Study: Bariatric surgery complications lower at some hospitals

11/27/2006 | Reuters

A new survey of bariatric surgery trends indicates that in-hospital outcomes from the weight-loss surgery vary widely from one hospital to another, and the lowest complication rates are seen at the hospitals that perform the procedure most often. The survey, from HealthGrades, found that bariatric surgeries increased by 34% from 2002 to 2004 in the 17 states included in the study, and about 10% of patients experienced an in-hospital complication, with two patients for every 1,000 procedures dying.

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