Research & Stats

With insurers slow to cover obesity treatment, patients often must foot the bill

“Insurance companies say they want you to be healthy, but they won’t pay for treatment,” said Moss, who recently took a second job as a waitress to chip away at her debt. “It’s frustrating that they want you to be as sick and disabled as possible before they will help.”

More teens get unapproved weight-loss surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A type of weight-loss surgery not approved for adolescents is becoming more and more common among teens in California, according to a report published today.
Most of the patients are white girls, although they make up less than half of overweight youth, researchers say.
From 2005 to 2007, they found rates of so-called gastric banding, in which a silicone band is placed around the top portion of the stomach to restrict food intake, rose five-fold. However,

State probes weight-loss surgery deaths at NYU

State probes weight-loss deaths at NYU
June 13, 2010
The state is investigating NYU Medical Center’s booming weight-loss surgery practice, after three patients perished — including a young lawyer who may have died of thirst — following bariatric procedures, the Post has learned.
Drs. George Fielding and Christine Ren-Fielding, the glamorous husband-and-wife team in charge of the NYU unit, pioneered lap-band surgery — in which a silicone band is looped around the stomach — and performed it on

Bariatric Surgeries Skyrocket, But Quality and Cost Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

Bariatric Surgeries Skyrocket, But Quality and Cost Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals
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Hospital Recipients
Press Release
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Bariatric surgery directed at reducing caloric intake and controlling obesity has been on the rise for over twenty years. In this report, HealthGrades examines recent trends in obesity and bariatric surgery in the U.S. This analysis identifies patient outcomes for inpatient bariatric surgery using three years of data (2006-2008)

Beware “Top Surgeons”..Californians, read this!

This is my third column about the sponsors of the ubiquitous 1-800-GET-THIN billboard campaign sponsored by the Omidis and their business, Top Surgeons. As they roll out new advertising campaigns, the list grows longer of public documents I think people might be interested in reading while pondering their surgery options.