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June 22, 2007

Weight Loss Surgery OK After Age 60?

Older_people_gastric_bypass What happens if you are 60 years old (or even older) and you are extremely morbidly obese ? Well, first you are lucky to still be alive and secondly, you might have a chance to be accepted for Gastric Bypass.

Many people often confuse the fact that the main complications during gastric bypass surgery are not directly related to the bariatric surgery itself, but to the fact that a “surgery” is underway. So, from a Bariatric point of view, age on adult people is not considered as part of a risk factor.

Weight loss surgery should not be denied to patients based solely on age. With careful and professional screening, it may be safe for patients aged 60 and older.

As per a recent study by Peter Hallowell from the department of Case Western Reserve University's medical school, there are no differences in the occurrence of complications in patients younger than 60 years, or patients 60 years or older. (Read more here)


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