Tag: bariatric surgery

This Week in Research: Bariatric Surgery Doesn’t Work, But Allergy Drops Do

Just because it worked for Star Jones doesn't mean it'll work for you.
Just because it worked for Star Jones doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.

In this series, we look at the newest findings coming out of our area’s top research universities. We’ve got some great minds in Baltimore — let’s learn what they’re learning!

Over the past fifteen years, the number of Americans undergoing bariatric surgery for obesity has skyrocketed; these days, nearly a quarter of a million people get the surgery each year. Although the operation itself is quite costly, doctors and scientists had hopes that it would reduce overall healthcare costs by helping treat chronic obesity. That, it turns out, may have been wishful thinking.