Growing Up After Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

Annalyn S. DeMello, Darlene E. Acorda, Debbe Thompson, David L. Allen, Rahema Aman, Mary L. Brandt, Stephanie Sisley

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This study investigates the effects of adolescent bariatric surgery among young adults approximately 10 years post-surgery. Participants were recruited from a hospital-based bariatric registry. We used an exploratory, qualitatively-driven mixed methods design. Findings were integrated with medical chart data and the SF-36, Body QoL, and the Transition Readiness Assessment Questionnaire. Of the 22 participants who completed surveys (14 females and 8 males), 20 participants also completed a phone interview. Median participant age was 25 years (range = 19–30). Median weight-loss was 23% (6.0%‒58%). Four themes emerged: taking control, weight loss challenges, body image adjustment, and growing up. Participants reported physical benefits of surgery yet were challenged by eating habits, body image, and interpersonal relationships. Participants were indifferent to preventative healthcare, despite the potential for vitamin deficiencies and the return of weight-related comorbidities. Clinicians can facilitate the transition to young adulthood by providing continued mental support, education, and medical monitoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-125
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • adolescent
  • bariatric
  • obesity
  • weight loss
  • young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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