Researchers recently found that geriatric bypass surgery can increase a person’s life expectancy. The greatest survival boost from this procedure tended to be for middle-aged and older obese adults; however, the same results were not found for people under the age of 35. Young patients – females, in particular – need to be counseled about the risk of accidental death and suicide following bariatric surgery.
This study involved tracking about 8,000 severely obese participants who participated in weight loss surgery between the years of 1984 and 2002. Survival rates over seven years were also examined and compared to people who did not have the surgery. For people aged 35-44, the risk of death was reduced by 46%. The risk of dying was 57% lower for people ages 45-54 and 50% less for people ages 55-74 years old.
These findings were published in JAMA Surgery on February 10, 2016.