Both Gastric Banding and Bypass Surgery Reduce Medical Costs
Medical Research: What are the main findings?
Dr. Lewis: When performed laparoscopically, both gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding appear to result in lower total medical costs after surgery. Bypass patients see a greater immediate drop in prescription drug costs than band patients – this is not surprising given that we know that this surgery is more likely to induce weight loss and diabetes remission. Unfortunately, bypass patients also have an initial increase in emergency department visits after surgery that is not present for banding patients.
When we compared total annual medical costs between band and bypass, we found no difference between procedures in the first 2 years after surgery. But, by year 3, bypass patients’ total annual medical costs are about 16% lower than those for band patients.