Bariatric Surgery Cost
Weight Loss Surgery Experts believes in transparency in its prices and cost of bariatric surgery. Below are our prices for our bariatric services.
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Bariatric Surgery Cost: Weight Loss Surgery
It’s no secret that losing weight does take work. Bariatric surgery can help speed up the process for eligible patients. Understanding how much surgery costs, what insurance covers and how to convince your insurance to cover the bill are all important things to learn.
Yes, weight loss surgery is expensive averaging $20,000-$25,000. The price of the weight loss surgery itself depends on the bariatric surgery you’re having, the surgeon & anesthesiologist’s fees, the hospital you choose, follow-up procedures requirements (for gastric banding) and for any consultant fees.
Some insurance companies will cover bariatric surgery. Make sure to read your policy closely and work with your insurer to see what is covered so there are no surprises. Many insurance companies will cover surgery for obese individuals who have serious health conditions such as Type II Diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc. If you don’t have health insurance, many places will allow you to finance the cost of the surgery and make monthly payments.
If you are insured in order to get your major insurance company to cover the surgery, you will need proof that the surgery is medically necessary. Your surgeon can provide them a medical history as well as documentation of all weight-related problems. You must also participate in a physician-supervised diet program for six months until some companies will grant you approval. They want you to demonstrate over this six-month period that you can commit to lifestyle changes required of you after you have weight loss surgery. A psychological and nutritional evaluation also will be required.
After all of these things are completed, the surgeon will send a preauthorization letter to your insurer and will outline all of your medical histories. The insurance company will then review the case. During this period of time, be sure to keep all copies of all communication between you and the insurance company for your record and should a problem arise later.
The insurance company will either agree to cover the surgery, cover a portion of it or deny any coverage at all. You can write a letter of appeal to your insurance company if you feel the offer is not acceptable or just.
Ultimately, the cost of bariatric surgery will vary on a case-to-case basis. However, putting a price tag on the improvement of one’s health and an extended life expectancy is nearly impossible.
Bariatric Surgery Costs in Mexico
The cost of bariatric surgery in Mexico can vary significantly versus the cost in the United States, which is the most attractive reason for patients to bring their surgical needs abroad. There are several different types of bariatric surgery that you can have done, and each has a different average price point associated with it. Some forms of weight loss surgery are naturally more expensive than others, but having the surgery performed in Mexico or in another country abroad is nearly always the more cost-effective option. According to
AllMedicalTourism.com, here are some examples of the cost breakdown differences between surgery in the United States and surgery in Mexico.
- The Gastric Bypass form of weight loss surgery costs an average of $21,000 in the United States, versus an average cost of $12,325 in Mexico.
- The Lap-Band form of weight loss surgery costs an average of $17,500 in the United States, versus an average cost of $7,233 in Mexico.
- The Duodenal Switch form of weight loss surgery costs an average of $25,000 in the United States, versus an average cost of $14,000 in Mexico.
- The Gastric Sleeve form of weight loss surgery costs an average of $15,000 in the United States, versus an average cost of $11,825 in Mexico.
- The Tummy Tuck form of weight loss surgery costs an average of $9,500 in the United States, versus an average cost of $4,400 in Mexico.