How much does Lap Band surgery cost?
on 9/3/10 6:39 am - Regina, Canada
I just had Lap Band Aug. 16th, and just received my insurance statement- the actual cost of my surgery was $19,427.78. Insurance covered it all, but I had to pay a $500.00 program fee that this surgeon required to proceed with the surgery. This fee includes any problems that may arise, fills for a year, and access to a dietitian, exercise physiologist and all of the support groups. Not all surgeons offer this program, but it is worth it because I can take advantage of this stuff for a lifetime. Good luck finding a surgeon.
In the USA, band surgery generally costs about $14,000. In Mexico, maybe half that.
In deciding your budget for surgery, be sure to keep in mind that band surgery is not a quick-stop procedure like, say, gall bladder surgery (you see the surgeon once before surgery, on the day of surgery, and once afterward. Band surgery requires frequent follow-up visits and fills, for an indefinite amount of time. Some surgeons include a year's worth of follow-up visits in their up-front fee. That's fine, but you need to find out what follow-up visits and fills will cost you after the first year. In my part of the USA, fills cost about $300 when done in the surgeon's office, and 3-4 times more when done under fluoro.
Jean McMillan c.2009-2013 - Always a bandster at heart
author of Bandwagon (TM), Strategies for Success with the Adjustable Gastric Band & Bandwagon Cookery. Bandwagon for Kindle now available on Amazon. Read my blog at: jean-onthebandwagon.blogspot.com
on 9/3/10 1:02 pm - Canada
*~Gina~*HW 338 (10/2009), banded 07/22/10 298, removed 11/29/12, sleeved 2/27/13. (CW) 214 dr scale 3/19/13
on 9/3/10 4:38 pm
on 9/3/10 5:23 pm - Canada