|Authors||Henkel DS, Remington PL, Athens JK, Gould JC|
|Journal||WMJ Volume: 109 Issue: 1 Pages: 21-7|
|Publish Date||2010 Feb|
The prevalence of morbid obesity is increasing throughout Wisconsin and the United States. In 2004, we published a study, “Trends in Bariatric Surgery for Morbid Obesity in Wisconsin.” We determined that surgery rates were increasing but felt the demand exceeded the capacity of the surgeons. This is a 6-year follow-up.Data was gathered from 3 sources: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, and a survey administered to Wisconsin bariatric surgeons.From 2003-2008, an average of 2.8% of Wisconsin adults were morbidly obese. Although the number of bariatric surgeries performed in Wisconsin remained steady (1311 surgeries in 2003 and 1343 in 2008), the types of procedures shifted from open gastric bypass (73% in 2003) to laparoscopic gastric bypass (80% in 2008). The rate of surgery was 1 for every 100 morbidly obese adults. The majority of surgeons surveyed (70%) report that a lack of insurance benefits is the biggest barrier to performing bariatric surgery.The prevalence of morbid obesity continues to increase in Wisconsin compared to our previously published data. Bariatric surgery volumes have remained stable but the type of procedure has changed. Approximately 1% of bariatric surgery candidates have surgery each year.