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Obesity is a major concern in America today due to the rate at which it is increasing. Statistics state that 1 out of every 3 people in America are obese. The major solution for obesity is adopting a healthy lifestyle which involves eating healthy, dieting and exercising regularly. For seriously obese individuals, those that are referred to as being morbidly obese and have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above, weight loss surgery is recommended. Surgery is also recommended for people who have diseases like diabetes even if their BMI is lower than 40.

There are several types of weight loss surgeries. These include sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric binding/ laparoscopic gastric binding (Lap-band), vertical binded gastroplasty (VBG), bilio-pancreatic diversion (BPD), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RGB) and duodenal switch. The type of surgery done will depend of factors such as your current physical status, how overweight you are, how much weight you want to lose, the surgery your doctor prefers and of course the weight loss surgery cost.

Weight loss surgery cost is a major factor when thinking of weight loss surgery. Many insurance providers will not cover this type of surgery but a number of the companies are beginning to pay for surgeries for obesity treatment. This means that many people have to pay for their weight loss surgery out of pocket. Surgery in general is expensive and this is true of weight loss surgeries. The weight loss surgery cost will sometimes be a composite figure. It may include the surgeon’s fees, the hospital fees, anesthesia cost, lab fees, radiography fees and any other costs that may arise. You should also factor in the cost of follow up procedures such as plastic surgery and tummy tucks into your weight loss surgery cost.

Generally the weight loss surgery cost will depend on the complexity of the surgery and the length of hospital recovery afterward. Complexity of the surgery will in most cases determine hospital stay. The more complex the surgery is, the more expensive it is likely to be. The cheapest surgery is likely to be the adjustable gastric binding or Lap-band surgery. This is a relatively simple procedure and can be done on an outpatient basis. Surgery lasts about an hour and involves the surgeon inserting an adjustable silicone band, either the ‘Realize Band’ or the ‘Lap Band’ in the abdomen. Surgery costs approximately $25,000, it can range from $17,000 to 30,000. There may be more costs involved if a need arises for adjusting the band.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is one of the more common weight loss surgeries performed. Gastric bypass surgeries are more complex than Lap-Band surgeries and are performed under general anesthesia. The Roux-en-Y surgery is however less complicated than the bilio-pancreatic diversion which is also a gastric bypass surgery. The weight loss surgery cost for the Roux-en-Y will range from $16,000 to $30,000. The cost of the bilio-pancreatic diversion will be approximately $20,000.

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