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03.07.2020 | Original Contributions | Ausgabe 11/2020

Obesity Surgery 11/2020

Insurance-Related Delay in Access to Bariatric Surgery, Is It Helpful as Is Thought?

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Obesity Surgery > Ausgabe 11/2020
Autoren:
Emiliano Domeniconi, Carlos Martin Esquivel, Manuel Garcia, Matias Sosa, Pablo Arias, Fernando Martínez Lascano, José María Foscarini
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Abstract

Background

In Argentina, health insurances demand a 24-month duration preoperative weight loss program (POWLP) before bariatric surgery. It is unknown whether it enhances weight loss before or after surgery, or even if it is related to comorbidity remission. The main objective of this study was to determine its effectiveness and reliability.

Methods

An observational, longitudinal, retrospective study was carried out from June 2009 to December 2016, enrolling patients who underwent bariatric surgery in Sanatorio Allende Hospital of Cordoba, Argentina. Patients were divided into three groups according time-to-surgery from preoperative assessment initiation (A = before the 6th month, B = from 6th to 24th month, and C = over 24th month; all related to the first visit as previously mentioned). BMI, %EWL, comorbidity remission BMI, %EWL, comorbidity remission, and complications rate were assessed after surgery at 1, 3, 6, 12 months, and then annually until the 5th postoperative year. Revisional surgeries were excluded.

Results

Three hundred seventy-six patients were recruited. There were no significant differences in the preoperative and postoperative weight loss, neither co-morbidities resolution between groups.

Conclusions

Insurance-related delay in access to bariatric surgery is not associated to any benefit in comorbidity remission, as well as any improvement in weight loss in all groups studied.

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