March 14th, 2011

AHA Offers Qualified Endorsement of Weight-Loss Surgery

For the first time, the AHA has offered a qualified endorsement of bariatric surgery. The scientific statement, published in Circulation, states that bariatric surgery is a relatively safe procedure that can lead to long-term weight loss and significantly improve health in appropriately selected obese patients who have been unable to lose weight nonsurgically.

But, said Paul Poirier, the lead author of the statement, in an AHA press release, “it is not an across-the-board endorsement of bariatric surgery for the severely obese. It is a consensus document that provides expert perspective based on the results of recent scientific studies.”

The statement notes that surgical weight loss can “completely reverse established diabetes mellitus in a large percentage of subjects” and results in improvements in lipids, inflammation, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, and cardiac function. The report states that “there is increasing, although not definitive, evidence that bariatric surgery provides a significant survival benefit.”



One Response to “AHA Offers Qualified Endorsement of Weight-Loss Surgery”

  1. Anil Virmani, MD, DRM says:

    There is no doubt that bariatric surgery is useful in morbidly obese, but the judicious selection of patients ,taking into account their personality profile is of the utmost importance.The so called “complete reversal of diabetes” is yet to be observed on a long term basis.

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