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News2007November › Weight-loss Surgery: Nearly 3 per cent died afterwards › November 2007

Weight-loss Surgery: Nearly 3 per cent died afterwards

Nearly a third of obese people who die following weight-loss surgery do so by their own hand

Nearly a third of obese people who die following weight-loss surgery do so by their own hand. Overall, nearly 3 per cent of patients who have the surgery die, usually within 30 days following surgery and from heart complications.

The surgery, which includes a range of procedures that are collectively known as bariatric surgery, is often a last-resort option for people who are seriously overweight, and with a body-mass index in excess of 40.

Because of its relative success in helping people lose weight, more and more people have been choosing it, even though the surgery is still seen as controversial and, in the US, many health insurers will not pay for it.

It also comes at a high price in terms of human life. Researchers studied the outcomes of 16,683 operations in Pennsylvania between 1995 and 2004, and discovered that 440 patients - or 2.6 per cent - died. Of these, nearly half were the result of some heart problem that occurred within the first 30 days following surgery, while it is estimated that the remainder committed suicide.

(Source: Archives of Surgery, 2007; 142: 923-8).

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