What is the cost of Lap Band?
The average price of lap-band surgery in the United States is $14,532. However, the price varies considerably across the country; it may cost as little as $8,700 or as much as $29,000.
Cash prices are usually lower than insurance prices, though the patient would pay less out-of-pocket if the insurer covers the procedure. Outpatient surgery centers offer lower prices than hospitals.
Effectiveness, safety and reversibility are features of the LAP-BAND® procedure that make it a popular surgical weight loss option in the United States. Though a LAP-BAND® procedure can be costly, several options are available for patients both with and without insurance to reduce these costs.
The LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric band system is the first adjustable medical device for weight loss and the first minimally invasive surgical weight loss approach approved in the United States by the FDA. The silicone device is manufactured from biocompatible materials. In very rare cases, people may be allergic to the material of the implanted device.
LAP-BAND® surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, in which a donut-shaped device is placed over the stomach to partition off a smaller pouch. The band is filled with saline, making it adjustable and customizable for the patient. Because the band limits the capacity of the pouch, which limits how much you can eat, you will have a restricted diet that helps you sustain long-term weight loss. This device is controlled by an access port, where your doctors can adjust the size of the band using saline solution, allowing you to tighten or loosen the band to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Today, many insurance companies cover most, in some cases even all costs for Lap-Band Surgery. Based on market research, over 80% of actual procedures performed were reimbursed in full or in part by insurance.
However, patients must meet the requirements of their insurance policy. This might include having a high enough BMI to qualify for surgery, or require that you undergo a six-month supervised diet program prior to being approved. Most insurance companies require prior authorization for weight loss surgery, as well as a Letter of Medical Necessity from your doctor. Contact our weight loss clinic’s insurance specialist for steps to take to get insurance approval.
Some weight loss surgery programs will offer financing options for weight loss surgery. Check with your surgeon’s office to learn about financing options available for your specific case.
If you wish to pay cash for your LAP-BAND® surgery, the average cost in the U.S. is between $15,000 and $29,000.