A study conducted at Columbia University’s Center for Obesity Surgery found that patients over the age of sixty who have bariatric surgery enjoy the same benefits as younger people. They also found that post-operative complications for seniors are no more than those for younger people.
Another study focused on seniors who had gastric bypass surgery performed at the University of South Florida and the University of Miami. The study concluded that the weight loss surgery had good results and improved the quality of life. The mortality rate among senior patients after the weight loss surgery was about the same as it was for seniors who had heart-bypass or hip replacement surgeries.
Obesity Among the Elderly
A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that Americans peak in weight in their early sixties just prior to retirement. The percentage of seniors who are obese and over age seventy is about the same as young adults who are between the ages of eighteen an twenty-nine.
Obesity among baby-boomers has led to an increase in arthritis compared to the prior generation. Arthritis risks rose in tandem with obesity, and cases of arthritis among baby boomers rose from 3% to 18% between 1971 and 2002.
Bariatric Surgery for Seniors and Mortality Rates
Although the length of time spent in the hospital following gastric bypass surgery was a bit longer for the elderly, the mortality rates among this group were no different than younger patients at the thirty day mark.
The study done in Florida was based on data gathered from the Universities of South Florida and Miami and showed that the overall mortality rate among seniors who had weight loss surgery was about twice as much as younger patients.
The benefits of bariatric surgery for seniors outweigh the risks, and many insurance carriers cover bariatric surgery because the operation costs less than the long-term funding that is needed to treat obesity-related illnesses.
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