Apr 29

More Good News about Weight Loss Surgery!

gastric bypassOur articles have often pointed out the proven value of bariatric surgery in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity–related medical conditions. These results are now well accepted by the medical profession, the NIH and medical insurance carriers. Recently, news appeared that may add another important benefit to the gastric bypass or gastric sleeve procedures.

The January 2019 issue of the journal, Annals of Surgery reported results of a large study designed to determine whether bariatric surgery is associated with a lower risk of cancer. For some types of cancer known to be associated with obesity (postmenopausal breast, endometrium, colon, and pancreatic cancer), the risk reduction was 41%. The overall risk of any cancer was 33% lower in the group who had weight loss surgery.

Keep in mind that this is one study, and different studies sometimes produce different results. However, this test involved over 88,000 patients in the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan. The data was extracted from Kaiser’s well-kept electronic health records. After a mean follow-up of 3.5 years, the overall risk for all cancer was 33% lower in operated patients.

The size of this study, the method of data collection and the length of time studied all give this finding credibility. The authors of this study concluded that bariatric surgery did reduce cancer risk and more investigation is needed to determine the mechanism by which this occurs.

Bottom line: the scientific and medical evidence mounts that weight loss surgery is an effective way to save lives and reduce future medical expense. If you have any question about bariatric surgery or any other area included in general surgery, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at (386) 210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm Coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical.

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