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Weight-loss surgery doesn't reduce risk of death

A study says bariatric or weight-loss surgery does not decrease the risk of death among severely obese middle-aged adults.

June 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Bariatric or weight-loss surgery does not decrease the risk of death among severely obese middle-aged adults.

That's from a new study from the American Medical Association. Researchers looked at 850 men who had bariatric surgery between January 2000 and December 2006.

Eleven of the patients died within one month after surgery. Over a six-year period, the patients had lower death rates than those in a control group who did not have the surgery.

Further study showed that the surgery was not significantly associated with a reduced risk of death.