When I was trying to find a surgeon, one of the biggest questions I had was about the cost. Since my insurance doesn’t cover the procedure, I’m paying for it out of pocket.
From some centers I got the runaround when I asked about the cost of gastric sleeve surgery. For example, one place quoted me a range of $20,000-$100,000! Clearly they were not set up for people who were paying for the surgery themselves. How would you plan for that if you weren’t independently wealthy? (Note: I am not.)
One of the many clues that I had found the right surgeon was that his office quoted me a price. From my research I was expecting to pay $20,000 and that is what they quoted me. What follows is a breakdown of their estimates so you can see for yourself what you might pay. (I’ll post again after all the bills come in, and we’ll see how close it was.)
|Enrollment fee. (Includes pre-op visit, post-op visit, nutritionist phone appointment, 10 day pre-op liquid diet, and 1 month of vitamins and B12.)||$500|
|Psychologist phone appointment||$150|
|Assistant surgeon’s fee||$500|
|Lab fees (blood draws)||Unknown|
|Pathology fee (testing of the removed portion of the stomach. gross.)||Unknown|
|Total||$20,715 + unknowns|
Now I know that going to Mexico or Alabama or… is cheaper and can be done safely, but I want my follow-up care to be done locally. For living in an expensive area of California (San Francisco Bay Area), I think these are fair prices, and he’s only 30 minutes from my house.
Plus his office offers financing through prosper.com and their signup process is simple and they claim to make decisions quickly. Cross your fingers for my loan application going through without any hassles!
Did I answer all your ‘cost’ questions? Was there something else you wanted me to cover? I try to be really transparent as I go through this process, so please hit me up with your questions in the comments.