Cost of Bariatric Surgery: 2015 Surgeon Survey & Key Findings

According to our 2015 Weight Loss Surgery Cost Survey, the cost of bariatric surgery without insurance in the United States ranges from $6,000 to $30,000 for the four most common procedures: gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding (lap band surgery), and the gastric balloon procedure.

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Cost Survey Results for MEXICO*


Including Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Mexicali, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana

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 201520162017
Gastric Bypass$7,422 n/a n/a
Gastric Banding (Lap Band)$5,826 n/a n/a
Gastric Sleeve$5,125 n/a n/a
Duodenal Switch$8,060 n/a n/a

* 10 Practices in Mexico were contacted to calculate these averages.

Exact Quote for You

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Note: the tool above does not include intragastric balloon costs due to the relatively few practices that currently offer it. See our Gastric Balloon page for cost averages by country.

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The rest of this page will cover weight loss surgery costs specific to the UNITED STATES…

Key Findings: 2015 Bariatric Surgery Cost Survey

We contacted hundreds of bariatric surgeons across the United States and learned several important points that aren’t reflected in the quoted costs of bariatric surgery alone.

The following sections on this page review the key takeaways…

Procedures Performed

Most Common Weight Loss Surgery Procedures United States
  • Almost all practices offer gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery.
  • A rapidly increasing percentage of practices called gastric sleeve surgery their new "surgery of choice", meaning the surgery most often recommended to patients by their surgeons.
  • An increasing percentage are also no longer offering gastric band surgery (lap band surgery), citing a high rate of long-term complications and lap band removals. Interestingly, a few practices in the United States still ONLY offer lap band surgery.
  • A relatively low percentage of practices offer duodenal switch surgery, although most practices recognize this procedure as an appropriate option for the right patients.
  • The intragastric balloon procedure (also called gastric balloon) was approved by the FDA in 2015 and is being adopted by an increasing number of practices.
  • Least to Most Expensive Procedures – For almost every practice, the cost of the 4 most common procedures from least to most expensive is as follows:
  • Least to Most Recommended Procedures – In aggregate, following were the least to most recommended procedures among all of the surgeons we contacted:
    • Least Recommended: Duodenal switch – least recommended because most surgeons do not perform this procedure
    • Gastric balloon – 2nd least recommended because it was just recently approved by the FDA; this procedure is more common in Australia, Canada and the UK
    • Gastric banding (lap band) – second least recommended because of long-term complications and band removals
    • Gastric bypass – still the surgery of choice for some surgeons, but most are now recommending gastric sleeve first due to its relative safety, success rates and lower cost
    • Most Recommended: Gastric sleeve

Click here for a comprehensive comparison of gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, lap band, gastric balloon and duodenal switch procedures.

You May Be Able to Obtain Weight Loss Surgery Insurance

Bariatric Surgery Insurance, Medicare, Financing & Taxes

If you have private insurance through your employer or an individual plan, weight loss surgery may or may not be covered. Insurance companies are increasingly including bariatric surgery in their plans, but many still consider it elective.

See our Bariatric Surgery Insurance page (incl. gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, duodenal switch and lap band insurance) to figure out whether it is included in your plan along with the steps necessary to get the surgery approved.

If you’re covered by Medicare, as of 2006 coverage was expanded nationally to include bariatric surgery.3 Certain criteria still need to be met, but as long as you do your research and choose the right doctor and surgery type, you’ll be covered. See our Medicare Bariatric Surgery page for all of the details.

If you do not have insurance or if weight loss surgery is not covered under your insurance policy, you still have several viable options for reducing your costs and making surgery more affordable.

Click here to review our Bariatric Surgery Financing page for all of your potential financing options along with strategies to reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

  • Important Consideration if You Don’t Have Insurance – The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") requires insurers to offer the same coverage to all subscribers with no medical underwriting. In other words, insurers can no longer charge you more based on current health conditions.

    If the insurance companies in your state’s Healthcare Exchange include bariatric surgery – and according to the ASMBS, 22 of 50 states do – it may be less expensive to go ahead and sign up for insurance.

    Click here for the full scoop on insurance and weight loss surgery.
  • If you have insurance but it doesn’t cover bariatric surgery, you’ll probably be able to get some of your expenses covered. According to several surgeons interviewed, insurance companies decide whether or not to pay depending on how the bill is submitted to them (which "CPT codes" are associated with the bill). If the bill could have been for a non-bariatric surgery procedure, insurance will often pay.

