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Gastric Bypass Study Results

Posted Jun 28 2010 12:00am

Women have an easier time than men after gastric bypass surgery, a new study shows.

In a study of nearly 38,000 laparoscopic bypass patients University of Nebraska researchers found that women were almost five times less likely to die after the surgery, according to a report presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Women also had 25 percent fewer complications and were one third less admissions to intensive care units.

Experts weren’t surprised by the results.

“Generally if you’re comparing a man and a woman of the same body mass index, the surgery will be easier to do on the woman,” says Dr. Amir Mehran, director of bariatric surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. “That’s because women tend to carry their weight on their hips, buttocks and chest, whereas men tend to carry all their weight in their belly, which makes the surgery more difficult.”


The post weight loss plastic surgery is easier on the women as well. Men are larger cases and take more post-operative care. Women adjust better.

This study also found that patients did better when they had the gastric bypass along with someone else in the family:

The difference, Slotman says, is the encouragement people get from a family member who is going through the same thing. The support makes it easier to make dramatic changes in lifestyle and eating habits to keep the weight loss going.

My wife and inlaws have all had gastric bypass surgery. It is easier to undergo what seems like an ominous feat with family around who are going through it or have been through it.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD


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