If you have health problems such as type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea, losing weight can help. Eating well and exercising has lots of health benefits in reducing your overall body mass index, but sometimes it just isn’t enough to make you lose enough weight to see a real difference.
Weight loss surgery such as the duodenal switch or lap band procedure could be options for you, but insurance plans and insurance coverage vary with the various insurance companies out there and many times this type of surgery simply is not covered or offers very limited coverage.
If your health insurance covers bariatric surgery, that is great! We will work closely with you to determine what your benefits are during your initial consultation appointment so there are no huge, unexpected surprises. It is important to note that the surgeon’s part of the procedure is separate from the coverage for services that you receive at the hospital, including the anesthesia.
We will contact your insurance company with a letter stating the medical necessity of the procedure and help answer any questions we can to help make the process smooth and stress-free. Once your surgery is scheduled, you will be responsible for any copays or deductibles that need to be met.
If you have no health insurance coverage, depending on the type of surgery you have, the prices will vary. For example, the Obalon Balloon surgery costs as little as $7,500, whereas other surgeries, like the Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, could cost upwards of $15,000 to $20,000. Other surgeries like the Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve surgery or the gastric band surgery are $9,000 to $10,000.
Not sure which one is right for you? Our medical team will talk to you about your medical history and talk to you in detail to determine if you are a candidate. If you are, we will determine what surgery type will work best for you and your body type.
All of our prices include the cost of the surgeon, assistant surgeon, anesthesia, and an uncomplicated hospital stay. If you need additional tests for pre-operative services like an EKG, labs, or sleep studies, there are additional costs for these things that you will need to take into consideration.
If you have health insurance, but bariatric surgery is not covered, you will need to come up with the money to pay for it out of pocket. However, procedures like lab work, sleep studies, or EKGs are oftentimes covered by insurance policies, even if they are related to the surgery.
Our team at WeightWise understands that bariatric surgery can change your life. For this reason, we want to make it as affordable and accessible as possible for each qualifying patient. We know that paying for a surgery like this could be out of reach for some patients. That’s why we offer several convenient financing options that can make it doable, including working with Allegiance Credit Union and Care Credit to finance the procedure.
If you do not want to finance your surgery, paying cash for it is an option. For many patients, this requires planning ahead. It might take months or even years to save the amount of money you need to put towards your medical procedure, but just a little bit of savings each week will add up quickly. Before you know it, you can have the money you need to pay for a large portion of the surgery, then you can finance the rest.
Whatever you choose to do – insurance, cash pay, or financing – our experienced staff members will work one on one with you to answer the questions you have about what each surgery costs and what is included. We know it can be overwhelming at first to decide what the surgery entails, and we are happy to help get everything sorted out with you so you can make the right decision for your health.
Weight loss surgery can change your life. It can put you on the path toward a healthy lifestyle that is free of the weight that has held you down for years. Contact our team at WeightWise to see if bariatric surgery is right for you or watch one of our free online seminars. We are standing by to help!