2011-06-20 15:54:44 UTC

Bariatric Surgery Not Associated with Decreased Mortality

June 24, 2011

In propensity score-adjusted analyses of older severely obese patients with high baseline mortality in Veterans Affairs medical centers, the use of bariatric surgery compared with usual care was not associated with decreased mortality during a mean seven years of follow-up.

Existing evidence of the survival associated with bariatric surgery is based on cohort studies of predominantly younger women with a low inherent obesity-related mortality risk. The association of survival and bariatric surgery for older men is less clear. Study results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that in propensity score-adjusted analyses of older severely obese patients with high baseline mortality in Veterans Affairs medical centers, the use of bariatric surgery compared with usual care was not associated with decreased mortality during a mean seven years of follow-up.

Journal of the American Medical Association 2011; 305(23): 2419-2426

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