Alexis Shapiro, 12, Faces A Change In Plans Midway Through Weight-loss Surgery

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After trying to unsuccessfully manage the disorder through diet and exercise, Alexis’s family sought more help from doctors who advised gastric bypass surgery. The drastic operation could help trick Alexis’s brain into thinking it’s full for longer periods of time and lead to weight loss, according to Alexis’s doctor, Thomas H. Inge, director of Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens at Cincinnati Children’s. Following a kiss from her mom Jenny, Alexis went into the operating room on Friday. But complications arose mid-surgery, as revealed by the hospital’s live tweets of the event. About 40 minutes after the surgery began, the hospital Tweeted, “Alexis Shapiro’s liver is larger than surgical team anticipated, making necessary visualization difficult.” Soon it became clear that the doctors would have to change course. Gastric bypass was “no longer safest option” due to the size of her liver, according to the hospital. Instead doctors performed a gastric sleeve operation, which reduced the stomach workouts to 25 percent of its original size.
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