How did weight-loss surgery affect long-term health care expenses?

What The Study Did: This observational study of nearly 10,000 veterans with severe obesity compared health care expenditures for veterans who had weight-loss surgery with those who didn’t during up to 10 years of follow-up.

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Authors: Matthew L. Maciejewski, Ph.D., of the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, is the corresponding author.

(doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.3732)

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