Bariatric Surgery

Can Bariatric Surgery Protect Against Severe Covid-19 Infection?

Dec 30, 2021

Yes, bariatric surgery may help protect against critical Covid-19 infection for people with morbid obesity.

The Link Between Bariatric Surgery And Severe Covid-19 Outcomes
When some Covid-19 positive adults were examined, those who had bariatric surgery fared better than those eligible for the surgery but didn’t opt-in.

A study was conducted to verify the link between severe Covid-19 outcomes and patients that had bariatric surgery to see if bariatric surgery can limit or increase the risk of hospitalization and serious results of Covid-19 infection.

The analysis was done on 124 Covid-19 patients who had bariatric surgery in the past and on 496 Covid-19 patients who were eligible for the surgery. What did the research find out? The findings showed that patients who had bariatric surgery and had lost weight in the past were less likely to:

  • Be admitted via the emergency department
  • Need ventilator if admitted
  • Die as a result of any complications

In addition, patients who had bariatric surgery have shorter stays at the hospital.

What The Results Reveal
What does this result show? The result emphasized a basic fact: The importance of bariatric surgery! If you are over-weight and qualify for bariatric surgery, it is best to take advantage of this surgery to help protect yourself against critical Covid-19 infection and possible death which has shown to be more likely with patients who are obese.

Final Thoughts
Are you eligible for bariatric surgery? It’s best to opt-in for this surgery to add another level of protection against Covid-19 while also eliminating other obesity-related health problems, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, joint disease, asthma, and infertility due to polycystic ovarian syndrome. Need further insight on where to start or the best center to have the surgery? Speak with one of our trained and experienced bariatric surgeons today!