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Study finds bariatric surgery growing; quality, safety disparities noted
Modern Healthcare

The number of bariatric surgeries being performed in the U.S. continues to rise, but the quality and safety of these procedures varies widely from one hospital to another, according to a newly released study. In its fifth annual study of bariatric surgery trends, Golden, Colo.-based HealthGrades assessed more than 190,000 bariatric surgery discharges from 684 hospitals in 19 states from 2006 through 2008. Researchers used that data to assign hospitals one of three ratings to indicate best-, average- and poor-performing facilities—a ranking that was significantly affected by the volume of bariatric surgeries hospitals performed each year.