View Full Version : Bariatric surgery doesn't reduce long-term costs

07-18-12, 04:32 PM
By Genevra Pittman
NEW YORK | Mon Jul 16, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Weight-loss surgery may not end up saving money - at least among older men, suggests a new study of obese veterans.

It's known that surgery itself is expensive, but prior research hinted that people who undergo bariatric procedures may end up needing less, and therefore cheaper, care in the years following.

That evidence was largely based on younger and middle-aged women, the demographic that most often undergoes weight-loss surgery. In the new study, health-related spending dropped off for the mostly middle-aged, male patients after the procedure - but over three years costs never dropped significantly below that of obese men who didn't have surgery.

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