What Is the Safest Weight Loss Surgery for Men and Women over 50 Years of Age?

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If you’re concerned your age may be a barrier for experiencing the benefits of weight loss surgery, we have good news. Though it largely depends on your overall health and unique needs, recent studies show weight loss surgery may be safe for those in their 60s, 70s, and even for some in their 80s. It may also significantly reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke in those who have type 2 diabetes. 

Beltre Bariatrics offers a complete range of bariatric and metabolic surgery options, and the correct option for you will depend on your unique anatomy, metabolism, medical history, specific weight loss goals and ability to commit to long-term lifestyle changes. Our surgical options include:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy
    This procedure surgically removes a large portion of the stomach, reducing it’s volume by about 70 percent. This procedure results in substantial weight loss and may be more appropriate for older adults due to its low rate of complications and morbidity.
  • Gastric bypass
    This surgical procedure divides the stomach into two sections by creating a small pouch out of the main stomach. The small intestine is then is connected to the small pouch. This helps you feel fuller faster and with less food. This procedure is effective for older patients and has a low rate of complications and morbidity. 
  • Gastric band
    Also known as a lap band, the gastric band is an inflatable silicone device that is placed around the top portion of the stomach to decrease food consumption. This is a semi-permanent solution that has a very low morbidity rate and is safe for older adults.

While age is often related to an increase in perioperative complications, bariatric surgery is a safe and feasible option for individuals over the age of 50. Older individuals may experience less weight loss and subsequent issues with vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, however the benefits often far outweigh the risks.

If you’d like to discover the safest weight loss surgery option for your unique needs, call 321-499-6505 to schedule an initial consultation. The Beltre Bariatrics weight loss specialists look forward to helping you along each step of your weight loss journey.

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