Weight struggles aren’t reserved for young people. Seniors who are dealing with obesity may be interested in weight loss surgery but may assume that it’s not appropriate for their age group. Fortunately, weight loss surgery is actually safe and effective for many seniors. Here is what you need to know.
No Increased Risk
According to studies that investigated the safety of bariatric surgery for seniors, older people do not have a statistically significantly higher risk of experiencing complications from weight loss surgery than younger patients, when matched with their health risks in general, Although seniors frequently require longer hospital stays after their procedures than younger patients, they ultimately do not experience more problems than younger patients.
Risk Factors for Complications
Just like anyone who has weight loss surgery, some seniors have health issues that increase the likelihood that they will have complications. Many of these risk factors increase with age, so seniors are more likely to have them than other age groups. As with any surgical procedure, seniors and their doctors will have to consider all of their risk factors for complications and weigh them up against the benefits of having surgery. For example, having type 2 diabetes can increase the chances of post-surgical complications, but bariatric surgery can also make managing type 2 diabetes easier. Surgeons and patients will work together to decide if that benefit outweighs associated risks.
Seniors may have slightly longer recovery times after surgery than younger patients. If they are on medications for other conditions, those medications will have to be managed carefully, especially as weight loss happens.
If you are a senior who is considering weight loss surgery, make an appointment at Bariatric Care Centers to see if you are a good candidate. You can schedule a consultation for weight loss surgery in Houston by calling (713) 339-1355.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.