News Items From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Electronic newsletter #206, August 4, 2006
MedSun: Newsletter #7, September 2006

Obesity Surgery Complication Rates Higher Over Time

Four of every 10 obesity surgery patients develop a complication, such as a hernia, within 6 months of leaving the hospital, according to a new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study. The study is the most extensive to date on post-surgical complications from obesity operations based on insurance claims data. The researchers found that the complication rate among non-elderly obesity surgery patients with private insurance increased by 81 percent following hospital discharge—from 22 percent while they were still hospitalized to 40 percent by the end of the 180-day study period. The study, Healthcare Utilization and Outcomes after Bariatric Surgery, was published in the August 2006 issue of Medical Care.


Task Force Issues Recommendation on Hereditary Hemochromatosis Screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new recommendation against routine genetic screening for hereditary hemochromatosis in the asymptomatic general population (Rating: D Recommendation). This is the first time the Task Force has made a recommendation on hereditary hemochromatosis screening. The recommendation appears in the August 1, 2006, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Additional Information:

Obesity Surgery Complications - Additional Information
http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2006/obessurgpr.htm

PubMed® Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt= AbstractPlus&list_uids=16862031&query_hl=3&itool=pubmed_docsum

Summary of Hereditary Hemochromatosis Screening Recommendations
http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspshemoch.htm


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