, LD, CSOWM

    Registered Dietitian

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

  • Kaitlyn Wessels, MSW, LSW

    Social Worker

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

  • Moderator(s)

  • Mary Gray Hutchison, MPH, RD, LDN