Cost of Bariatric Surgery

December 17, 2006 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery 

The cost of weight loss surgery is substantial for most people and most insurance companies are refusing to pay. Julie was speaking about this just the other day. See, Julie has fought a weight problem all her life, she tries to eat right and to exercise but for some reason perhaps related to genetics she just can’t lose weight. The problem has gotten serious enough that it is starting to cause health problems and endanger her life.

Julie now realizes that something has to be done, so she is now looking at the option of having Weight Loss Surgery. Specifically the Laparoscopic  Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. This surgery is designed to help her lose weight to 50%-55% of her ideal body weight. While this surgery does not cause the most weight loss it is the safest and does not run the risk of malabsorption issues  for the patient. Many doctors are now recommending this procedure for people who are not in immediate health risk from their weight. Julie has completed all the prequalifying procedures with her weight loss surgeon and she has been classified as an ideal candidate for weight loss surgery. She is educated on the dangers of continuing to carry around additional weight, she understands the life choices needed as is prepared to make those choices. She is in relatively good health except for the additional weight and her body mass index is not too high around 44. She understands that by getting her BMI down to a normal range could add years to her life and that this is something she needs to do for her own quality of life and those of her family.

The problem is that her insurance company has denied her claim and More...she will be forced to pay for this out of her pocket. This is tough  for Julie as she has a good heart and is always thinking of other more than herself. While she has a college education, she has never pursued a career in corporate America and she chose to spend her time helping those less fortunate than her in the counseling field. She could have made more money but she decided that was not important. So now she is faced with doing without this surgery or paying for it herself.


A lot of people probably have  a similar story as Julie when it comes to weight loss surgery. Most insurance companies will not pay for the procedures except in the most extreme circumstances. This is really stupid of the insurance companies, because in most cases they could pay for this one weight surgery now and avoid having to pay for more serious surgeries later on. Morbidly obese people are 7 times as likely to suffer from heart disease or diabetes than a person of normal weight. So why won’t the insurance companies pay, it’s because they do not have to and no one can make them. As long as they can say this is still an experimental surgery, this will continue. It does not matter that countless people have benefited by weight loss surgery and has helped many people improve the quality of their life and lead longer lives.


The good news is that even though you may wind up paying for weight loss surgery out of your own pocket, studies have shown that it is more effective and really costs less per pound lost then other weight loss programs like Jenny Craig or other weight loss plans. Weight loss surgery is more effective and will give you better results than these other type programs. These other programs can work, but for some people the weight they lose is not constant and they usually gain it back over time. This can also happen with weight loss surgery, but as long as you choose a weight loss surgeon who offers a program to help you make your life changes then you have a fabulous chance of success with finally getting in control of your weight problems.


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