Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs

Anyone struggling with obesity, traditional weight loss methods may fail to provide the desired weight drop. Such people, whose obesity is causing serious health-related problems, have a chance of seeking another method of providing an answer to obesity such as gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. The total cost of gastric sleeve procedure becomes quite clear after the surgery, and it depends on how long the patient is hospitalized and how the patient’s condition is and of course on the patient’s insurance or financing plan.

Gastric SleeveA gastric sleeve procedure involves the work of several specialists including a bariatric surgeon and nurses.  Out of the pocket costs typically include after-care counseling on nutrition and exercise. Therefore, the final fee for the entire surgery may include the following costs:

  • Weight loss surgeon’s fees
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Hospitalization fees
  • Lab work and X-ray fees
  • Pre and Post-Op appointment fees
  • Ground transportation

Many bariatric programs work with companies that offer loans for patients who want to undergo bariatric surgery but do not have insurance coverage. While insurance is normally the best way to go when you are considering weight loss surgery, many procedures are not covered by insurance, and most people considering weight loss surgery cannot pay a medical fee of over $20,000 to lose weight. However, there are also other ways for financing weight loss surgery such as:

  • A secured or unsecured medical loan
  • Private insurance
  • Medicare or Medicaid
  • A payment plan through a surgeon
  • Retirement plan loan
  • Life insurance policy loan
  • Loan from family and friends

The following are a few cost comparisons of gastric sleeve surgery fees:

United States

The Average weight loss surgery cost can range from $17,000 to $30,000 in the United States. California is the state with the highest number of bariatric surgeries performed each year, representing 19% of the procedures performed in the United States as well as one of the most expensive states for bariatric surgery. The costs related to bariatric surgery is in the United States is almost 4 times the costs in Mexico.

Mexico

The low costs associated with bariatric surgery in Mexico do not discount the quality of services that are available. It offers the best quality gastric sleeve surgery for the most affordable prices. The cost of the gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico is typically one-third of the price in the United States. Its prices range anything from $4,000 to $12,500. For packages including hospital & hotel stay, pre and post-Op medication, surgery and anesthesia and ground transportation in Mexico will set you off about $5000, which is an absolute bargain. Another thing to keep in mind is that the level of care in Mexico is on par with Canada and the United States.

Canada

Canada and the United States have the highest costs for bariatric surgery in the world. Both the Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass procedures are covered in almost all of Canada. However, the average wait time for weight loss surgery in Canada is 5 years and the estimated waiting time at public facilities can lag from 7 – 15 years depending on the province you are in. Fortunately, you do have two practical options if you do not want to wait that long. Consider the following options:

  • You can have your insurance pay for you to have gastric sleeve surgery outside of your province but they may not cover any expenses other than the surgery itself
  • Alternatively, you can opt to finance the surgery on your own and receive treatment in a private facility. A self-pay cost may range in excess of $20,000 plus. Some surgeons will offer self-pay discounts or payment plans when asked. Hospital charges make up the largest part of the bill, and other pre-op costs such as testing and office visits are included in the fee as well.

United Kingdom

To get a gastric sleeve surgery privately in the UK will cost you from £7,995 up to £15,000 and in some cases, most clinics provide finance packages to help you with the cost of your surgery. This process generally involves an initial deposit followed by small monthly payments over a period of the agreement but there is a catch to this, some clinics do charge an interest rate through the course of the payment. The one thing to keep in mind is that fees are determined on a case-by-case basis and depending on your overall health prior to the surgery, the actual price you will pay may differ considerably. Patients who can prove that they have tried dieting, exercising, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 40 or a BMI of 35 have a chance of being accepted for surgery on the NHS.

Australia

The cost of gastric sleeve surgery in Australia is about $16,000 – $18,000 without insurance (after Medicare rebates) and $4,000 – $6,000 with private insurance. There is an initial surgeon consultation fee of about $100 – $200 where the final amount will depend on a number of aspects, including:

  • Hospital fees
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Surgical assistant’s fees
  • Anesthetist’s fees
  • Prescribed medication fees

Although private insurance in Australia usually covers weight loss surgery, you still have out of pocket fees over and above what the insurance companies cover that range between $1,700 and $5,300 after Medicare reimbursements. Once you join a health fund, getting approved for surgery will take 12 months

Costa Rica

Gastric sleeve surgery in Costa Rica is relatively inexpensive and will cost you from $9,000 – $10,000 for the weight loss procedure – an option for people seeking a reasonable and effective weight loss surgical solution abroad. There are leading hospitals in Costa Rica that are equipped with ultra-modern equipment and use the most advanced techniques to perform weight loss surgeries. English is widely spoken so there are no language barriers, which allows easy communication with the surgeons, support staff and locals and in terms of waiting times, there are none for surgical procedures such as a vertical gastric sleeve.