When choosing weight loss surgery, the cost is often a major factor in whether the surgery is actually administered. Ultimately, the cost of the surgery itself may vary depending on the location.
Typically, the price of Gastric Sleeve falls in between the cost of Gastric Band and Gastric Bypass. Based on a 2013 surgery by Obesity Coverage, the average cost of surgery has dropped to around $17,000. This number is typically what someone will pay without any insurance coverage. Surprisingly, this number is less than that of what a hospital would actually bill an insurance company.
What does the price mean?
Many believe that just because a price is lower that means a surgeon is less skilled. Absolutely not. This price is determined by a hospital or maybe even the surgeon. They may choose lower prices to encourage more patients to endure the surgery and also make it more available to a large range of people from all economic backgrounds.
Is it covered by insurance?
Most of the time, Gastric Sleeve is not covered by insurance. For those who are morbidly obese however and are having Gastric Sleeve as a part of a process to have Gastric bypass, it most often is covered. Oftentimes, surgeons will book patients for this dual procedure knowing they will lose enough weight with the first procedure and not require the bypass, so that insurance will cover their procedure.
Ultimately, it depends on one’s overall health if an insurance company feels that the surgery will benefit you from developing other medical conditions in the future because of your weight.
After Surgery Costs
After surgery, a patient must continuously visit a nutritionist. Follow-up visits to their surgeons are typically free. Compared to gastric band or gastric bypass, the amount of follow-up is lower, leading to lower after surgery costs. If any complications occur, typically the treatment will be covered by the hospital if the surgery itself was.
When choosing to endure weight loss surgery, you are choosing to change your lifestyle and eating right and getting healthier. Some costs to consider are: a gym membership, nutrition supplements (needed after surgery and throughout life), new clothes, cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin and even more money for food.
Always take great consideration into account when determining if gastric sleeve surgery is for you. Ask questions that make your decision easier. Make sure you understand all the underlying financial responsibilities before choosing to go under the knife.