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Death rate following obesity surgery is roughly 1% within first month plus 1% per year
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The risk of death following obesity surgery is approximately 1 percent after accounting for the approximate 1 percent of early deaths occurring in the first month according to a study which analyzed data from 16,683 people in Pennsylvania who had surgery between 1995 and 2004. Death Rate Following Surgery
Death rate following surgery by time after surgery
The death rate by time following surgery was as follows:
- 0.9% within the first month
- 2.1% within the first year
- 2.9% within the two year
- 3.7% within the three year
- 4.8% within the four year
- 6.4% within the five year
Deaths within first month and first year
One-third of deaths within first month, two-thirds within first year
Among the 6.4 percent of patients who died within five years following weight loss surgery, one-third of them—155 of 440—died within the first month, and roughly two-thirds died within the first year—264 of 440.
The remainder—176 of 440—died more than a year after surgery.
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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