Study Finds Surgery For Weight-Loss Safer Than Thought

surgeryA new study suggests that the complication risks for those considering bariatric surgery to fight obesity may be much lower than what has been previously reported.

The study found that the risk of death for gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap-band surgery) was 0.3 percent and the risk of a major adverse outcome was 4.3 percent.

The study co-author,  Dr. Bruce Wolfe, a professor of surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, said, “Bariatric surgery is safe”.

Certain factors such as obstructive sleep apnea, history of blood clots or impaired functional status increase the risk of complications, but these risks as well as the potential benefits can be discussed with your surgeon.

Source: HealthDay