Bariatric Surgery in the Elderly Patient: Safety and Short-time Outcome. A Case Match Analysis

  • Myrian Vinan-Vega
  • Tamara Diaz Vico
  • Enrique F. ElliEmail author
Original Contribution



Indications and outcomes of bariatric surgery in the elderly remain controversial. We aimed to evaluate and compare safety and early outcomes of bariatric procedures in this age group.

Study Design

We performed a retrospective case-control study of Mayo Clinic bariatric surgery patients from January 1, 2016, to January 31, 2018. Data collection included surgery type, sex, age, body mass index (BMI), and comorbidities (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)). Patients aged 65 years old or older were matched with controls younger than 65 years by body mass index (BMI). We assessed length of stay (LOS), perioperative and early postoperative outcomes, short-term weight loss, and complications.


We included 150 bariatric patients, with a case-to-control ratio of 1:2. After laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, no significant difference was found in LOS between groups (2.4 vs 2.6 days; P = 0.52), 1-month BMI difference (3.35 vs 3.88; P = 0.17), mean nadir excess BMI loss (%EBL) (22.14 vs 23.2; P = 0.75), or complication rate (0% vs 3.3%; P > 0.99). Similarly, the laparoscopic or robotic-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) cohort showed no difference in LOS (2.65 vs 2.54 days; P = 0.68), 1-month BMI difference (4.72 vs 4.53; P = 0.68), %EBL (31.7 vs 26.6; P = 0.13), or complication rate (11.7% vs 5.71%; P = 0.43).


Although the sample size is small to draw definitive conclusions, bariatric surgery in patients 65 years or older seems to be safe, with similar outcomes and complication rates as in younger patients, regardless of procedure performed.


Bariatric surgery Body mass index Elderly patient Laparoscopic robotic-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric bypass Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy 


Author Contributions

Conception and design of the work: All authors

Drafting the manuscript: Dr. Vinan-Vega

Critical review of the manuscript for important intellectual content: all authors

Manuscript supervision: Dr. Elli

Approval of the version to be published: all authors

We certify that all authors of this manuscript have participated in conceptualizing the research or content of the manuscript, in writing or critically editing the manuscript, and/or in analysis of data presented in the manuscript. Consent to submit has been received from all co-authors.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

For this type of study, formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General SurgeryMayo ClinicJacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMayo ClinicJacksonvilleUSA

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