Bariatric surgery less likely to up bone fracture risk

By on August 8, 2012

Weight loss surgery or otherwise known as bariatric surgery doesn’t increase the risk of bone fracture in the first few years post surgery. However, the same research suspect there’s a possibility of risk fracture after three to five years.

This research, conducted by a team of researchers from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRCLEU), at the University of Southampton (UK) has studied the link between bariatric surgery and bone fracture risk.

Earlier, studies have shown that the bariatric surgeries could increase the risk of bone fracture in patients, as the bone density is decreased after the surgery. Generally, higher BMI is associated with increased bone density and protects bones from the fracture risk.

The researchers have compared the stats of fracture rates of people who underwent bariatric surgery between the years 1987 and 2010, to the normal people belonging to the same age group as of the patients. They stats didn’t show anything like increased fracture risk after bariatric surgery within the first three to five years, but a possibility later on.

Bariatric surgery is a surgical treatment for obesity where the doctors insert a gastric band into the stomach of the patient to reduce the size of it, thus limiting the calorie intake.

Bariatric surgery is considered more as a medical emergency to those who are seriously obese, and can’t be compared to liposuction.

As published in British Medical Journal.