    For example, your insurance may still pay for pre-op visits such as all of the medical clearance required before surgery (e.g. lab work, cardiology clearance, psychology clearance, medically-supervised diet program, etc.) and longer-term post-op visits that can be managed by your primary care physician (e.g. malabsorption issues, vitamin deficiency, etc.).

Options Offered to Self-Pay Patients

cost bariatric surgery optionsWe were surprised to see such a variety of options offered for self-pay patients, ranging from "we don’t work with self-pay patients" to all-inclusive packaged prices…

  • Some Surgeons Don’t Offer a Self-Pay Option – Several practices we contacted will only work with patients who have insurance. If the first surgeon you contact tells you this, don’t be discouraged. It is likely that other surgeons in your area will be happy to work with you through a "piece-meal" approach or even through an "all-inclusive" packaged price (many of which also offer financing options)…
  • Piece-Meal Approach – Some programs offer a "piece-meal" pricing approach, meaning they can only quote you the cost of the surgeon’s and surgeon assistant’s fees. They are unable to provide the cost of other services such as hospital fees, anesthesiologist fees or pre-op visits not related to their office. Most of these surgeons can provide phone numbers for you to conduct that cost research on your own.

    These surgeons also tend to charge separately for every office visit, including pre-op preparatory visits (e.g. initial surgeon consultation, dietitian, psychologist, cardiologist, sleep study, etc) and post-op follow up visits (especially costly for lap band patients needing multiple band adjustments). Other procedures required during surgery such as hernia repair would also add to the costs.

    Further, some of these practices will charge different amounts based on age and body mass index.

    If your surgeon takes this pricing approach, be sure to ask them about each of these cost components so there are no surprises.
  • All-Inclusive Packages – Many programs will quote you an up-front, all-inclusive cost. In other words, no matter what happens, you will know your exact costs ahead of time without needing to figure out all of the components on your own. If any costs are not included in the package (such as pre- or post-op office visits), they will explicitly outline those as well.

    These programs often include between 3 and 13 months of follow up visits (including lap band fills/unfills, if you choose that procedure) in their packaged price.

    Note that most practices will not have an all-inclusive rate ready for duodenal switch since it is much less commonly performed than the other procedures.

Weight Loss Surgery Discounts & Other Financial Considerations

  • Self-Pay Discounts – Most programs will offer some sort of self-pay discount to patients without insurance. However, discounts vary widely and don’t always extend to every part of the the price.
  • Other Discounts – Some practices offer additional discounts based on when full payment is received. For example, you may receive a discount if you pay the full fee up front (note that some practices require full up-front payment).
  • Same Surgeon, Different Hospitals – Many surgeons have operating privileges at more than one hospital in the area. Since hospital charges are usually out of the surgeon’s control (and are by far the most costly component of surgery), find out if the surgeon can perform your surgery at more than one hospital and, if so, whether there is a difference in the hospital fee between hospitals.

    For example, one office we contacted quoted a difference of more than $10,000 between hospitals.

    Keep in mind that this does not change where your pre-op and post-op visits will take place; it ONLY affects where your actual surgery is performed.
  • Taxes – When asking about prices, be sure to find out whether taxes are included.

    Speaking of taxes, did you know that you may be able to deduct part or all of your expenses related to bariatric surgery? See our Tax Section for more details.
  • What if Complications Arise During or After Surgery? Each practice takes their own approach to covering the cost of complications; some pledge to pay for them should they arise (via programs like BLIS or other arrangements) while others ask patients to pay.
  • Financing – Many programs will offer some sort of financing or payment plans either directly or through a 3rd party. See our Financing Bariatric Surgery page or contact your local surgeon for more details.
  • Up-Front Payment – Programs that do not offer financing often require full payment up front.

For an exact quote from a surgeon near you, click here to find a top a local surgeon.

