Why is weight loss surgery not covered by insurance? From the insurance perspective, weight loss surgery has always been considered “medically necessary.” This means that weight loss surgery is not considered cosmetic, but rather is performed to decrease the health risks associated with severe obesity.
Which weight loss surgery is cheapest? Affording Your Treatment
The average price for LAP-BAND® (generally the least expensive bariatric procedure) is $15,000. This surgery can run as high as $30,000, depending on where you live. Meanwhile, gastric sleeve surgery (one of the most expensive procedures) will typically cost about $24,000.
Is Weight Loss Surgery worth getting? After weight loss surgery, most people lose weight for 18-24 months. At that point, many people start to regain some of their lost weight, but few regain it all. If you had any medical conditions related to obesity, those usually improve after weight loss surgery.
How much do you have to weigh to get bariatric surgery? Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or have a BMI between 35 and 40 and an obesity-related condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea. Weigh less than 450 pounds, the maximum weight that hospital radiology equipment can accommodate.