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How Much Does Weight Loss Surgery Abroad Cost?
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 3:58 PM | Last Modified: August 2, 2017
According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) in the U.S. costs on average between $20,000 and $25,000 – although in some cases, it can be significantly higher. What’s more, this huge price tag does not include additional costs that individuals incur during recovery, including temporary income loss.
The good news is that people who are covered by their insurance plan can file a claim and recover a large portion of the cost. The bad news is that tens of thousands of people each year aren’t covered by insurance; including those who, ironically, are deemed to be too healthy as their obesity is not life threatening. At least, not yet.
The Affordable Weight Loss Surgery Solution
However, people who are trapped in this tragic Catch-22 situation – i.e. they need weight loss surgery to avoid becoming seriously unhealthy, but until they become seriously unhealthy they won’t be covered for weight loss surgery -- have a viable option. They can utilize medical tourism to travel overseas for their weight loss surgery, and save tens of thousands of dollars.
Below, we highlight some of the approximate costs associated with different types of weight loss surgery abroad (please keep in mind that individual costs will vary, and the following are just general guidelines).
The Estimated Cost of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad:
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is when the stomach is separated into an upper and (larger) lower pouch, and the small intestine is rearranged to connect them. This is the most common type of weight loss surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery can cost around $25,000 in the U.S. However, in Mexico the same surgery can cost $10,000, in Thailand $11,000, and in Costa Rica $12,500.
Lap Band Surgery
Lap band surgery (a.k.a. laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding) makes the stomach smaller by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, therefore obliging people to eat less.
Lap band surgery can cost around $20,000 in the U.S. However, the same surgery in Mexico can cost $7,000, in Costa Rica $9,000, and in Thailand $12,000.
Duodenal Switch Surgery
Duodenal switch surgery (a.k.a. biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch or gastric reduction duodenal switch) involves removing approximately 70% of the stomach along the greater curvature, so that people absorb only about 20% of their overall fat intake.
Duodenal switch surgery in the U.S. is the most expensive of the three weight loss surgeries highlighted here, and can cost close to $40,000. However, the same surgery in Mexico or Thailand can cost less than $15,000.
The Bottom Line
Obviously, cost is not the only factor when it comes to choosing weight loss surgery abroad, but it is certainly a major consideration for most people, especially when it means saving tens of thousands of dollars – and even more importantly: dramatically improving their quality (and quantity) of life.
Learn more about weight loss surgery abroad, contact the SkyMedicus team today. We’ll be pleased to answer your questions honestly and thoroughly.
Topics: Weight Loss Surgery