Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs
Most people considering bariatric surgery for weight loss spend several years evaluating their options. There is a lot to learn about all the different factors involved in undergoing this transformative procedure. It will affect your physically and mentally. It takes time to prepare.
Will insurance cover my surgery?
Most major insurance companies will cover your surgery, but your surgery must be preapproved. Preapproval requires that you meet certain requirements including screening tests and medical necessity. Whether your policy will provide coverage depends on your specific details. Our responsibility is to help you obtain authorization, and at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ we have dedicated staff to help. When you don’t have coverage, our experienced staff will work with you to secure a medical loan to finance essential medical care, with reasonable interest rates or provide other payment options.
Even when you receive approval, there will be some services that may not be covered, such as psychological screening. Out of pocket costs depend on your insurance benefits, and these costs generally will need to be paid before your surgery.
Out of pocket costs after surgery may include:
- Vitamins and supplements
- Behavior modification therapy
- Exercise and nutritional counseling.
Obesity is more expensive than bariatric surgery
The costs of being obese are well documented with regard to medical expenses, lower wages and absenteeism. The annual costs of being obese have been reported as approximately $4,789 more annually than for a woman of average weight. And, obese men pay an annual $2,646.00 premium.*
Studies report that obese adults spend 42% more on direct health care costs (medical costs) than adults at a healthy weight. Over your lifetime, the higher costs of obesity are similar to those for smoking, or four times more over your life than bariatric surgery.
At Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of New Jersey, we think the facts show that bariatric surgery pays for itself financially, and importantly it will vastly improve your quality of life. Here’s why:
- Obesity comes with lots of expensive health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, arthritis, stroke, heart disease, gallbladder disease, postmenopausal breast cancer, and colon cancer.
- A BMI above 30 increases you risk of premature death by 50-100% compared to people at a normal weight.
- And sadly, obese people marry less often, and unmarried obese people are poorer.
- Obese people pay more for Gasoline, funeral costs are higher, travel is costlier, and larger clothes are more expensive.
The more you understand the association between obesity costs and the cost of weight loss surgery, the more confident you’ll be that surgery is the right decision for you.
You can actually reduce your healthcare costs long term by over 30%!
Can you afford not to have bariatric surgery?
The cost of doing nothing is much greater than the financial and personal costs of obesity. Your physical and mental health will improve. Taking control of your life can give you the confidence to make the lifestyle changes necessary to keep the weight off.
Contact Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ to discover the life-changing benefits of bariatric surgery.
*Stop Obesity Alliance Fast Facts, School of Public Health & Health Services, The George Washington University. www.stopobesityalliance.org.
Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ bariatric surgery center with offices in Somerset, Marlboro, Edison, Princeton, East Brunswick, and Hamilton, NJ is here to help you. Our renowned bariatric surgeons understand that bariatric surgery is a big decision. We know you have many questions and want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
The average estimated cost of a gastric sleeve surgery or sleeve gastrectomy for a patient that does not have bariatric coverage is between $10,500 and $18,000 and includes:
- Hospital or surgery center fees
- The surgeon’s fees
- Anesthesia fees
- Office visits
- Preop lab work