Bariatric surgery 'reduces pregnancy complications for obese women'

A new study has indicated that women who undergo bariatric surgery to treat obesity enjoy lower risks of medical and obstetric complications when they become pregnant.

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Faculty of Health Sciences, Israel, say that the risk of gestational diabetes alone drops by 60 per cent when an obese woman has bariatric surgery before getting pregnant.

Published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics - FIGO's monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal - the study also points to lower rates of hypertensive disorders, severe pre-eclampsia, diabetes mellitus and anemia following bariatric surgery.

Conducted between 1988 and 2006, Professor Eyal Sheiner and Dr Adi Weintraub's study did indicate that those women who had experienced such surgery were more likely to have a caesarian section during childbirth.

Earlier this month, a study conducted by Dr Nisa Maruthur and colleagues at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, indicated that a failure to undergo regular screening could put obese women at greater risk of developing breast cancer.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19094131-ADNFCR