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Question: Among severely obese adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery in the United States, what are the benefits and adverse events that occur during the following 3 years?
Question type: Treatment
Study design: Observational
Investigators at 5 pediatric tertiary care centers in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Consortium conducted a prospective study to determine the effects of bariatric surgery in obese adolescents. For the study, adolescents (≤19 years old) who underwent the procedure from 2007 through 2012 were enrolled. Standardized methods were used for data collection at baseline and at the 6-month and 1-, 2-, and 3-year postoperative visits. Data were collected on weight loss, coexisting conditions, weight-related quality of life, and micronutrient levels. Quality of life was measured using the total score on the …