Study Shows First Round of Bariatric Surgery May Lower Risk for Serious Liver Disease

A nationwide study at the New York University School of Medicine recently showed that bariatric surgery, like gastric bypass, may lower the risk for serious liver disease. In the trial, patients who received their…

Study Shows First Round of Bariatric Surgery May Lower Risk for Serious Liver Disease

A nationwide study at the New York University School of Medicine recently showed that bariatric surgery, like gastric bypass, may lower the risk for serious liver disease.

In the trial, patients who received their first surgery within one year of the study began to improve their prognosis.

“With many people, their condition has gotten progressively worse,” study lead Dr. Greg Koriznos said. “This type of intervention is really working.”

Koriznos said bariatric surgery may have also improved patients’ longevity and quality of life.

The study on 93 adults ages 36 to 52 who also had severe liver disease was published in Liver Transplantation.

The study found that patients in the gastric bypass group, which reduces the size of the stomach, had a 40 percent lower chance of developing acute liver failure and a 25 percent lower chance of having liver failure if they had already experienced acute liver failure, compared to those who had not undergone the procedure.

According to the World Health Organization, chronic liver disease accounts for 9 million cases a year.

While the results were promising, Koriznos said further research is needed to determine which patients will best benefit from bariatric surgery.

“The most challenging thing is to identify which patients do or don’t have a good prognosis,” he said.

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