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Weight-Loss Surgery Won't Cut Obesity-Related Medical Costs: Study
Date:2/20/2013

e visits, but higher inpatient costs. The study authors added that any reductions in medical costs in the first few years after laparoscopic surgery were not sustained in the long term.

"The results of our study are important because they demonstrate that bariatric surgery does not lower overall health care costs in the long term and we found no evidence that any one type of surgery is more likely to reduce long-term health care costs," concluded Weiner. "Future studies should focus on the potential benefit of improved health and well-being of patients undergoing the procedure rather than on cost savings."

The study was published in the Feb. 20 online edition of the journal JAMA Surgery.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about weight-loss surgery.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, news release, Feb. 20, 2013


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