Articles  |   July 2013
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Articles   |   July 2013
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ASA Monitor 07 2013, Vol.77, 50.
ASA Monitor 07 2013, Vol.77, 50.
According to a recently published retrospective study of mortality after open bariatric surgery in older, severely obese patients in the Veterans Affairs health system, compared to a propensity score–matched nonsurgical control group, which of the following statements is MOST likely true?
Several studies have observed significant weight loss, better quality of life, improved comorbidities, and reduced mortality in patients after bariatric surgery. However, most of these studies have involved relatively young, primarily white female populations. A recently published retrospective study compared mortality after open bariatric surgery in older, severely obese, primarily male patients in the Veterans Affairs health system to a propensity score–matched control group. This population is considered to be at higher risk because of known higher mortality rates after other surgical procedures. As evidence, mortality in the current investigation was fourfold higher than in previous reports on bariatric surgical patients.
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