Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost by State: 2015 (and How to Make It Affordable)

The high average cost of gastric bypass surgery – $24,000 in the United States, $20,000 in Canada and $17,000 in Australia – can be a significant obstacle for patients to overcome. Fortunately, there are several options that help make it more affordable…

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Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery by Region

Scroll down to review the average cost of gastric bypass surgery by state/region in the following countries (based on Bariatric Surgery Source’s most recent Annual Surgeon Cost Survey)…

United States

The following averages were calculated by contacting several practices in each state. Note that there was a wide variation in costs per state depending on the practice.

See our Cost Bariatric Surgery Page for key takeaways from our Annual Survey including tips on saving money (and to compare the costs of other procedures).

To get an exact gastric bypass surgery quote for you, contact a top local surgeon.

Region Region
Average Cost Average Cost
Region ALABAMA
Average Cost $21,650

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

Region ALASKA
Average Cost $56,820

ALASKA surgeons surveyed are located in Anchorage

Region ARIZONA
Average Cost $24,621

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

Region ARKANSAS
Average Cost $15,117

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

Region CALIFORNIA
Average Cost $21,600

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
Average Cost $20,710

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

Region CONNECTICUT
Average Cost $23,864

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

Region DELAWARE
Average Cost $19,242

DELAWARE surgeons surveyed are located in Dover, Newark and Wilmington

Region FLORIDA
Average Cost $21,801

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
Average Cost $20,264

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

Region HAWAII
Average Cost $21,277

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

Region IDAHO
Average Cost $19,681

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

Region ILLINOIS
Average Cost $24,432

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

Region INDIANA
Average Cost $25,591

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

Region IOWA
Average Cost $25,908

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

Region KANSAS
Average Cost $22,167
Region KENTUCKY
Average Cost $25,201

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

Region LOUISIANA
Average Cost $21,650

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

Region MAINE
Average Cost $29,436

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

Region MARYLAND
Average Cost $30,125

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

Region MASSACHUSETTS
Average Cost $26,591

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

Region MICHIGAN
Average Cost $25,875

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

Region MINNESOTA
Average Cost $23,161

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

Region MISSISSIPPI
Average Cost $21,850

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

Region MISSOURI
Average Cost $23,150

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

Region MONTANA
Average Cost $28,167

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

Region NEBRASKA
Average Cost $23,050

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

Region NEVADA
Average Cost $16,375

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

Region NEW HAMPSHIRE
Average Cost $31,500

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

Region NEW JERSEY
Average Cost $26,467

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

Region NEW MEXICO
Average Cost $17,640

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

Region NEW YORK
Average Cost $32,194

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

Region NORTH CAROLINA
Average Cost $28,312

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

Region NORTH DAKOTA
Average Cost $35,000

NORTH DAKOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Bismarck and Grand Forks

Region OHIO
Average Cost $23,083

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

Region OKLAHOMA
Average Cost $19,300

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

Region OREGON
Average Cost $34,433
Region PENNSYLVANIA
Average Cost $23,390

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
Average Cost $25,167

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

Region SOUTH DAKOTA
Average Cost $25,500

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

Region TENNESSEE
Average Cost $25,045

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

Region TEXAS
Average Cost $17,490

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

Region UTAH
Average Cost $18,148

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

Region VERMONT
Average Cost $26,400

VERMONT surgeons surveyed are located in Burlington, Montpelier and Springfield

Region VIRGINIA
Average Cost $20,625

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

Region WASHINGTON
Average Cost $25,567

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

Region WASHINGTON DC
Average Cost $20,463
Region WEST VIRGINIA
Average Cost $19,104

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

Region WISCONSIN
Average Cost $26,333

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

Region WYOMING
Average Cost $29,375

WYOMING surgeons surveyed are located in Afton, Cheyenne and Riverton

Canada

Only one province in Canada – Quebec – had enough practices offering “self-pay” gastric bypass surgery (surgery not paid for by the social health plan) to calculate an average.

For more information about gastric bypass surgery costs (and the cost of other procedures), see our Bariatric Surgery Canada page.

Region Region
Average Cost Average Cost
Region QUEBEC
Average Cost $20,125

Australia

The following average gastric bypass surgery costs by state/territory assume you are covered by insurance (since the majority of Australians are).

For more cost information with OR without insurance, see our Weight Loss Surgery Australia page.

Region Region
Average Cost Average Cost
Region NEW SOUTH WALES
Average Cost $4,500

NEW SOUTH WALES surgeons surveyed are located in Sydney

Region QUEENSLAND
Average Cost $5,246

QUEENSLAND surgeons surveyed are located in Brisbane and Gold Coast

Region SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Average Cost $3,250

SOUTH AUSTRALIA surgeons surveyed are located in Adelaide and Barossa Valley

TASMANIA surgeons surveyed are located in Hobart

Region VICTORIA
Average Cost $5,160

VICTORIA surgeons surveyed are located in Melbourne

WESTERN AUSTRALIA surgeons surveyed are located in Perth

Mexico

There are many considerations for traveling abroad to have surgery – cost being only one of the factors. See our Weight Loss Surgery Mexico & Abroad page for all of the details.

