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2008-09-08 12:00:41

Insurers recover their costs for bariatric surgery in two to four years depending on the type of surgery that is performed, according to a new study published today in The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), a peer-reviewed journal on health outcomes research. The study found health care costs for patients who were morbidly obese and had bariatric surgery dropped while costs for morbidly obese patients who did not have surgery continued to rise. The analysis covered six months of...

2008-06-25 21:00:59

By Pam McLoughlin I have had to work pretty hard to talk the occasional patient into bariatric surgery; going "under the knife" is always scary. In general, I work pretty hard to talk our society out of it. If anything in medicine is the proverbial double-edged sword, it's the scalpel blade used to perform a gastric bypass. The case for bariatric surgery is quite compelling. Once obesity develops, it's rather hard to reverse permanently. Testimony to this is found in the multi-billion...

2008-06-24 02:29:21

Weight-loss surgery can reduce the risk of cancer for seriously obese patients by more than 80 per cent, say researchers. A study of almost 7,000 patients found a strong association between bariatric surgery and protection from cancer. Bariatric surgery involves modifications to the stomach or intestines to reduce food intake or calorie absorption. Procedures include inserting "gastric bands" which restrict access to the stomach, removal of part of the stomach, and gastric bypasses...

2006-08-07 17:00:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- Poor physical fitness may raise the odds of serious complications following obesity surgery, a new study suggests. The findings, researchers report in the journal Chest, suggest that obese patients should achieve a certain level of fitness before having the surgery. Weight-loss surgery is becoming an increasingly common treatment for people who are morbidly obese or at least 100 pounds overweight. The surgery can be performed in several ways, but the common goal is...

2006-06-29 14:15:00

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Obese teenagers who had surgery to shrink the size of their stomachs on average lost nearly half their weight in the four years after the procedure, according to a study presented on Thursday at a medical conference. Researchers from the Hospital Sao Camilo in Brazil also said that the laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery eliminated high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes for the teenage patients who had those conditions. "Morbid obesity is a...

2006-06-29 13:28:59

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Obese teenagers who had surgery to shrink the size of their stomachs on average lost nearly half their weight in the four years after the procedure, according to a study presented on Thursday at a medical conference. Researchers from the Hospital Sao Camilo in Brazil also said that the laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery eliminated high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes for the teenage patients who had those conditions. "Morbid obesity is...


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