Study shows that
Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery is Booming
December 21st, 2005
First reported in the December issue of Archives of Surgery, the study was an
investigation of hospital stays across the US which showed the rates of bariatric operations increased from 12,775 in 1998 to 70,256 in 2002.
There was an increase of laparoscopic bariatric surgery with 0.1
procedures per 100,000 adults in 1998, with 5.9 procedures per 100,000
in 2002. The open bariatric surgery increased as well, from 6.2
procedures per 100,000 in 1998 to 26.8 per 100,000 in 2002. The average
median age of the patients undergoing this procedure was 39 to 42 years
old. They were more often white (85%) and women (86%).
More institutions are offering bariatric surgery, the increase showed
13% in 1998 compared to 32% in 2002. The number of bariatric surgeons
with a membership to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in
increased from 258 members in 1998 compared to 631 members in 2002.
Most patients want the laparoscopic bariatric surgery because it is less
invasive, however they may or may not qualify for that procedure, or the
surgeon is not comfortable with that procedure.
This treatment is successful when all other means of diet, exercise and
drug therapy have failed. The gastric bypass is a life changing
procedure, and weight will be lost. It can help to improve and cure the
following obesity related health problems; diabetes, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.
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