The population of patients with nonmorbid obesity represents a large number of patients with a high overall burden of weight-related comorbidities. Some experts recommended broadening of the eligibility criteria for bariatric surgery that would reach more patients who might benefit from it.
The California Technology Assessment Forum provided a report that examines the value and effectiveness of bariatric surgery medications, devices and procedures.
Washington established the Health Technology Assessment program to determine if the state government’s health services are safe and effective. The program’s goals are to increase patient safety, make coverage decisions more consistent, increase the efficacy of state-purchased health care, and create a transparent system.
The following position statement is issued by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in response to numerous inquires made to the Society by patients, physicians, society members, hospitals, and others regarding the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery for patients with Class 1 obesity. In this statement, available data are summarized and recommendations for treatment are made regarding bariatric surgery for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-35 kg/m2 based on…