Weight Loss Surgery Cost Comparison & Insurance Options

Posted by Jason Radecke on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Many people seriously consider weight loss surgery, but are hindered by how much it might set them back financially. It’s important that you know all of the figures behind the weight loss surgeries that you’re considering, so that you can decide which one is best for your body and your wallet. However, it’s also vital to realize that weight loss surgery cost is an investment in your health. After you become familiar with the specifics of each surgery, including the costs, you can make a well-informed decision about the right path for you. Here are the costs of each weight loss surgery:

weight-loss-surgery-cost-comparison-insurance-optionsInsurance Options

The cost of any surgery largely depends on whether or not you have insurance, and if your insurance covers weight loss surgery procedures. With insurance coverage, candidates may only be asked to pay a small co-pay for the procedure. The co-pay amount varies based on your insurance plan, so you’ll have to discuss this with your insurance provider. Be aware that you’ll also have to factor in postoperative costs once you’ve had the procedure. Recovery and post-op costs mean that you must now factor in bariatric vitamins to take daily or any other medications associated with recovery, and diet and exercise consultations. However, studies show that as patients begin to lose weight and transition into more healthy lifestyles, the weight loss surgery actually pays for itself within one year after surgery. 

Gastric Bypass

For example, at Riverside, the self pay price for the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure can be as low as $16,000. This cost includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, psychology consult, nutrition consult, and a two-night stay and hospital fee.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

To undergo the laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure at Riverside, the self pay price is as low as $13,000. This total also includes surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, psychology consult, nutrition consult, a two night stay and hospital fee.

At some facilities, you must be aware of any hidden costs or fees, so make sure that the complete cost of surgery is transparent and upfront for you.  Many bariatric clinics offer payment plans to help you manage the cost of your surgery. If you’re paying for the surgery out of pocket, talk with your physician to see if they offer some type of payment plan to make the cost easier on you.


Obesity is linked to a variety of health conditions, such as type II diabetes and heart diseases. These medical conditions come with pretty hefty medical bills, plus the cost of medications. By achieving a healthy body mass index and by reducing or completely eliminating the presence of health conditions in a patient, bariatric surgery will actually save most people money in the long run. Especially when you compare lifetime medical costs affiliated with obesity related health conditions, the decision to undergo bariatric surgery is simple.

If you have any questions concerning the cost of weight loss surgery, or if you’re interested in taking that first step to becoming a healthier and better you, contact us at Riverside today!

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