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Weight reduction surgery quadruples in US in four years

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 14 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:128
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The number of US residents undergoing surgery for weight loss more than quadrupled between 1998 and 2002—from 13 386 to 71 733. Part of the increase was due to a 900% increase in operations on patients aged 55-64, says the first national estimate based on hospital and insurance claims data (Health Affairs 2005;24:1039-46).

    In the same period, hospital costs for bariatric surgery increased more than sixfold, from $157m (£90m; £131m) to $948m a year. The average cost per surgery increased by roughly 13%, from $11 705 to $13 215, says the study from …

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