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Bariatric Surgery—More Than Just an Operation

Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, MS1,2,3; Carol Lindsay-Westphal, PhD1,4
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1Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
3Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
4Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(3):232-233. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.3396.
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Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment of morbid obesity with a proven survival benefit.1,2 To view bariatric surgery as simply a weight loss procedure is misguided and can lead to inappropriate expectations and potentially dangerous consequences.

The preoperative approval process is rigorous and, unfortunately, not fully evidence based. Payers have set forth many requirements without significant attention to the perceived benefits or risks of delayed treatment. These requirements may include participation in supervised weight loss; medical clearance through cardiac, pulmonary, and general medical testing; a sleep study; and a mental health evaluation to assess treatment of existing psychiatric diagnoses or to diagnose new mental health conditions.

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