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Bariatric Surgery Seems to Result In Greater Bone Fractures

Posted Jun 11 2009 12:00am

A new study done at the Mayo clinic shows that bariatric surgery to induce weight loss puts a person at greater risk for broken bones. People who had bariatric procedures either stapling of the stomach (gastric bypass) or banding of the stomach (gastric band surgery) at the Mayo Clinic were followed for twenty years. Results showed that they had more broken bones in that time Most breaks occurred in the bones of the hands and feet, but hip, spine and humerus (upper arm bone) fractures also were found. The researchers suggest that due to the extensive bone turnover and loss of bone density after bariatric surgery and the limiting of food and nutrients into the body, more fractures may occur.

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