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How Risky is Gastric Bypass (Obesity Surgery), Really?

By DrLaPuma 13 years agoNo Comments
Home  /  Obesity and Weight Loss  /  How Risky is Gastric Bypass (Obesity Surgery), Really?
Dr John La Puma

The best data from the best gastric bypass surgeons has been published in JAMA’s theme issue this week.

Results are from 1997-2002 for people covered by Medicare. Average age at operation of 47, and three-quarters women. Twenty percent were re-admitted to the hospital after a year.

If you were over the age of 65, one of 9 were dead after a year. If you were under 65, one of 25 were dead after a year.

Side effects of malnutrition, infection, and bowel and gallbladder problems are one thing, but serious risk of death is another.

Bariatric surgery–something to weigh.

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  Obesity and Weight Loss, Wellness and Mental Health
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