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How to Cut the Cost of Bariatric Surgery

How to Cut the Cost of Bariatric Surgery


With more than one-third of U.S. adults classified as obese (having a body mass index of 30 or higher), the weight loss industry is booming. The development of diet programs, exercise regimens, medications, and surgical techniques promise to help men and women lose weight, but most come with a hefty price tag. While weight loss may be a priority, many of us simply have to find ways to cut down on the cost of weight loss treatment. For those considering bariatric surgery - which typically costs about $25,000 - there are ways to make the price of weight loss surgery more affordable.

Health Insurance

If you wish to undergo a bariatric surgery procedure such as LAP-BAND® System surgery or gastric bypass surgery, the first thing you should do is to schedule consultations with several bariatric surgeons in order to find a physician you trust to perform your procedure. Then, you can work with your bariatric surgeon and primary care physician to prepare all the paperwork you need to apply for insurance coverage to cover at least a portion, if not all, of the cost of treatment. Read more detailed information about the bariatric surgery insurance approval process.

Health Care Financing

In the event that you do not receive insurance approval for your bariatric surgery, or insurance covers only a portion of the treatment, you have the option of applying for health care financing. Financing allows you to break down the total cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments. Companies such as Compassionate Finance® offer short-term and extended payment plans designed to work with your budget. Read more detailed information about bariatric surgery financing options.

Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Medical travel in Mexico has become more popular among Americans, especially for those living along the border. An increasing number of American patients are traveling to Mexico for dental treatment, plastic surgery, and weight loss surgery, entrusting their care to doctors who offer cheaper alternatives to the high cost of health care in the United States.

In fact, when performed in Mexico, bariatric procedures such as LAP-BAND® System surgery and gastric bypass surgery can be $10,000 to $15,000 cheaper than in the United States. Many surgeons operating in Mexico also offer travel packages that include the cost of travel and accommodations. However, it is important to find a qualified surgeon to perform your bariatric surgery to avoid future complications.

Explore Your Weight Loss Surgery Options

According to a 2007 study released by the Centers for Disease Control, 34 percent of adult Americans aged 20 and over are considered obese. By comparison, in the mid-1970s, only about 15 percent of adult Americans were considered obese. With the number of obese men and women on the rise, it is becoming increasingly important to find weight loss solutions that are affordable and effective. Thousands of bariatric patients have found a surprisingly cost-effective solution in weight loss surgery; consult a bariatric surgeon to find out whether obesity surgery is right for you.

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