Gastric Sleeve

Also called gastrectomy, the gastric sleeve procedure removes approximately 80% of the stomach, reducing it to a thin vertical sleeve. Similarly to gastric bypass and lap-band surgeries, the procedure helps patients lose weight by restricting the amount of food they can eat and helping them feel full faster.

The surgery also affects the levels of hormones that impact hunger, your feelings of fullness and blood sugar control. Gastric sleeve patients typically stay at our hospitals for 2 days post-surgery. When combined with permanent commitments to healthy eating and regular exercise, a gastric sleeve can help overweight or obese individuals shed pounds and improve their overall health.

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Steps for Making Weight Loss Surgery Affordable

Have you delayed the idea of weight loss surgery because you’re worried about the cost? The good news is that insurance may cover more than you think. While navigating the world of deductibles and copays can seem complicated, our easy-to-follow steps can be a helpful tool. 

Here’s how to make weight loss surgery affordable with—and without—insurance. 

Step 1 

Find out if you are covered for weight loss procedures under your insurance policies. 

Look for policy information on the insurance company’s website or ask your human resources department for details. Many employers cover weight loss surgery in their insurance plans. 

Step 2

Your weight loss surgery program can help with insurance pre-authorization by sending information about your health showing that your surgery is medically necessary. 

For example, if you have a condition that’s caused or worsened by obesity, such as diabetes or heart disease, billing codes for those conditions (or others that apply) will be included in the application. 

Step 3

Get approval. 

Your responsibility will be to understand your insurance benefits, copays and deductible information. Your surgery program can help with the approval process. 

Step 4

If you can’t get insurance coverage for your procedure, you still have options. 

Many weight loss surgery programs offer a cash pay rate. Financing options, such as a flexible payment plan, can also make your procedure affordable. 

So now that you have a good understanding of how to cover the cost of weight loss surgery, why weight?

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.