Making the decision to have gastric bypass surgery involves a lot of factors, cost being just one of them. However, if you’re stuck deciding between which type of surgery you should have, cost shouldn’t be the only factor weighing on your decision. Here’s what you need to know about gastric bypass cost and some tips on how to decide if gastric bypass surgery makes sense for you:
Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery
The cost of a gastric bypass procedure will depend largely on whether or not you have insurance, and if your insurance plan covers weight loss surgery procedures. Self pay costs can run as lows as $16,000. At Riverside Surgical, this cost includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, stay in the hospital, all hospital fees, psychology consult, and a nutrition consult, and six month follow up with your surgeon. As the patient, make sure all the costs are transparent up front. Although prices may look lower at first and it may seem like you are getting a deal, you have to be aware of hidden costs as some facilities.
With insurance coverage, candidates for the gastric bypass procedure may only be asked to put up a small co-pay amount in order to have the procedure. This amount will vary based on your plan, so you’ll need to discuss your option with your insurance company.
You should also factor in the post-op costs once you’ve had your gastric bypass procedure. Bariatric vitamins will need to be taken daily in order to get all of your needed nutrition. However, overtime as patients begin to lose weight and become more healthy, some other medications that were necessary before surgery may no longer be needed. In fact, many studies have shown that weight loss surgery pays for itself within 1 year after surgery.
For instance, many gastric bypass patients who had type 2 diabetes before surgery will experience an improvement or even total resolution in their type 2 diabetes after surgery. This can lessen, or even eliminate the need for medication, saving you money and offsetting the cost for the bariatric vitamins you’ll need.
Is Gastric Bypass right for you?
While cost is a major player in your decision making process, ultimately, the surgery itself will have a longer lasting impact on your health. You need to look at all of the benefits and risks of gastric bypass to determine if this specific weight loss surgery option is the right one for you and your lifestyle, or if a different surgical option would be a better fit. Here are some things to consider about the surgery:
It’s restrictive and malabsorptive. This is a quality not all surgical weight loss procedures share. What it means is that part of the stomach is surgically removed, resulting in a “restricted” pouch; and that food is delayed in mixing with bile and pancreatic juices that aid in the absorption of nutrients. Both of these features create an early sense of fullness and satisfaction.
You could experience symptoms early on. While removing part of the stomach helps patients lose weight, it also requires patients to make diet adjustments. If patients don’t avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat, as well as fried foods, they may experience dumping syndrome. This happens when food moves into the small intestine too quickly, resulting in lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, rapid heartbeat and more. However, as long as patients stick to their bariatric surgery diet, this can usually be avoided and often resolves itself once the body adjusts to its new anatomy. That being said, every weight loss surgery will require diet modifications and can result in similar unpleasant symptoms if patients don’t stick to their new lifestyle requirements.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most durable and longest lasting weight loss surgery done on a large scale. One year after surgery, weight loss can average 77% of excess body weight. Most patients will lose between 50-80%. Studies also show that most associated health conditions studied (back pain, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and depression) were improved or resolved after surgery. In the long run, this means that weight loss surgery can save patients money that would have gone to healthcare costs.
Hospital stay is short. Most patients are only in the hospital for 2 to 3 days, and have fully recovered from surgery within 2 to 3 weeks. This means only a limited amount of time away from work, as long as you’ve gotten the go-ahead from your surgeon.
Curious to find out if gastric bypass surgery is the solution to losing your excess weight? Come into Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center for a weight loss surgery consultation.