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Obesity Surgery Complications on the Decline
Date:4/29/2009

nd sleep apnea -- in bariatric surgery patients more than doubled.
  • The six-month post-surgical death rate remained at about 0.5 percent during the study period.
  • Hospital readmissions due to complications fell from 10 percent to 7 percent, and complication-caused, same-day hospital outpatient visits fell from 15 percent to 13 percent.
  • The researchers said three main factors are behind the decline in complications and costs among obesity surgery patients: increased use of laparoscopy, which allows surgeons to operate through small incisions; increased use of banding procedures without gastric bypass, such as vertical-banded gastroplasty and lap band; and increased surgeon experience.

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    The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about bariatric surgery.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, news release, April 29, 2009


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