Columbus hospital offering ‘gastric sleeve’ for morbidly obese kids

A new weight reduction surgical option is available through the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, O.

The procedure is name the “gastric sleeve,” named as such because a large part of the stomach is removed and the remainder is closed to make a tube-like “sleeve.”

The narrow and smaller stomach limits daily food intake, but does not lose vitamins and minerals, or the likelihood of diarrhea that can be a problem with gastric bypass surgery.

The gastric sleeve has been gaining popularity among the morbidly obese adult population seeking surgical intervention. There are only a small number of pediatric centers performing the operation for morbidly obese children.

For more information, call 614-722-4824.

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