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Bariatric Surgery in the Elderly 

Bariatric Surgery in the Elderly
Bariatric Surgery in the Elderly

Eric Marcotte

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date: 09 December 2021

The U.S. census revealed that, in 2010, the “older population,” age 65 and older, represented 13% of the population (40.2 million people). The percentage will increase with time and will be 19.3% (72.1 million people) by 2030 and 20.2% (88.5 million people) by 2050, largely due to the aging baby boomer generation. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 14% of the general population age 60 had a BMI ≥ 35, with the higher-risk groups of Hispanic and non-Hispanic black communities reaching 16.7% and 20.1%, respectively. It is recognized that elderly obese patients present with a higher frequency of comorbidities than their younger counterparts, most likely related to the duration of their disease. Although initial studies demonstrated an increased risk in elderly patients, bariatric surgery has since been demonstrated to be a safe and efficient treatment option, as long as older patients undergo complete medical optimization prior to undergoing surgery.

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