Bariatric Center in Los Angeles California
Bariatric Surgery and Age
As Americans live longer, the possibility that older patients may benefit from bariatric surgery increases. At the same time, more adolescents struggle with obesity than ever before. Weight loss surgery is an option for people any age, as long as the patient meets important criteria. Dr. Carson Liu™ determines an individual patient's suitability by starting with careful review of the patient's medical history and a thorough examination.
One of the most important standards for performing any weight loss surgery is the patient's willingness and ability to adopt healthy lifestyle changes. This is a key concern for younger patients.
Bariatric Surgery and Older Patients
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the National Institutes of Health recommend that candidates for bariatric surgery generally fall within the ages of 18 and 65. However, a 2005 study published in Archives of Surgery suggests that weight loss patients over 65 fair almost as well as patients under 65. Older patients may be candidates for bariatric surgery if they can meet the same criteria as younger patients and are healthy enough for the procedure.
Patients over 65 should keep in mind that they are subject to more stringent Medicare criteria than patients under 65. Older patients face a higher risk for complications. They also have a higher mortality risk.
Bariatric Surgery and Younger Patients
Weight loss surgery for patients under 18 presents special considerations. Emotional maturity is the most important factor in determining if a younger patient is a suitable candidate. Weight loss surgery requires a lifetime commitment to changes in eating and other habits. Younger patients should be able to demonstrate their ability to understand the permanent lifestyle alterations required after surgery.
Bariatric Surgery and Life Expectancy
Recent research shows that weight loss surgery can also have a significant beneficial effect on obesity-related medical conditions. Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea all have relatively high cure rates within two years after surgery. For some patients who have obesity-related medical problems and are able to comply with diet and exercise recommendations, bariatric surgery can markedly prolong life expectancy.
Patients concerned about age as a factor in their decision to undergo weight loss surgery should consult an experienced bariatric surgeon. Dr. Liu and his staff are committed to helping patients make the right decisions for their individual circumstances. Please contact his Los Angeles weight loss surgery clinic to schedule a consultation.