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Bariatric Surgery Death Rates Plumet And Diabetes, Obesity Rates Rise

To celebrate its 13th year on the air, "Sound Medicine" will be speaking with former guests about changes in their fields since their original interviews. According to David Flum, M.D., who first spoke with "Sound Medicine" in 2006, the risk factors of bariatric surgery have completely changed. Because of changes in patient selection and education and, most importantly, Medicare requirements, the death rate from bariatric surgery has gone from 3 percent to 0.2 percent over the past 15 years. Dr. Flum says the problem now is managing the ever-increasing rates of diabetes and obesity.