Cost to have lapband removed?
Related to weight loss. Does anyone have any idea as to the cost to have it removed?
My PCP is ordering tests for me this week, as he thinks band may have slipped.
The problems im having are pain after eating very small amount and this causes the food to come right back up. I have severe heartburn and incredible reflux. I am on meds for reflux. I can feel my throat is raw and irritated. I have a 4cc band which has been EMPTY for two years.
Any input here? I have lost 10 lbs due to these issues in the last 3 weeks. I have alot of restriction with an empty band. I am going for a barium swallow on Friday.
I paid 12,000 to have my band put in -- and I expect that about 4,000 of that was the price of the band itself.
So, to remove it, I would expect to have to pay around 8K.
I would still need the surgical suite, and an anesthesiologist, surgeon, nursing, etc --- so, I expect about 2/3 of the original cost is probably about right.
It could be more because I think it might be trickier to take out a band (if it has any erosion) than to put one in.
I am not sure what I am going to do yet. I know what I paid $6500 to have band placed in Mexico in October 2008. I cannot afford the cost here in the states to have the band replaced or removed.
I am just awaiting for my barium swallow on Friday to confirm if it has slipped or not. My PCP says if it has slipped, he will refer me to a lapband surgeon. Unless I can strike up a cash deal with that Dr., I may be headed south again. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that it has not slipped, though I think everything points to that.
on 6/30/13 8:46 am
I am so interested in having my lapband removed too. Please let me know what you did and how much it cost you. I do not have insurance since my husband left me, I am unemployed, and I hate my lapband and hate how it works. I cannot maintain it because it costs so much. I have had it for at least 8 years, maybe 10 and it just needs to go.