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24
May

Age is not a risk factor associated with complications in weight loss surgery, reports a new study presented at the Digestive Disease Week 2011 held in Chicago.

In this study, the data of 48,000 obese adults who has bariatric surgery to attain weight loss between 2005 and 2009 were analyzed.  Within that timeframe, the number of obese adults with the mean age of 65 and above who undergone weight loss surgery has more than doubled.

The investigators of this study learned from the data that those adults who are over 65 years of age do not have greater risk of having post surgical complications compared to their younger counterparts. However, older patients were found to have a longer hospital stay compared to the younger population.

According to one of the researchers, Dr. Robert Dorman, this study assures most surgeons that patients over age 65 have no added complications associated with weight loss surgery, as long as they are relatively healthy.

A rise in the number of bariatric surgery involving the older age group has been noted for the last previous years, and because of this, the researchers tried to check whether performing this kind of procedure in this population is safe. Most of these older patients who had uncomplicated post-op bariatric surgery procedure oftentimes achieve a better quality of life. And they begin enjoying improvements with their medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity itself.

Interested with the cost of bariatric surgery?

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, bariatric surgery procedure can cost around $20,000 to $25,000! However, the insurance may cover the surgical procedure if it turns out to be medically-indicated and it could possibly correct the obesity-associated complications.

It may be too expensive for your budget, but three to four years after undergoing the procedure, you will never regret spending that kind of investment.

 

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