December 17, 2013

15% Fewer Than in 2009

1 Fewer Bariatric Surgeries As Insurers Balk

Health insurance companies may have saved over 2.5 billion dollars by tightening their restrictions on bariatric surgeries, with the result that the rate of bariatric procedures performed is down by roughly 15 percent since the numbers peaked in 2009. According to data provided by government health care agencies, there were 135,000 such surgeries in that year and all indications were that the numbers would continue to climb, but as insurers began increasingly denying coverage, the operations declined; there were only 114,000 performed last year. Some insurers cite the risk of death posed by the surgery, but the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery notes that only 1.3 patients out of a thousand die from any cause within 30 days after the procedure.

More at Prweb.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Shows Promise

Tags: Number of Bariatric Surgeries Performed, Bariatric Surgery Trends, Insurance for Bariatric Surgery, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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2 Man's Severed Hand Saved by Grafting to Leg

A doctor in China saved a man’s hand after it was severed in a workplace accident. Xie Wei saved his severed hand in a cooler of ice for 7 hours before he could find a doctor to help him. In a preliminary operation, Dr. Tang Juyu, a specialist in difficult tissue and wound repair cases, attached Wei’s hand to his calf where there is a good blood supply, while Wei’s damaged arm healed. The hand, which was numb since no nerves were connected, remained on Wei’s calf for about a month before it was successfully reattached in a second operation. Wei is currently resting at home and is able to twist his wrist but does not yet have full movement in his fingers. Doctors said he should achieve a full recovery in about six months.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Scientists Create Functional Rat Liver Grafts

Tags: Nerve Damage, Grafting, Severed Hand Saved by Grafting, Xie Wei, Dr. Tang Juyu, Blood Supply

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