Weight-loss operations balloon

The number of bariatric procedures in the United States grew ninefold between 1998 and 2004, and the inpatient death rate declined over the same period from 0.89% to 0.19%. Men were nearly three times more likely to die as women. No post-discharge mortality data were collected.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Researchand Quality, Statistical Brief 23, “Bariatric Surgery Utilization in 1998 and 2004.”

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