Real-world benefits of bariatric surgery quantified

The findings could be useful for counselling patients with obesity, the researchers say
Clare Pain
Surgeon and instruments

Bariatric surgery is associated with a 50% fall in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and a 38% reduction in all-cause mortality over nearly five years’ follow-up, a population-based study shows.

Furthermore, the procedure is associated with reduced incidence of obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia and ischaemic heart disease by between 54% and 67%, depending on the condition, the authors say.