Cost of a Gastric Sleeve

Cost Of A Gastric Sleeve

Have diet and exercise failed you? Are you not able to lose weight naturally? Unfortunately, the weight loss process can be frustrating, especially when you do not see any results.

There are a few surgeries you can undergo to assist in your weight loss journey, but the big question is, what is the cost of a gastric sleeve, and will it be worth it?

What is a Gastric Sleeve?

A gastric sleeve is when a surgeon removes part of your stomach and ties the remaining pieces into a smaller “sleeve.” This sleeve is 1/10 of the size of your old stomach and will fill up much quicker.  

Gone are the days you could binge eat, making it much easier to lose those extra pounds. In addition, the section of the stomach your surgeon removes also contains the hormone that increases your appetite, so your food cravings should dissipate as well.

What is the Difference between a Gastric Sleeve and a Gastric Bypass?

A gastric bypass is when your doctor creates a small pouch that evades the majority of your stomach, which allows the food to travel straight to the intestine.  

There are usually weight restrictions for this surgery, so you either need to lose weight beforehand or have another option: the gastric sleeve. This surgery is perfect for people with a BMI of 40 or over, making it a popular choice.

Why would I need a Gastric Sleeve?

Why would I need a Gastric Sleeve

Obesity can cause some severe health risks that can be life-threatening; these risks include:

  • Stroke or heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnoea

Before your doctor gives you the approval for the surgery, you need to show that you are committed to losing weight, so you will be given three months to lose a specific amount of pounds.

What does a Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost?

There is no set answer for this question, as the cost of gastric sleeve surgery will vary depending on your location. However, when it comes to comparing prices, other weight-loss surgeries can be more affordable.  

Gastric bypass surgery tends to be cheaper; however, the gastric band procedure is more expensive. Prices for sleeve gastrectomy have significantly decreased over the years, making the treatment more competitive and popular.

Below is a general pricing guideline to help you make an informed decision:

  • Typical pricing when comparing costs from across the country is $9,000-$27,000
  • The price most often quoted to clients is $15,400
  • A rounded up average price for gastric sleeve surgery in the USA is $16,800

I have based these costs on the fact that they are cash pay prices, which means you pay the total amount of the surgery before the procedure begins. This can significantly decrease the total cost.  

Country Operation TypePrice
TurkeyGastric Sleeve€2200 – €3200
Gastric Bypass€2500 – €3500
United KingdomGastric Sleeve£8,000 – £15,000
Gastric Bypass£8,000 – £10,000
United StatesGastric Sleeve$17,500
Gastric Bypass$27,000

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What is Included in the Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

What is Included in the Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

During your procedure, your surgeon enlists the help of several specialists, which include a bariatric surgeon and nurses. Unfortunately, this can rack up the costs which include:

  • Hospital fees
  • Weight loss specialist fees
  • Anesthetic
  • X-rays and blood work
  • Follow-up appointments

If I Pay Less, will I get the Same Results?

Less is not always more, and there are usually hidden costs in a bargain. For these types of surgeries, you will usually find that countries like Mexico offer better prices. While this is all good and well, you need to consider your travel costs and if the trip will be worth it.

Another thing to consider is if the surgeons in those countries have the experience needed for this procedure.  Gastric sleeve surgery is usually very successful, but there are risks involved, and traveling to an unknown land, trusting an unknown surgeon can result in disaster.

I would suggest splurging a little more and rest at ease, knowing you are in good hands. After this surgery, the results you will experience will change your life, making those few extra dollars worthwhile. 

 Most Medical Insurers Cover Gastric Sleeve Surgery

When weight loss surgeries became popular, medical insurers considered them a cosmetic procedure, not covering the surgery. However, since obesity has become such a huge problem, some medical plans cover most costs, especially in the USA.

Always check with your insurance as there might be specific requirements you will need to meet before they give the go-ahead.

Preparation

Your physician needs to approve you for this procedure, and there are specific preparations you need to do before you undergo the knife.

You will need to have multiple tests and exams carried out. For example, you might have to undergo a sleep test. There’s also a possibility you will be put on a special diet and asked to take a specific medication. Other requirements can include starting an exercise program, and if you are a smoker, you might need to quit.

You are planning for after your surgery is also essential. The first few days will be hard as you will be in a lot of pain, and you might need someone to help you.

Aftercare Costs

There are a few things you need to consider before going through with this procedure, and one of the main factors is the cost of out-of-pocket expenses after your surgery; they include:

  • Appointments with a nutritionist can range from $50 – $100 per session.
  • Follow-up appointments with a weight-loss specialist (check with your insurance as some plans will cover these consultations)
  • Unforeseen complications like infection (again check with your insurance)
  • Healthy food
  • Cosmetic surgery to have excess skin removed and muscles tightened once you have lost weight.
  • A new closet of clothes. Once you have achieved your ideal weight, your old clothes will not fit you anymore, and you will need a whole new wardrobe.

You Need to Change your Lifestyle Starting with Your Diet

You Need to Change your Lifestyle Starting with Your Diet

After surgery, you will be on a liquid diet for the first 24 hours. Once you have left the hospital, you need to puree all your meals for around a month. Specialists often recommend protein shakes as well.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you will need to change the way you eat forever. Once you move onto solid meals, you have to eat healthy foods and stay away from junk at all costs.

Other factors to keep in mind are:

  • Chewing is essential; you have to chew your food finely before swallowing.
  • You can’t drink while you eat as the liquid can cause your stomach to overfill. So instead, wait 30 minutes after eating before drinking anything.
  • Try not to snack or drink sugary sodas.

How Weight Loss Works after Surgery

Typically, most people can lose up to 60% of excess weight over a year to 18 months. So, for example, if you are 100 pounds overweight, you will shake off 60 pounds.  

This amount varies from person to person, though, as everyone’s metabolism is different. It will also depend on your diet and how much you exercise.

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What are the Risks Associated with Gastric Sleeves?

Risks include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Leaks along the incision where your surgeon has stapled it shut
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • A bad reaction to the anesthetic
  • Blood clots
  • Lung or breathing issues
  • Gallstones
  • Hernias
  • Low blood sugar
  • Malnutrition
  • Ulcers
  • Heartburn
  • This is very rare, but some people have died

After the procedure, you may find that some foods do not agree with you anymore. There is also a chance to develop nutritional problems, so you must take vitamins.  

You Can Save Real Money

You might not see it now, but you could save money in the long run. Firstly you won’t need as much food as you did before. 

Another huge benefit is that your health will improve after losing weight which means there is less chance of needing medical care in your future.

Conclusion

If you are overweight and need to shake off those extra pounds, you should consider a gastric sleeve. While a gastric sleeve is expensive, most medical insurers now cover a portion or all of the bill.

Gastric sleeve surgery is when your doctor removes a section of your stomach, making it smaller, so you get fuller faster, making you eat less. This surgery is highly effective, and most people experience excellent results in the first 12 months.  

Most people don’t consider the after the cost of a gastric sleeve procedure. Things like nutritionist visits, cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin, new clothes, and eating healthier can rack up the bills. You will also need to take vitamins for the rest of your life.

However, you can save money in the long run. This is because you will be buying less food and spending less on medical bills. Having a gastric sleeve procedure can change your life for the better. While this surgery helps you lose weight, making you look amazing, it also improves your health.  

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In HayatMed Clinic, we offer high-quality, specialized, and affordable Medical Care services. Visit our Obesity Procedures Department, or go back to the Medical Blog.

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