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Date:8/12/2011

s from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2003 to 2008. The proportion of laparoscopic weight-loss procedures jumped from about 20 percent at the start of the study period to more than 90 percent by 2008.

The in-hospital mortality rate related to these procedures fell from 0.21 percent to 0.10 percent during that time, and membership in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery surged 95 percent -- from 931 to 1,819.

Overall, the number of bariatric operations peaked in 2004 with 135,985 procedures performed, the study found. In 2008, just under 125,000 bariatric surgeries were undertaken.

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The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides more information on bariatric surgery.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Journal of the American College of Surgeons, news release, Aug. 8, 2011


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