On December 2, 2016, Evolve’s very own Dr. Dirk Rodriguez joined The Doctors to answer the question, “Should Teens Undergo Weight Loss Surgery?”. His answer was a resounding yes!
At Evolve, we believe “obesity is a real medical condition. It is a medical condition that has made the body inefficient. What surgery does is change the body so it can become efficient again, so that when they practice good nutrition and exercise, the person can become healthy.”
That being said it’s not right for everyone as it takes dedication and commitment to experience life-long weight loss. The first thing Dr. Dirk tells his younger patients is, “If you’re coming to me to lose weight to look good for the prom, I’m the wrong guy. If you’re looking to become a healthy person for the rest of your life, we’re going to help you.”
Many critics are quick to judge the safety of bariatric surgery on young adults, but scientific studies have proven this theory wrong. According to Dr. Dirk, after a 10-year examination of bariatric surgeries for teens, studies have found that the experience of the surgery is no different than that of adults and not any more dangerous. He notes that keeping the weight off amounts to three things: surgery, nutrition, and exercise for the rest of their lives.
The Doctors were also joined by Maegan, who underwent bariatric surgery as a teen through Evolve, The Experts in Weight Loss Surgery. She calls it “the best decision” she’s ever made in her life. “Having [the surgery] as a teenager benefited me way more than it would have if I would have had it later in life… now I can enjoy my whole life,” she explains.
Watch the video below to hear Dr. Dirk and Maegan discuss the benefits of weight loss surgery.