Watch for poor bone health in teens after bariatric surgery, doctors say

Both Roux-en-Y bypass or sleeve gastrectomy were associated with reduced bone mineral density.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are “highly effective” and safe in under-18s with class II or III obesity but can lead to poorer bone health outcomes, a review shows.

The loss of bone mineral density (BMD) in paediatric patients undergoing either weight loss procedure may increase the risk of osteomalacia and fractures, according to UK doctors.