Weight loss surgery is found to be cost effective over 10 years and can save healthcare systems money over a lifetime, stated study published in British Journal of Surgery. Researchers used a decision-analytic model to come to their conclusion.
Weight-loss surgery was associated with reduced average costs to the UK National Health Service by €2742 (£1944), and a gain of 0.8 life-years and 4.0 quality-adjusted life years over a lifetime compared with usual care. It also had the potential to reduce the lifetime risks of obesity-related cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
The results emphasize the clinical benefit of weight-loss surgery and the monetary gains that result from avoiding obesity-related illnesses.