At an average of about 11 million people in the United States suffer from morbid obesity. These are statistically high level based on the total population of the United States. It has also been determined that obesity is the leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for more than half a million deaths every year. Because of these high numbers of deaths and obesity, the Bariatric Centers of America have had to increase the number of available clinics in order to help those escape death from obesity.
The numbers of surgical procedures performed each and every year continues to climb. Back in 1995 the number of bariatric surgeries performed was well over 200,000 and a years later these numbers climbed to over 120,000 bariatric surgeries. Statistically speaking of course the breakdown of surgeries performed over this time period comes to 103,000 in 2003 and 144,000 on 2004. Over the course of a ten year period from 1993 to 2003 the number of procedures performed increased 60%.
The average bariatric surgery patient is roughly 30 years of age and the costs are roughly $30,000 per surgery performed or just under $10.2 billion U.S. Dollars worth of procedures performed between 1995 and 2005
On an average a person who undergoes a gastric bypass procedure will spend about 3.9 days in the hospital following the bariatric surgery. This has accounted for over 150,000 days worth of hospital stays over the last 5 years and will continue to increase even though the individual length of stay will decrease.
On top of all of this, the number of bariatric surgeons has also increased over 500% leaving the bariatric surgery profession one of the fastest surgical fields in America.
Unfortunately the concept of not becoming just another statistic cannot be controlled in the bariatric surgery profession. As long as there continues to be deaths associated with morbid obesity and the number of persons around the world who are morbidly obese continues to climb, the world will watch the profession closely.
For more information on statistics associated with bariatric surgeries you can speak to your doctor or even check with the Center for Disease Control.