How much does weight loss surgery cost in the Inland Empire?

The most common question patients ask us about weight loss surgery is: how much does it cost? The answer will depend on your situation, details regarding your surgery, and your health insurance plan. The price of weight loss surgery when paid with cash typically ranges from $13,000 to $18,000.

Fortunately, more than 80 percent of weight loss surgeries are partly reimbursed or fully reimbursed by insurance, according to Allergan, maker of the Lap Band®.

Health Plans and Insurance Coverage

The cost of weight loss procedures is often fully or partially covered by Medicare or private insurance (PPO or HMO).  If you qualify, we can check if your insurance plan offers coverage. Insurance plans vary in their requirements for patients to qualify for these procedures.

Financing Your Weight Loss Procedure

If your insurance company declines coverage of your weight loss surgery, we have financing options to consider. In addition to Visa and MasterCard, we can help you apply for a flexible payment plan through CareCredit® or another provider.

What Contributes to the Cost of Weight Loss surgery?

It’s important to understand the different fees that are included (or not included) in the cost of your weight loss procedure. When you get a quote, consider the following details:

1. The Bariatric Surgeon

The importance of choosing the right weight loss surgeon cannot be overstated. Know that a surgeon with experience and the right credentials may have a slightly higher fee than one who does not. For safety, take your time when choosing a surgeon. Inquire about the surgeon’s credentials and ask to see testimonials from previous patients.

2. Facility

The quality of the surgical facility is very important. Your surgeon should operate in a facility that is clean, modern and accredited by the proper authorities.

3. Anesthesia

Weight loss surgery requires the assistance of a qualified Anesthesiologist who can safely administer general anesthesia. When viewing a quote for weight loss surgery, make sure that anesthesia is included in the cost.

4. Tests, Lab Fees and X-Ray Fees

Various tests are necessary for a safe weight loss procedure. Before surgery, the doctor may order assessments such as chest X rays, blood tests, chest X-rays, upper endoscopy, EKG, and an echocardiogram. You may also be checked for obesity-related medical conditions like sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, or diabetes.

5. Filling and Adjusting the Gastric Band

The gastric band is an adjustable device. As your stomach gets smaller, you will need to return for post-operative adjustments in order to maintain progress with weight loss. The first year typically includes seven or eight of these brief procedures.

6. Weight Loss Counseling and Support Groups

Weight loss is more than a physical transformation. After bariatric surgery, patients benefit from psychological support, nutrition counseling and an appropriate exercise routine. Read about our weight loss surgery support groups »

Compare this to the cost of obesity…

You’re probably fully aware of the rising cost of healthcare in America. With extra weight, you’re likely to spend even more. Studies show that obesity increases a person’s long-term healthcare and medication costs significantly. Consider healthcare expenses such as:

  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
  • Visits to doctors, specialists and physical therapy
  • Ongoing traditional weight loss programs

You may be able to avoid these costs by choosing weight loss surgery to reduce your body weight.

We’re here to help you.

We know that getting answers to your health insurance questions can be a real challenge. The staff at Surgical Arts of Inland Empire are highly experienced in working with insurance companies and can help you navigate the process with confidence.

Contact us to learn more about weight loss surgery costs or call our office 909-579-3111 and ask for Corina, our insurance specialist.