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Bariatric surgery in patients age 60 and older is safe and effective, producing results comparable to those seen in younger adults, according to researchers from the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, who presented their findings at ObesityWeek 2017 – the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society.

“Our study shows that both laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy can be as safe and as beneficial for older adults as it is for younger patients,” said study co-author, Dr Anthony T Petrick, Director, Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Geisinger Health System.

The authors noted that obesity in the elderly compounds the disease burden leading to poor mobility and quality of life. Although bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment of obesity, there are only a few large studies evaluating perioperative and long term outcomes in elderly patients therefore they decided to undertake a retrospective analysis.

“Our study supports that both the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery can be safely performed in elderly patients with effective long term control of obesity and obesity related comorbidities,” the authors concluded.

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