The Bariatrics Boom
Over the last 20 years, obesity has become a disease of epidemic proportions, and the prevalence of this complex disease continues to rise. Amid this epidemic, opportunities abound for companies with surgical and nonsurgical solutions, making this market one of the hottest new growth areas for medical technology companies. At this year's meeting of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), manufacturers showcased some of the latest surgical solutions for treating obesity and the morbidly obese.
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