BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGBP) is a commonly performed surgical intervention for morbid obesity. Some authors considered age > or =55 years as a relative contraindication to bariatric surgery. We examined the operative outcomes, weight loss, hospital stay and resolution of co-morbidities in patients > or =55 years old compared with those or =55 years old (13.7%) were compared to the remaining patients. RESULTS: Analysis of the 48 patients > or =55 years old compared with 302 patients or =55 years. The older patients had more serious complications and lost less weight; however, their weight loss and resolution of co-morbidities improved their quality of life. Age should not be a contraindication to bariatric surgery.
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