Friday, May 13, 2011

Weight-Loss Surgery for Seniors Still Iffy

By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Surgeons should continue to exercise caution in considering bariatric surgery for patients older than 65, a researcher said here.

Although age over 65 was not a significant predictor of 30-day mortality after open bariatric surgery, there was a trend in that direction compared with patients ages 50 to 64 (OR 3.3, 95% CI 0.8 to 14.3), according to Robert B. Dorman, MD, and colleagues from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Being over 65 was significantly associated with a prolonged length of stay in the hospital after an open procedure (OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.5 to 2.9).

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