Are We Pricing Ourselves Out of the Market in Bariatric Surgery?

Jones Jr., Kenneth B.
July 2011
Obesity Surgery;Jul2011, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p928
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the high cost of bariatric surgery in the U.S. compared to other countries. He urges U.S. doctors to reduce the price they charge overweight patients for bariatric surgery without compromising better outcomes to improve the nation's image among third-party payers. He adds that doctors disregard the request of patients to have laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) which is safer than the open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (ORYGB). He claims that integrating left subcostal incision with ORYGB reduces costs and incisional hernias.


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