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Bariatric surgery linked to longer life

Key clinical point: Bariatric surgery may reduce mortality in obese subjects.

Major finding: Bariatric surgery was associated with a 3-year increase in lifespan.

Study details: A retrospective analysis of patients obese patients (n = 4,047) and the general Swedish population (n = 1,135).

Disclosures: The study was funded by the Swedish Research Council and others. Dr. Courcoulas has no relevant financial disclosures.


Carlsson L et al. N Engl J Med. 2020 Oct 15. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2002449.