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Invited Commentary
August 2015

Does Bariatric Surgery Reduce Health Care Costs?Weighing the Evidence

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Surgical Innovation Editor, JAMA Surgery

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JAMA Surg. 2015;150(8):795. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.1095

Bariatric surgery is by far the most effective therapy for morbid obesity and obesity-related conditions, especially type 2 diabetes mellitus. Numerous well-designed observational studies and randomized clinical trials show profound weight loss, high rates of comorbidity resolution, improved quality of life, and decreased mortality after bariatric surgery.1-3