Following is the full list of average weight loss surgery costs by state…

Region Region
Procedure Procedure
Average Cost Average Cost
Region ALABAMA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $21,650
Region ALABAMA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $18,975
Region ALABAMA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $14,150

ALABAMA surgeons surveyed are located in Birmingham, Decatur, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa

Region ALASKA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $56,820
Region ALASKA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $57,675
Region ALASKA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $33,189

ALASKA surgeons surveyed are located in Anchorage

Region ARIZONA
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $24,492
Region ARIZONA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $24,621
Region ARIZONA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $17,553
Region ARIZONA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,749

ARIZONA surgeons surveyed are located in Flagstaff, Mesa, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson

Region ARKANSAS
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $15,117
Region ARKANSAS
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $13,963
Region ARKANSAS
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $12,688

ARKANSAS surgeons surveyed are located in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Pine Bluff

Region CALIFORNIA
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $27,000
Region CALIFORNIA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $21,600
Region CALIFORNIA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $22,200
Region CALIFORNIA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $15,638

CALIFORNIA surgeons surveyed are located in Bakersfield, Burbank, Chico, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, La Jolla, Modesto, Oakland, Poway, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Barbara

Region COLORADO
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $20,710
Region COLORADO
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $15,567
Region COLORADO
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $10,618

COLORADO surgeons surveyed are located in Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins

Region CONNECTICUT
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $23,864
Region CONNECTICUT
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $21,618
Region CONNECTICUT
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $17,791

CONNECTICUT surgeons surveyed are located in Farmington, Glastonbury, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, Norwalk, Shelton and Stamford

Region DELAWARE
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $19,242
Region DELAWARE
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $16,954
Region DELAWARE
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $12,257

DELAWARE surgeons surveyed are located in Dover, Newark and Wilmington

Region FLORIDA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $21,801
Region FLORIDA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $15,726
Region FLORIDA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,226

FLORIDA surgeons surveyed are located in Ft. Meyers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach

Region GEORGIA
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $30,500
Region GEORGIA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $20,264
Region GEORGIA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $16,133
Region GEORGIA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $15,140

GEORGIA surgeons surveyed are located in Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Decatur, Macon, Marietta and Savannah

Region HAWAII
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $21,277
Region HAWAII
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $20,592
Region HAWAII
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $20,154

HAWAII surgeons surveyed are located in Aiea, Kailua-Kona, Honolulu and Wailuku

Region IDAHO
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $19,681
Region IDAHO
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $17,439
Region IDAHO
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $11,161

IDAHO surgeons surveyed are located in Boise, Meridian, Montpelier, Nampa, Pocatello and Post Falls

Region ILLINOIS
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $26,145
Region ILLINOIS
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $24,432
Region ILLINOIS
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $17,574
Region ILLINOIS
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $15,155

ILLINOIS surgeons surveyed are located in Chicago, Champaign, Decatur, Naperville, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield

Region INDIANA
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $26,145
Region INDIANA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,591
Region INDIANA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $22,224
Region INDIANA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $16,340

INDIANA surgeons surveyed are located in Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis and South Bend

Region IOWA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,908
Region IOWA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $20,213
Region IOWA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $17,275

IOWA surgeons surveyed are located in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines and Iowa City

Region KANSAS
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $27,000
Region KANSAS
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $22,167
Region KANSAS
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $13,625
Region KANSAS
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,225
Region KENTUCKY
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,201
Region KENTUCKY
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $18,890
Region KENTUCKY
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $14,124

KENTUCKY surgeons surveyed are located in Lexington, Louisville and other towns.

Region LOUISIANA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $21,650
Region LOUISIANA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $14,069
Region LOUISIANA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,133

LOUISIANA surgeons surveyed are located in Alexandria, New Orleans, Shreveport and other towns

Region MAINE
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $29,436
Region MAINE
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $25,027
Region MAINE
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $20,937

MAINE surgeons surveyed are located in Augusta, Bangor, Portland and other towns

Region MARYLAND
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $30,125
Region MARYLAND
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $25,198
Region MARYLAND
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $18,647

MARYLAND surgeons surveyed are located in Baltimore, Salisbury and other towns

Region MASSACHUSETTS
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $26,591
Region MASSACHUSETTS
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $21,424
Region MASSACHUSETTS
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $16,758

MASSACHUSETTS surgeons surveyed are located in Boston, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and other towns.

Region MICHIGAN
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,875
Region MICHIGAN
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $22,100
Region MICHIGAN
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $15,475

MICHIGAN surgeons surveyed are located in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other towns.

Region MINNESOTA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $23,161
Region MINNESOTA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $23,733
Region MINNESOTA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $21,383

MINNESOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Minneapolis / St. Paul, Rochester and other towns

Region MISSISSIPPI
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $21,850
Region MISSISSIPPI
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $12,995
Region MISSISSIPPI
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $12,974

MISSISSIPPI surgeons surveyed are located in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Tupelo and other towns.

