Average Cost of Lap Band Surgery By Region + "Unforeseen" Costs

The cost of lap band surgery varies widely by region and clinic. The average gastric band surgery cost for each country, state, province and territory - along with out of pocket expenses that you may not have planned for and how to get a customized quote - can be found below...

Average Gastric Band Surgery Cost by Region

The cost of lap band surgery (gastric banding) will be in the following ranges by country depending on your surgeon, hospital and region according to our annual International Bariatric Surgeon Survey:

  • United States: State averages are between $10,000 and $33,000 (U.S. dollars)
  • Canada: Province averages are between $16,400 and $18,750 (in Canadian dollars; U.S. equivalent is between $15,400 and $17,700)
  • Australia: Between $1,700 to $4,750 (in Australian dollars), assuming you have Australian private insurance, which most Australians do (U.S. equivalent is between $1,450 and $4,550) -
  • Mexico (links to separate page): Cost of lap band surgery averages about $5,800 (U.S. dollars)

Following are additional details for each country...

United States

Cost of Lap Band Surgery by State

Following is the average cost of lap band surgery for each state according to our annual surgeon survey...

RegionAverage Cost
ALABAMA
$14,150

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

ALASKA
$33,189

ALASKA surgeons surveyed are located in Anchorage

ARIZONA
$13,749

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

ARKANSAS
$12,688

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

CALIFORNIA
$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

COLORADO
$10,618

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

CONNECTICUT
$17,791

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

DELAWARE
$12,257

DELAWARE surgeons surveyed are located in Dover, Newark and Wilmington

FLORIDA
$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

GEORGIA
$15,140

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

HAWAII
$20,154

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

IDAHO
$11,161

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

ILLINOIS
$15,155

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

INDIANA
$16,340

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

IOWA
$17,275

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

KANSAS
$13,225
KENTUCKY
$14,124

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

LOUISIANA
$13,133

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

MAINE
$20,937

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

MARYLAND
$18,647

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

MASSACHUSETTS
$16,758

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

MICHIGAN
$15,475

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

MINNESOTA
$21,383

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

MISSISSIPPI
$12,974

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

MISSOURI
$15,975

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

MONTANA
$17,850

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

NEBRASKA
$15,267

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

NEVADA
$13,975

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

NEW HAMPSHIRE
$19,850

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

NEW JERSEY
$12,300

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

NEW MEXICO
$14,500

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

NEW YORK
$19,325

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

NORTH CAROLINA
$17,193

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

NORTH DAKOTA
$18,750

NORTH DAKOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Bismarck and Grand Forks

OHIO
$16,017

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

OKLAHOMA
$11,215

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

OREGON
$18,467
PENNSYLVANIA
$16,790

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

SOUTH CAROLINA
$12,250

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

SOUTH DAKOTA
$13,333

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

TENNESSEE
$13,995

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

TEXAS
$10,433

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

UTAH
$13,177

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

VERMONT
$12,100

VERMONT surgeons surveyed are located in Burlington, Montpelier and Springfield

VIRGINIA
$18,233

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

WASHINGTON
$15,987

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

WASHINGTON DC
$12,638
WEST VIRGINIA
$16,389

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

WISCONSIN
$17,000

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

WYOMING
$11,990

WYOMING surgeons surveyed are located in Afton, Cheyenne and Riverton

For a breakdown gastric band surgery costs, see our Bariatric Surgery Cost Components Section.

Gastric Band Surgery Cost Vs. Other Procedures in the United States

While lap band surgery is typically the least expensive procedure available in the United States out of the "Big 4" (lap band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and duodenal switch), many surgeons are no longer recommending it because of the long-term complication and removal rates.

However, many practices still offer it and feel that it is the right procedure for certain patients (we even found a few practices that ONLY offer lap band surgery, although this is becoming increasingly rare; many practices that only offered lap band surgery in the past are now performing gastric sleeve surgery as well).

Personalized Lap Band Cost Quote in the United States

Your local surgeon will be able to give you a more exact quote, including a free insurance check (if you have insurance) and financing options.

 

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Canada

Cost of Lap Band Surgery by Province

Only two provinces - British Columbia and Quebec - had enough "self pay" clinics to develop lap band cost averages.

