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Bariatric Surgery in the Elderly

  • Julie Kim
  • Scott Shikora
  • Michael Tarnoff

Abstract

Advances in health care enable people to live longer and healthier lives than ever before. The average life span is now well into the 70s. This is a dramatic increase since Roman times, when the average life span was only 25 to 30 years. In 1990, more than 30 million people were above the age of 65 in the United States. This figure is estimated to nearly double to 58.9 million, comprising nearly 20% of the population, by the year 2025 (1). Individuals above the age of 65 currently undergo more surgical procedures than any other age group, the incidence of which is only expected to increase over the next several decades (2). This raises many potential areas of concern for all surgeons, including bariatric surgeons.

Keywords

Bariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Morbid Obesity Bariatric Surgeon Laparoscopic Gastric Banding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Kim
    • 1
  • Scott Shikora
    • 1
  • Michael Tarnoff
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryTufts University School of Medicine, Tufts-New England Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryTufts-New England Medical CenterBostonUSA

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