What is the Cost of Lap Band Surgery?

by : Arlene Schneider

Lap band surgery is something that is giving many people a new lease on life. This surgery is allowing many people that suffer from obesity the ability to return to a healthy weight. However, many people want to know the cost of lap band surgery before they begin researching this weight loss option as a solution for their weight problem.

While it is becoming increasingly more common for insurance companies to foot the bill for gastric banding, there are many people who still do not have insurance, eliminating this as an option for them.

Recently, Medicare has made the decision to pay for this minor surgery. Many health care providers have come to the conclusion that the cost of procedure is less than many years of obesity related medical issues.

As time has passed, the price of gastric banding has decreased. When it first started being performed in this country (it was approved by the FDA in 2001), it was priced at about $15,000. This obesity surgery was available in Mexico for about $10,000 at that time. The idea of having this surgery performed in Mexico may bring on apprehension, but this operation has been performed in Mexico for many years and these doctors have performed hundreds of these surgeries.

With that being said, there are new weight loss surgery clinics opening regularly in this country making the price more competitive. In the past few years, the cost of this minor operation is running between $10,000 and $15,000. But in just the past month, I have seen clinics offering this surgery for less than $10,000.
Now this may still seem like a lot of money, but many of the gastric banding facilities now offer financing.

If you are obese and feel this minor surgery would be a good weight loss option for you, the cost of lap band surgery is not the obstacle it used to be. Talking to your physician is a good place to start if you considering weight loss surgery. This surgery can restore your health, but there is a lot to consider before having this procedure.

This procedure is the least invasive of all the types of gastric bypass surgery, requiring only an overnight hospital stay. In most cases you will be back on your feet and back to work within a week. The cost of lap band surgery has made this procedure much more attractive to many people looking to lose more than 100 pounds.