Cash/Self-Pay Gastric Sleeve Cost
Here at VIPSurg we are acutely aware of the challenges that many prospective bariatric patients face. Not only is it an incredibly difficult decision to choose bariatric surgery, but there are also insurance challenges that put up additional barriers for many who, not only want bariatric surgery, but need it to regain a normal lifestyle and lengthen their lives.
With insurance companies always wanting to reduce their cash outlay, targeting bariatric
surgery as an exclusion on many policies has become the norm. Even the best of policies often have an exclusion for weight loss surgery.
From a surgeon’s perspective, this is truly baffling. The long-term costs of obesity — which run the gamut from doctors’ visits and medication, to food cost and long-term medical complications, will ultimately cost more than the surgery itself. Bariatric surgery procedures, when performed by a skilled surgeon, have a long-term weight loss success rate in the range of 70 to 80%.
What Are Your Options?
Ultimately, patients who have suffered from obesity for years and are good candidates for bariatric surgery can avail themselves of our special gastric sleeve pricing of $10,950. This includes:
- Preoperative consultations and visits
- Preoperative EKG
- Gastric sleeve surgery
- Anesthesiologist fees
- Facility fees – our laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedures are performed in a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center
- Follow-up for six months after surgery
In addition to this all-inclusive, pre-negotiated price, patients do not have to submit to six months or more of preoperative requirements often imposed by their insurance company. Further, there is no anxiety or concern about getting prior approval.
While we don’t require six months of medically supervised weight loss, we review each patient’s medical and weight history carefully, and facilitate a psychological and nutritional evaluation. Individuals may still be asked to go on a preoperative diet to reduce their surgical risks or demonstrate commitment, but this is tailored to each patient
In some cases, our cash-pay sleeve cost may approximate the deductible or total out-of-pocket expense imposed by your insurance company.
The first step to understanding if bariatric surgery is right for you is to watch our online seminar and subsequently schedule a consultation with Dr. Tsuda or Dr. Ryan to learn more about the procedure. Our helpful billing team at the office will assist you in understanding your insurance policy and the cash pay option described above.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about insurance coverage or our cash payment plan, we encourage you to contact our office.