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Sobering reality about mortality rates following bariatric surgery

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A quote from the article:
...[N]early 3% of the patients died after the first year and 6.4% at the end of the fourth year. Of those who had surgery in 1995 and had at least 9 years of follow-up, 13.0% had died. Of those who had the surgery in 1996 and 8 years of follow-up, 15.8% had died, and of those who had surgery in 1997 with 7 years of follow-up, 10.5% had died. Sandy Swarzc, on the Junkfood Science blog, compared these rates to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, matching Americans of the same age and BMI and concludes: "By best estimates, bariatric surgeries likely increase the actual mortality risks for these patients by 7-fold in the first year and by 363% to 250% the first four years."

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    Not sure about other places but where I live the surgery has gotten safer. There is alot of prep before surgery. I believe Dr. are suggesting the surgery to more to their patients now then before. In fact one of my Dr. told me that most people couldn't do what I've done which is lost 144 lbs just by diet and exercise alone. I totally disagree with this and feel like they are not doing enough to help people instead of having this procedure. Not matter what, we all have to make a lifestyle change and if you can't do it on your own then you may not be able to do it even if you have the surgery.
    1805 days ago
    My own dear departed mother had "stomach stapling" surgery and talked her best friends into it, too. They had terrible side effects, and eventually overate enough to stretch out the stomach again.
    1806 days ago
    actually I "don't like" this article, but I liked it so it will get the hits it needs - this message needs to get out. I've known of several who got fairly ill, or had all sorts of strange complications. I really saw it in my TOPS group years ago.

    Need to read the article i'm curious if it makes a distinction between the various types of bariatric surgeries?

    (later) WOW. I have a cousin named Linda Bacon (on my grandma's side of the family!!). Hmmm interesting.
    1806 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Another reason to make sure you eat well and move
    1806 days ago
  • JANET552
    Wow -- that is scary!
    1806 days ago
    I had no idea!! That is horrible!!
    1807 days ago
    wow, I had never known of those stats, nor ever thought they would be that high. That's really astounding!!. My sister was going to get it done, luckily, she has been doing lifestyle changes and exercise. I begged her not to do it.
    1807 days ago
  • LE7_1234
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    1807 days ago
    Thank you for passing on these details.

    1807 days ago
    scary, i didn't know. Thanks for sharing this info. Knowledge is powerful.
    1807 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1807 days ago
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