Region MISSOURI
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $23,150
Region MISSOURI
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $18,938
Region MISSOURI
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $15,975

MISSOURI surgeons surveyed are located in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis and other towns

Region MONTANA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $28,167
Region MONTANA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $18,500
Region MONTANA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $17,850

MONTANA surgeons surveyed are located in Billings, Bozeman, Helena and other towns

Region NEBRASKA
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $32,500
Region NEBRASKA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $23,050
Region NEBRASKA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $16,633
Region NEBRASKA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $15,267

NEBRASKA surgeons surveyed are located in Lincoln, Omaha and other towns

Region NEVADA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $16,375
Region NEVADA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $13,025
Region NEVADA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,975

NEVADA surgeons surveyed are located in Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno Areas

Region NEW HAMPSHIRE
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $31,500
Region NEW HAMPSHIRE
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $20,400
Region NEW HAMPSHIRE
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $19,850

NEW HAMPSHIRE surgeons surveyed are located in Manchester, Nashua and other towns

Region NEW JERSEY
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $24,000
Region NEW JERSEY
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $26,467
Region NEW JERSEY
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $18,033
Region NEW JERSEY
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $12,300

NEW JERSEY surgeons surveyed are located in Newark, Trenton and Other Areas

Region NEW MEXICO
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $17,640
Region NEW MEXICO
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $14,167
Region NEW MEXICO
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $14,500

NEW MEXICO surgeons surveyed are located in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Other Areas

Region NEW YORK
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $32,194
Region NEW YORK
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $27,620
Region NEW YORK
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $19,325

NEW YORK surgeons surveyed are located in Albany, Buffalo, New York City / Manhattan, Rochester, Watertown and Other Areas

Region NORTH CAROLINA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $28,312
Region NORTH CAROLINA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $22,478
Region NORTH CAROLINA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $17,193

NORTH CAROLINA surgeons surveyed are located in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem and Other Areas

Region NORTH DAKOTA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $35,000
Region NORTH DAKOTA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $27,500
Region NORTH DAKOTA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $18,750

NORTH DAKOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Bismarck and Grand Forks

Region OHIO
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $23,083
Region OHIO
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $19,333
Region OHIO
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $16,017

OHIO surgeons surveyed are located in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Other Areas

Region OKLAHOMA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $19,300
Region OKLAHOMA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $13,432
Region OKLAHOMA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $11,215

OKLAHOMA surgeons surveyed are located in Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Other Areas

Region OREGON
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $34,433
Region OREGON
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $26,133
Region OREGON
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $18,467
Region PENNSYLVANIA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $23,390
Region PENNSYLVANIA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $17,662
Region PENNSYLVANIA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $16,790

PENNSYLVANIA surgeons surveyed are located in Allentown, Altoona, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Other Areas

RHODE ISLAND surgeons surveyed are located in Providence

Region SOUTH CAROLINA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,167
Region SOUTH CAROLINA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $19,000
Region SOUTH CAROLINA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $12,250

SOUTH CAROLINA surgeons surveyed are located in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill and Other Areas

Region SOUTH DAKOTA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,500
Region SOUTH DAKOTA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $12,500
Region SOUTH DAKOTA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,333

SOUTH DAKOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Dakota Dunes, Rapid City and Sioux Falls

Region TENNESSEE
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,045
Region TENNESSEE
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $18,701
Region TENNESSEE
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,995

TENNESSEE surgeons surveyed are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville

Region TEXAS
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $28,300
Region TEXAS
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $17,490
Region TEXAS
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $12,416
Region TEXAS
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $10,433

TEXAS surgeons surveyed are located in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio

Region UTAH
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $24,757
Region UTAH
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $18,148
Region UTAH
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $14,359
Region UTAH
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $13,177

UTAH surgeons surveyed are located in Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George

Region VERMONT
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $26,400
Region VERMONT
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $23,650
Region VERMONT
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $12,100

VERMONT surgeons surveyed are located in Burlington, Montpelier and Springfield

Region VIRGINIA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $20,625
Region VIRGINIA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $17,667
Region VIRGINIA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $18,233

VIRGINIA surgeons surveyed are located in Charlottesville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach and Other Towns

Region WASHINGTON
Procedure Duodenal Switch
Average Cost $28,500
Region WASHINGTON
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $25,567
Region WASHINGTON
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $18,788
Region WASHINGTON
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $15,987

