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Death rate from weight loss surgeries : 2.4 out of 1000 during the first month
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Death within the first month after weight loss surgery occurs in 2.4 out of every 1,000 patients according to a analysis of 38,501 patients from 85 surgery centers representing 137 surgeons. Subjects
Subjects: 38,501 people who had weight loss surgeries between 1986 and 2004
Out of 38,501 patients who had weight loss surgeries between 1986 and 2004, 93 of them died within the first month after surgery.
One-third of deaths due to pulmonary embolisms
The most common cause of death was pulmonary embolism, causing 32 percent of the deaths (30 out of 93). (A pulmonary embolism is where an artery in the lungs is blocked, usually by a blood clot.)
One-sixth of deaths due to leaks
Fifteen percent of deaths were caused by leaks (14 out of 93).
Small Bowel Obstruction
One-eleventh of deaths due to small bowel obstruction
Nine percent (8 out of 93) were caused by small bowel obstruction.
Mason E, Renquist K, Huang Y, Jamal M, Samuel I. Causes of 30-day bariatric surgery mortality: With emphasis on bypass obstruction. Obes Surg. 2007 Jan, 17(1):9-14.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Department of Surgery
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, USA
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