Cost of Weight Loss Surgery vs. Cost of Diabetes

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Weight loss surgery is not a cure-all for obesity. It is a supplement for weight loss, as well as other metabolic syndromes and diseases. One of these metabolic diseases in diabetes. There are different types of diabetes, but essentially with this disease you have too much glucose in your blood. Although not always the case, diabetes can be a result of obesity. As with weight loss surgery not being a cure-all for obesity, it is not always a cure-all for diabetes. However, it can improve symptoms associated with diabetes.

Diabetes is not a cheap lifestyle. Likewise, weight loss surgery is not a cheap surgery. However, the cost of weight loss surgery in the long run alters your diabetes lifestyle and will lower the costs, as well as make a significant change in your life. If you are unsure of whether weight loss surgery is for you and your diabetes or are unsure financially, consider the cost of weight loss surgery vs. the cost of diabetes.

Cost of Weight Loss Surgery

It’s no secret that weight loss surgery costs money. If your insurance company denies you or your choose to pay for the surgery yourself, the price begins around $12,500 (Note that specialty pricing is available for hybrid surgeries). When given the cost of weight loss surgery, it typically includes a same day stay in the hospital, the surgical assistant fee, the anesthesia fee and 6 months of band adjustments.

shutterstock 35955373Depending on the type of weight loss surgery you have, the cost will increase from there. A surgery that is more time-consuming and requires more care will, as expected, be more expensive. In addition to surgery expenses, you must consider the expenses associated with making a lifestyle change after your surgery. You must go on a strict diet, where the prices may be different than the prices you were used to paying for food before.

For a more detailed description about the cost of weight loss surgery with Riverside, check out one of our older blogs.

Cost of Diabetes

Living with diabetes is an expensive lifestyle. According to the American Diabetes Association, the total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012 was $245 billion, with single patients spending nearly $6,000 yearly. Nearly all of this cost goes towards patient care, including doctor and hospital visits, medications, and anti-diabetic supplies. These costs impose a significant financial strain on patients with diabetes.

Why is weight loss surgery worth it?

Weight loss surgery can lower glucose in multiple ways.  This is large in part to food portion control and malabsorption amongst other reasons.  This regulates blood glucose level which helps to resolve diabetes. Nearly 75-85% of patients experience complete resolution of their diabetes.  Others will see a significant decrease in the need for insulin or other medications to control their blood sugar.   

Ultimately, the cost of weight loss surgery is worth it because of quality of life. Patients with diabetes not only suffer a substantial financial burden, but are burdened by pain and suffering as well. On a daily basis, sufferers of diabetes deal with having to monitor glucose, work with an insulin pump, as well as other lifestyle hardships.  Ultimately, many diabetics succumb to eye problems, kidney failure, vascular issues and wound healing issues.

Although weight loss surgery is expensive, so is the cost of living with diabetes. The price of weight loss surgery ultimately changes a diabetic patient’s life, and diminishes the struggle associated with this disease. If you are still unsure if weight loss surgery is right for you and your diabetes, be sure to contact Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center today with any further questions.

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