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Death rate within one month following obesity surgery is 0.9%
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:44 am Email this article
One out of every 110 patients -- 0.9 percent -- who underwent obesity surgery died within the first month according to a study which analyzed data from 16,683 people in Pennsylvania who had surgery between 1995 and 2004. Causes of Early Death
Causes of early death: Pulmonary embolism, coronary heart disease and infection
Some of the causes of the 150 deaths that occurred within the first month following surgery included:
- Therapeutic complications 25.3 percent—38 of the 150
- Pulmonary embolism 20.7 percent—31 of the 150—a blockage of the pulmonary artery usually due to a blood clot
- Coronary heart disease 17.3 percent—26 of the 150
- Infection 17.3 percent—26 of the 150
- Lung disease 4.7 percent—7 of the 150
- Pneumonia 3.3 percent—5 of the 150
- Stroke 1.3 percent—5 of the 150
Early deaths due to therapeutic complications included infection, pulmonary embolism and cardiac events.
Early Deaths Did Not Change Over Time
Early deaths did not change from 1995 through 2004
“There was little evidence of change in the 30-day case fatality rate over time,” the authors noted.
In other words, the risk of early death was similar in 1995 to what it was in 2004.
Omalu B, Ives D, Buhari A, Lindner J, Schauer P, Wecht C, Kuller L. Death rates and causes of death after bariatric surgery for pennsylvania residents, 1995 to 2004. Arch Surg. 2007 Oct, 142(10):923-8; discussion 929.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DrPH
Department of Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh
130 N Bellefield Ave, Room 550
Pittsburgh, PA 15221 USA
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