It’s one thing to worry about the likelihood of dying during
but what about the likelihood of dying if you don’t have surgery? And
how do the two compare?
“…a morbidly obese person is much more likely to die from not having bariatric surgery than from having it.”
Two studies explored these questions directly and found that…
- Bariatric surgery patients were 29% less likely to die than
obese people who didn’t have surgery. Cancer and cardiovascular disease
were the main killers of those who didn’t have surgery, both of which
were less prevalent in the bariatric surgery group.2
- Mortality rate
decreases by 40% following bariatric surgery. Those having bariatric
surgery were 56% less likely to die from coronary artery disease, 92%
less likely from diabetes and 60% less likely to die from cancer.3
So we now
understand that gastric bypass surgery deaths are in the “middle of the road”
among other bariatric procedures and that a morbidly
obese person (body mass index of 35 or more) is much more likely to die over the long-term from not having surgery than from having it.
But bariatric surgery does carry a risk, so next we will review the
and how to minimize your chances of experiencing them.