(HealthDay News) — Gastric bypass surgery may save healthcare dollars down the road, a new study presented at ObesityWeek 2015 suggests.
For the study, the researchers compared 823 obese people who had laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery with 786 obese people who did not have weight-loss surgery.
The investigators found that in each of the 4 years after surgery, the patients’ healthcare costs decreased by 12%, 28%, 37%, and 35%, respectively. There were even larger reductions in healthcare costs for those who had type 2 diabetes: 23%, 49%, 61%, and 69%, respectively. Healthcare costs for those who had gastric bypass surgery were $7592 less per patient over 4 years than for those who did not have the surgery.
Additionally, the authors added, among patients with diabetes, healthcare costs for those who had gastric bypass surgery were $22 609 less per patient over 4 years than for those who did not have the surgery, a savings of 78%. Furthermore, the researchers found that about 70% of patients with diabetes also saw a remission of their disease after surgery.
The average cost of the gastric bypass surgery in the study was $25 238, according to the report.
- Brethauer SA, Ponce J, Rosenthal RJ, Nguyen NT, Morton JM. A106: Bariatric Surgery Reduces National Healthcare Utilization in the Long-Term. Presented at ObesityWeek; November 2-6, 2015; Los Angeles, CA.