WASHINGTON surgeons surveyed are located in Everett, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver and Other Areas

Region WASHINGTON DC
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $20,463
Region WASHINGTON DC
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $17,850
Region WASHINGTON DC
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $12,638
Region WEST VIRGINIA
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $19,104
Region WEST VIRGINIA
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $17,453
Region WEST VIRGINIA
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $16,389

WEST VIRGINIA surgeons surveyed are located in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown and Vienna

Region WISCONSIN
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $26,333
Region WISCONSIN
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $23,133
Region WISCONSIN
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $17,000

WISCONSIN surgeons surveyed are located in Eu Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Other Areas

Region WYOMING
Procedure Gastric Bypass
Average Cost $29,375
Region WYOMING
Procedure Gastric Sleeve
Average Cost $16,112
Region WYOMING
Procedure Lap Band
Average Cost $11,990

WYOMING surgeons surveyed are located in Afton, Cheyenne and Riverton

Bariatric Surgery Cost Components – What Does the Money Go Towards?

Average Cost Bariatric Surgery by Zip Code: SURGEON FEES ONLY

While not all inclusive, the Consumer Cost Lookup Tool by FAIR Health is becoming increasingly useful.

The tool pulls insurance claims data for ONLY surgeon fees during surgery (and anesthesiology fees if you choose that option) based on the most recent 12 months insurance claims data by zip code.

To use this tool to find average surgeon fees for your area, follow these instructions:

1. Click here to go to their Medical Cost Lookup Page

2. In the "Step 1" box, enter your zip code

3. In the "Step 2" box, select "Insured" or "Uninsured"

4. In the "Step 3" box, enter one of the following CPT codes:

    • Gastric banding (lap band): 43770
    • Gastric bypass: 43644
    • Gastric sleeve: 43775 or 43848 (depends how surgeon processes the claim)
    • Duodenal switch: 43845
    • Gastric bypass revision: 43848

5. Click the "Go" button

6. Review the Terms of Use and click the "Agree" button if you agree to the terms

7. On the results page…

    • Your total estimated SURGEON ONLY fee will be provided in the box
    • To see the estimated anesthesiology fee, click the "A" square found in the table’s "CPT Code" column, just below the CPT code (note that if you add this, a new total will appear in the "Estimated Out-of-Pocket Cost" box)
    • If you selected "Uninsured", you may still see "Reimbursement Percentage is set at 70%" in the purple box. We asked about this while interviewing FAIR Health, and this line should not be there for the Uninsured rate; it only applies if you selected "Insured".

Again, the quoted fees are the average SURGEON ONLY COSTS DURING SURGERY (and anesthesiology if you select that option). They do not include Pre-op or Post-Op costs or other cost components during surgery.

During our interview we also learned that a hospital cost feature is currently being developed (launch date to be determined), although there are no plans to add other elements such as surgical assistant fees or device fees.

Regardless of who pays, there are several cost components that must be paid before, during and after weight loss surgery surgery…

Pre-Op (Costs Before Surgery)

  • Physician-supervised weight loss program (required prior to surgery approval)
  • Dietitian/nutritionist consultations
  • Psychologist (mental health clearance)
  • Cardiologist (heart health clearance)
  • Lab/blood work, echocardiogram (also known as an "ECG" or "EKG") and/or X-Ray fees
  • Surgeon consultation fees
  • Sleep study

Costs During Surgery

  • Hospital fees
  • Surgeon fees
  • Surgical assistant’s fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room fees
  • Device fees

Post-Op (Costs After Surgery)

  • Follow-up doctor visits (including lap band adjustments, if applicable)
  • Bariatric vitamins
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References for Cost Bariatric Surgery

  • HealthGrades. 2009/2010 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award: Bariatric Surgery Patients Have 67 Percent Lower Chance of Complications at Top-Performing Hospitals. July 2009. Available at: http://www.healthgrades.com/cms/ratings-and-awards/
    2009-10-Bariatric-Surgery-Excellence-Announcement.aspx. Accessed: Nov 18, 2009.
  • Edward H. Livingston. Bariatric Surgery Outcomes at Designated Centers of Excellence vs Nondesignated Programs. Arch Surg. 2009;144(4):319-325.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. MEDICARE EXPANDS NATIONAL COVERAGE FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY PROCEDURES. Feb 2006. Available at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1786

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