Region Region
Average Cost Average Cost
Region Mexico
Average Cost $7,422

Mexico surgeons surveyed are located in Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Mexicali, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana

Factors That Determine the Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The average cost of gastric bypass surgery is around $21,000, but it can range from $15,000 to over $35,000. How much you pay depends on a number of factors, some of which you can control:

  • Open or laparoscopic surgery – Open surgery tends to cost around $2,500 more than laparoscopic surgery due to its longer hospital stays.1
  • Bariatric surgeon– there is no specific formula for determining which surgeons charge more. For example, some high-cost surgeons charge more because they are more experienced while others because they are the“only show in town”, and some surgeons have operating privileges at more expensive hospitals.
  • Whether or not you have insurance – not only will gastric bypass surgery be less expensive for you if you have insurance, it may be less expensive overall. If your surgeon is covered by your insurance, it is likely that a discount has been negotiated to allow that surgeon to participate in your insurance company’s network (more on gastric bypass insurance below).

The total cost of gastric bypass surgery is made up of several fees, including:

  • Hospital
  • Surgeon
  • Surgical assistant
  • Anesthesia
  • Lab and X-ray
  • Operating room
  • Consultant (if necessary)

The cost information provided further up this page does not necessarily include pre-surgery or post-surgery fees such as…

  • Dietitian
  • Psychologist
  • Bariatric vitamins
  • Follow-up doctor visits

YOUR Weight Loss Journey

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For a full cost analysis, procedure comparison and cost-saving tips, see our Cost of Weight Loss Surgery page.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost Vs. Cost of Not Having Surgery

While gastric bypass surgery is costly, it pales in comparison to the long-term costs of obesity health problems for people who don’t get the surgery. Prescription drugs alone could save you $3,000 or more per year.2

A study published by the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) found that bariatric patients pay as much as $900 less per month as soon as 13 months after surgery than similar people who didn’t have surgery.3

"The cost of gastric bypass surgery pales in comparison to the long-term costs of obesity health problems."

The analysis also showed that for those receiving laparoscopic bariatric surgery, costs of surgery broke even within 2 years. Those receiving open surgery broke even within 4 years.

Nevertheless, many bariatric surgery patients do not have tens of thousands of dollars saved to pay for treatment. Fortunately, there are several ways to make it more affordable…

Gastric Bypass Surgery Insurance

If you don’t already have insurance, chances are you will not be able to get coverage for bariatric surgery.

The one exception could be insurance through your employer.  If you are not currently covered under your employer’s plan but are eligible to participate, ask your Human Resources (HR) representative whether bariatric surgery is covered.  You should be able to enroll for coverage during your company’s next open enrollment period, which HR can also confirm.

If you do have insurance, you’ve got some potentially tricky work ahead of you to…

  1. Figure out if surgery is covered
  2. If it isn’t covered, explore the possibility of getting bariatric surgery added to your plan
  3. If it is covered, navigate the lengthy process for getting it approved

Our Bariatric Surgery Insurance page will give you all the ammunition you need to get the ball rolling.

Gastric Bypass Financing

If you are paying the entire cost of gastric bypass surgery on your own, you have several good options to make it more affordable and potentially reduce your out-of-pocket costs:

Our Gastric Bypass Financing page (includes financing information for other procedures as well) will guide you through all of the options to determine which ones best fit your situation.

Does Lower Cost Gastric Bypass Surgery Exist?

The first step is to contact your local surgeon to determine what options are available to lower your costs.

If you find that gastric sleeve surgery is unaffordable, there’s a slim chance that you could qualify for less expensive or even free weight loss surgery through charity care or, at some point, government assistance.

If none of the available bariatric surgery financing options work and you are unable to get financial aid, you have one more increasingly viable option: medical travel. See our Weight Loss Surgery Mexico and Abroad page to learn more.

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References

  1. Edward H. Livingston. Hospital costs associated with bariatric procedures in the United States. American journal of surgery 1 November 2005 (volume 190 issue 5 Pages 816-820 DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2005.07.026)
  2. Snow, L; Weinstein, L; Hannon, Jeffrey; Lane, Daniel; Ringold, Forrest; Hansen, Peggy; Pointer, Michael. The Effect of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Prescription Drug Costs. Obesity Surgery, Volume 14, Number 8, September 2004 , pp. 1031-1035(5)
  3. Pierre-Yves Cremieux, PhD, et al. A Study on the Economic Impact of Bariatric Surgery. Am J Manag Care. 2008;14(9):589-596

[ Last editorial review/modification of this page : 05/12/2016]

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