Role of Flexible Endoscopy in the Practice of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery underwent an explosion in terms of patient demand, the number of procedures performed, and the number of surgeons performing it from the years 1998 to 2003. Since then, the insurance industry has successfully limited the growth of this field with blanket denials for coverage, adopting policies that require expensive riders for bariatric coverage, and otherwise limiting expenditures for bariatric surgery with the undocumented excuse that the rise in volume has led to increased complications. This has served to halt the beneficial spread of the only known successful treatment for the comorbid medical problems caused by severe obesity.
KeywordsBariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Morbid Obesity Balloon Dilatation Vertical Band Gastroplasty
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