How much does Lap Band surgery cost?
on 9/3/10 1:39 pm - 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.
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on 9/3/10 11:38 pm
The band got me to goal, the sleeve will keep me there.
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Self pay in South Carolina, and when all was said and done I paid 'round about $24,000.00. I have insurance, but it does not cover anything weight loss related. I had to pay for all pre-op tests, nutrition counseling, psych evaluation, egd, upper GI, etc.
Still paying........if I need to see my doctor, that's $60.00; if I need a fill/unfill, $250.00. You never stop paying.
on 10/27/11 3:35 pm - Saskatoon, Canada
on 11/9/11 5:05 am
cost of lapband surgery in cananda would fetch you around $17.000 to $18,000 depending on the state you are living. the costs include surgeon's fee, dietician fees and more. If you are looking forward to avail some insurance for lapband surgery medicare pay for that. You can choose to go for this surgery in the Indian subcontinent as the prices are rather lesser than in canada.
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