Weight loss surgery: good for older people too

A Western Australian study has shown low post-operative mortality and a substantially reduced hospitalisation risk in patients over the age of 55 following bariatric surgery.

The study of all people who underwent bariatric surgery in WA from 2007 to 2011 shows higher postoperative complications in older patients (12% vs 6.3%) as well as more intensive care admissions (8.2% vs 4.3%).