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Death due to suicide following obesity surgery 5-10 times higher than expected
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 8:50 am Email this article
The risk of death from suicide following obesity surgery is 5-10 times higher than expected among women and 6-8 times higher among men according to a study which analyzed data from 16,683 people in Pennsylvania who had surgery between 1995 and 2004. Suicide in Women
Suicide in women following weight loss surgery: 5-10 times what was expected
Among women, there were 10 deaths due to suicide and 12 deaths due to drug overdose whereas only 2 suicides would have been expected among this group.
The drug overdoses could have been suicide, but were listed as drug overdose as the cause of death on the death certificate.
This means the rate of suicide among women following weight loss surgery is between 5 and 10 times that which is expected.
Suicide in Men
Suicide in men following weight loss surgery: 6-8 times what was expected
Among men, there were 6 deaths due to suicide and 2 deaths due to drug overdose whereas only 1 suicides would have been expected among this group.
This means the rate of suicide among men following weight loss surgery is between 6 and 8 times that which is expected.
Most Suicides Occurred at Least One Year After Surgery
Nearly three-fourths of suicides or drug overdoses occurred at least one year after surgery
Most—about three-fourths of them—occurred at least a year after surgery.
Need to Recognize and Treat Depression
Need to recognize and treat depression following weight loss surgery
“It is very likely that suicide deaths were also underestimated because some of the deaths were listed as drug overdoses rather than suicide on the death certificate,” the authors noted.
“The large number of deaths due to suicide and drug overdose, in excess of what we expected, is also a cause for concern.
“Most of them occurred at least 1 year after surgery, suggesting that careful follow-up, especially the need to recognize and treat depression, should be provided for patients who have undergone bariatric 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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