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Superobese Patients Benefit From Bariatric Surgery

Last Updated: April 22, 2009.

Superobese patients gain quality of life benefits from bariatric surgery, even though they may remain severely obese after surgery, according to a study published in the April issue of the Archives of Surgery. In the same issue, another study shows that bariatric surgery does not need to be performed in a center of excellence to get optimum results.

WEDNESDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Superobese patients gain quality of life benefits from bariatric surgery, even though they may remain severely obese after surgery, according to a study published in the April issue of the Archives of Surgery. In the same issue, another study shows that bariatric surgery does not need to be performed in a center of excellence to get optimum results.

Michel Suter, M.D., of the Hopital du Chablais in Aigle-Monthey, Switzerland, and colleagues conducted a study of 492 morbidly obese and 133 superobese patients who underwent laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and found that obesity-related comorbidities were reduced and quality of life improved among superobese patients, even if they remained in the severely or morbidly obese category after surgery.

Edward H. Livingston, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, analyzed data from the 2005 National Inpatient Survey and found that hospitals with and without the designation of bariatric surgery center of excellence achieved similar results in terms of outcomes, regardless of procedure volume.

"Weight loss or residual body mass index is not all that matters, and all aspects of the results of bariatric surgery must be evaluated to draw meaningful conclusions about the effectiveness of a given bariatric operation," Suter and colleagues conclude."

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