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Medical News and Perspectives
April 9, 2003

Surgery for Obesity

JAMA. 2003;289(14):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1761

As bariatric surgery for the treatment of patients with morbid obesity surges in popularity in the United States, ethical and scientific questions about the approach are mounting.

While bariatric surgery has been performed since the 1960s, improvements in laproscopic methods and a 1991 Consensus Statement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that established criteria for eligibility for surgical treatment of morbid obesity opened the door for insurance coverage and set the stage for an explosive increase in its use.

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