Bariatric surgery saves on drug costs

Researchers from Deakin University looked at the medicines used by nearly 10,000 patients who had laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in 2007, comparing drug use prior to surgery and two years afterwards.

They found the use of diabetes medications was reduced by $30 per person, a 47% reduction, following surgery.

Cardiovascular medications were also reduced by $29, a 17% reduction, and medications for psychiatry, rheumatic and inflammatory disorders and asthma were also reduced.

However, pain medication use increased