Obesity, Mortality, and Bariatric Surgery Death Rates

Omalu, Bennet I.; Ives, Diane G.; Buhari, Alhaji M.; Lindner, Jennifer L.; Schauer, Philip R.; Wecht, Cyril H.; Kuller, Lewis H.; Livingston, Edward H.
November 2007
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;11/28/2007, Vol. 298 Issue 20, p2406
Academic Journal
This article presents an abstract from the archives of surgery and comments on it. The abstract is "Death Rates and Causes of Death After Bariatric Surgery for Pennsylvania Residents, 1995-2004," by Bennet I. Omalu, Diane G. Ives and colleagues. Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for seriously obese people with a body mass index of 40 or more. The study found 440 deaths after more than 16,000 operations most of which were attributed to suicide and coronary heart disease. The commentary notes that since the surgery is considered elective, not much has been known about its long lasting effects or mortality rates and this study answers many questions and suggests it falls within the safe range of treatment.


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