There are several different types of bariatric surgery and since each are a little bit different, they all have slightly different costs associated with them. You’ll also find that these surgeries can have different price points based on where you have them done throughout the country. The figures below represent the average costs of each type of bariatric surgery in Atlanta. Keep in mind that your total cost may be different depending on the methods used to achieve results.
This type of bariatric surgery involves removing about two thirds of your stomach and then connecting the small pouch that’s left to your small intestine. Due to the risks of malnutrition, this is no longer a commonly performed surgery. However, if your doctor has recommended this to you, you can expect to pay between $20,000 and $30,000.
Biliopancreatic Diversion – Duodenal Switch
A biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS) involves removing part of the stomach to make it smaller (though you retain a larger portion than in traditional biliopancreatic diversion), as well as rerouting your intestines to reduce the amount of calories that are absorbed. Because this type of bariatric surgery is more involved than its traditional counterpart, it comes with a higher price tag. Throughout the state of Georgia, you can expect to pay an average of $30,500 without insurance.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y (RYGB) is the most common type of bariatric surgery in Atlanta. It is considered a combined surgery because it is both restrictive and malabsorptive. It restricts the size of your stomach by removing a large portion of it. It also hinders your body from absorbing too many calories by rerouting a Y-shaped section of the small intestine to the stomach so it bypasses the lower stomach. The average cost of this surgery in Atlanta is $20,000 to $30,000.
Greater Curvature Plication
A laparoscopic greater curvature plication (LGCP) is a low-risk type of bariatric surgery in Atlanta. It reduces the size of the stomach so you consume less food and therefore fewer calories. Unfortunately, this surgery is not typically covered by most insurance plans as it is considered investigational surgery. Patients can expect to pay around $10,000 to $15,000 for LGCP.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
A laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy allows you to retain the normal digestive function and does not rearrange the intestines. The stomach is still reduced in size to allow for smaller amounts of food at a time. This surgery costs an average of $14,500 in Atlanta but can be up to $20,000 across the country.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (more commonly known as LAP-BAND) is one of the most popular types of bariatric surgery because it is safe, effective, non-permanent, and minimally invasive. No part of the stomach is altered or removed, and none of the intestines are rerouted. Instead, a small band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to control the flow of food through the digestive system. In Atlanta, the average LAP-BAND procedure costs around $15,500.
Affordable Bariatric Surgery in Atlanta
Before you schedule your surgery, check with your insurance plan to see if they cover some or all of the costs of bariatric surgery in Atlanta. This can help lower your total out-of-pocket expenses. At Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery Institute, we also offer flexible payment plans to help make this life-changing procedure more affordable for those who need it. Please contact us online to learn more and schedule your consultation.