Following were the results of our Self-Pay Lap Band Cost Survey for each province...

RegionAverage Cost
BRITISH COLUMBIA
$16,443
QUEBEC
$18,750

Our Weight Loss Surgery Cost Breakdown Section goes into the details about what goes into these costs.

If you have insurance and are willing to wait between 2 and 15 years to have your surgery (depending on the facility), lap band surgery is covered in the following provinces: Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

Lap Band Cost Vs. Other Procedures in Canada

The average out of pocket costs for gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and lap band surgery were very comparable in Canada... they differed by no more than $2,000.

As mentioned above, lap band surgery is covered by public insurance in 4 provinces. Gastric bypass surgery is covered in all provinces, but gastric sleeve and duodenal switch are not covered in any.

Personalized Lap Band Cost Quote in Canada

Contact a local Canadian surgeon (or surgeon in a nearby province) for an individualized self-pay quote.

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Australia

RegionAverage Cost
NEW SOUTH WALES
$4,750

NEW SOUTH WALES surgeons surveyed are located in Sydney

QUEENSLAND
$4,500

QUEENSLAND surgeons surveyed are located in Brisbane and Gold Coast

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
$2,917

SOUTH AUSTRALIA surgeons surveyed are located in Adelaide and Barossa Valley

TASMANIA
$1,700

TASMANIA surgeons surveyed are located in Hobart

VICTORIA
$4,129

VICTORIA surgeons surveyed are located in Melbourne

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
$2,200

WESTERN AUSTRALIA surgeons surveyed are located in Perth

To learn more about the components that go into theses costs, see our Weight Loss Surgery Costs Australia section.

Gastric Band Surgery Cost Vs. Other Procedures in Australia

The average out of pocket cost of lap band surgery in Australia - assuming you have insurance - is comparable to gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

Without private insurance, the gap becomes more noticeable... gastric band surgery is between $2,000 and $6,000 less expensive on average than the other two procedures.

Personalized Lap Band Cost Quote in Australia

Click here to contact a local Australian bariatric surgeon (or surgeon in a nearby state/territory) for a customized quote.

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Cost of Lap Band Surgery Preparatory & Follow Up Doctor Visits

Follow-up doctor visits will cost an additional $15 to $300 per visit... a big consideration given the follow-up visits required to get your lap band fill amount just right.

The good news is that many surgeons will include the cost of between 3 and 13 months of follow-up visits - including fills and unfills - in their packaged price. Be sure to ask your surgeon about this before moving forward with surgery.

The following will give you a general idea about the number of follow-up visits you can expect...

  • Prior to Surgery: Surgeon, dietitian/nutritionist and psychologist consultations
  • Year 1: 10 to 15 visits (weekly for first month, then monthly or every other month thereafter)
  • Year 2: 4 to 6 visits (at least quarterly)
  • Years 3+: 2 to 3 (at least semi-annually)

Again, your local surgeon will be able to give you specifics about their cost per visit.

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Cost of Vitamins and Supplements

Lap band surgery is known as a "restrictive" surgery instead of a "malabsorptive" surgery (like gastric bypass). This means that you lose weight by "restricting" the amount of food that your stomach can hold, making you feel full sooner.

Restrictive surgeries require much less ongoing supplementation than malabsorptive procedures, so your total ongoing costs for vitamins and supplements will be lower.

But you'll still need supplementation since you won't be able to eat as much as your body needs.

Most gastric banding (lap band) patients take a daily bariatric multivitamin along with iron and calcium supplements. Your surgeon may also recommend thiamine, B12 and folic acid.

Total cost for lap band vitamins and supplements following surgery are likely to range between $40 and $100 per month.

See our Bariatric Vitamins page for more details about vitamins and supplements.

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Lap Band Insurance and Financing

Most insurance companies that cover weight loss surgery will provide coverage for most lap band costs, doctor visits and supplements. So if you have insurance that covers it, you'll only be on the hook for any applicable copays, deductibles and coinsurance.

If you don't have insurance or have a high deductible that you need assistance with, several financing options are out there to give you a hand.

Click the following links for more information:

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