To the Editor We read with interest the article by Bhatti and colleagues1 published in JAMA Surgery. The authors conducted a longitudinal cohort analysis to compare self-harm behavior 3 years before and 3 years after bariatric surgery. They found that the number of self-harm emergencies significantly increased after surgery and that the most common self-harm mechanism was an intentional overdose. Bhatti and colleagues1 suggest screening for suicide risk during follow-up among patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.
Ruan X, Bydalek K, Chiravuri S. Deliberate Self-harm Following Bariatric Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):585. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.5129