Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Dying to be Slim

If you're considering gastric bypass surgery, consider this - within the year following surgery, 3% of women and 5% of men who were aged 30-44 died.

That's 3 women out of every 100 and 5 men out of every 100 who had the procedure.

It's worse if you're older. For those who were aged 65-74 at the time of surgery, 13% of the men died and 6% of the women died within the year following the procedure.

No matter how you slice it, this is significantly higher than the oft quoted 2% risk of death claimed by bariatric surgeons.

Early Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries Undergoing Bariatric Surgical Procedures

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