More patients eligible for bariatric surgery, but number of procedures remains small

Advances in surgical techniques and increased knowledge about the effectiveness of the procedure have led to rising rates of bariatric surgery procedures in the United States between 2011 and 2015. Despite this increase, only a very small percentage of eligible patients undergo this potentially lifesaving surgery.“We have 20 million people who qualify for weight loss surgery, and there are about 200,000 cases being done annually,” John Magaña Morton, MD, MPH, chief of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, told Endocrine Today. “I think part of the reason is that there’s still a lack of education around bariatric surgery.”Original Article