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Concerns Raised Over "Stomach Stapling" Surgery for Obese

Demand is skyrocketing for "stomach stapling" bariatric surgeries, which shrink the stomach to help the obese lose weight. The number of procedures performed in the United States jumped to 103,000 last year from about 16,000 in the early 1990s. Analysts say many factors are driving the frenzy, including a rise in obesity, the advent of less-invasive surgical techniques and publicity from celebrities. But as health insurers grapple with mounting medical costs, the $30,000 procedure is coming...

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