Over an average follow-up of 5 years, one in 10 patients who underwent bariatric surgery used #mentalhealth service afterwards, according to findings published in JAMA Psychiatry.
“Several recent studies have highlighted a concern that bariatric surgery may exacerbate psychiatric conditions, especially deliberate self-harm and suicide,” David J. R. Morgan, MBBS, of St. John of God Subiaco Hospital in Perth, Australia, and colleagues wrote. “In response to this, major professional #bariatric societies currently recommend that potential surgical candidates should have either no active severe [psychopathology] or drug dependency problems and/or have undergone psychological assessment before surgery.”
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Researchers conducted a longitudinal cohort study to better understand the link between #bariatricsurgery and broader #mentalhealth outcomes, such as the incidence of outpatient, ED and inpatient #mentalhealth service use. They examined data on patients undergoing their first #bariatricsurgery in Western Australia over a 10-year period to determine the incidence and predictors for #mentalhealth presentations, deliberate self-harm and #suicide associated with the timing of #bariatricsurgery.
Overall, 24,766 patients (77.3% women) underwent #bariatricsurgery. In total, 3,979 patients (16.1%) used at least one #mentalhealth service. Of these, 1,401 patients (35.2%) presented only before surgery, 1,025 (25.8%) presented both before and after surgery, and 1,550 patients (39%) presented only after surgery.
After #bariatricsurgery, Morgan and colleagues reported an increase in outpatient clinic attendance (incidence rate ratio [IRR] = 2.3; 95% CI, 2.3-2.4), ED attendance (IRR = 3; 95% CI, 2.8-3.2) and psychiatric hospitalization (IRR = 3; 95% CI, 2.8-3.1).
The results also showed that presentations to the ED due to deliberate self-harm increased nearly 5-fold after surgery (IRR = 4.7; 95% CI, 3.8-5.7). Overall, #suicides accounted for about 10% of post-operative deaths.
Some risk factors of self-harm or #suicidalideation after first #bariatric surgery included younger age; higher socioeconomic status; self-harm, #suicidalideation, mental disorders due to psychoactive substance abuse, or mood disorders before their surgery. Complications after index surgery requiring further surgical intervention were also associated with later #mentalhealth presentations.
“Our findings question the hypothesis that weight reduction by #bariatric surgery will improve #mentalhealth in patients with obesity,” the investigators wrote. “Whether using a preoperative psychological assessment, as recommended by the current guidelines, can identify those at risk and improve their mental health outcomes, to our knowledge, remains scientifically unproven.” – by Savannah Demko