I'm having such a hard time finding comprehensive and RECENT statistics on WLS.
I am specifically looking for mortality and morbidity stats for the different types of procedures. "they" say that the band is much safer than RNY... but how much safer?
I know these are all surgeon specific... but I want overall
/big picture stats (with the understanding that they vary a bit). I am nowhere near choosing a surgeon, and just trying to learn about WLS in general.
Also... this one really bugs me and I can't find a THING about it online. What is the mortality rate for being morbidly obese? For example, as a 33 year old 350 lb woman... what are the odds of me dying due to obesity/obesity-related complications in the next 5 years? I want to compare that statistic to the odds of me dying due to getting the surgery. (Yes, I know these are all patient specific and co-morbidites are important. But how can I go about weighing my choices when I don't even know the relative risks of getting surgery versus not getting surgery?)
I am such a number nerd. I always want numbers and data in order to wrap my head around something. I know these figures have got to be out there somewhere. Can someone point me to a good source?? Or does anyone have insights into this type of information I'm trying to find?
Thanks so much!