One of the most common questions when it comes to weight loss surgery revolves around the cost. While in certain scenarios the price can be significant, some of the weight loss procedures actually really do pay off!
Think about it… how many different diet and exercise routines have you tried? How much have you already spent trying to lose weight? Many times, people don’t realize the cost of all the various methods that have failed over the years.
We aren’t here to tell you that each and every procedure is worth your hard earned money, but when it comes to results, we know that reaching your weight loss goals are priceless.
When you really sit down and consider the pro’s and con’s, most people jump directly to considering the pro’s of weight loss, better eating habits, and the con of a large sum of money. However, what if you thought about it a different way; is there any price you wouldn’t pay to give yourself significantly lower chances of developing serious medical issues in the future?
Most people don’t always consider the medical factor, and while it pains us to think about it, sometimes a weight loss procedure can be the ultimate difference between life and death. Given this reflection, your mind really begins to reconsider what is considered “expensive” when it comes to alleviating yourself of serious medical risks.
Below we will discuss how much weight loss surgery truly costs, and what procedures we think may be worth your consideration.
Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Band, and Gastric Balloon
In this section, we’ll discuss the most popular forms of bariatric surgery, their costs, and if we think they’re worth your consideration.
The Gastric Bypass operation consists of the surgeon making changes to both your stomach and small intestine to adjust the way you consume and digest your food. This is a surgical operation, and your hospital stay will most likely last between 1-2 days. As with any form of surgery, there are various risks involved with a Gastric Bypass. However, the short term weight loss results can be significant (on average, patients lose 70% excess body weight), and the various benefits to your health can be extraordinary.
In regards to price, Gastric Bypass Surgery can be quite expensive. According to Obesity Coverage, the average quote for a Gastric Bypass is $23,000, with the average total price being slightly above $25,000. If you are severely overweight and are of high risk for serious health issues, this procedure can be great for you. However, given the high price and moderate risk that comes with a surgical procedure, a Gastric Bypass is not for everyone.
The Gastric Sleeve procedure, now the most common weight loss procedure in the United States, consists of the surgeon removing 75-80% of your stomach. Similar to the Gastric Bypass, this operation can result in incredible weight loss (on average, patients lose 60% excess body weight) and significantly lower your risk of serious medical problems. The Gastric Sleeve operation is shorter than that of the Gastric Bypass, and due to various technological improvements over the years, the Gastric Sleeve is considered a safe procedure, however there are always increased risks when it comes to surgery.
The cost of a Gastric Sleeve surgery can range between $15,000-$25,000, depending on the specific clinic. According to Obesity Coverage, the average quote for a Gastric Sleeve, is $15,400, with the average total cost of the surgery being $16,800. For those who are seriously overweight and are battling medical issues, this is a fantastic option for reaching both your health and weight loss goals. The Gastric Sleeve is known to have lower chances for potential complications in the future, and the average cost is more affordable when the end result is essentially the same. If you’re debating between the Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve, our recommendation would be to expand your research into the Gastric Sleeve, and speak to your doctor about which procedure is best for you.
The Gastric Band surgery, different from both the previously mentioned surgeries, occurs when the surgeon places a silicone band around the stomach to reduce food intake by decreasing one’s stomach size. The surgery is normally conducted at an outpatient clinic, and the procedure is minimally invasive, meaning it’s less surgical than both the Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve. There is a lower BMI required for this operation, 35 and above, as opposed to both the previously mentioned operations that require a body mass index of 40 and above. While the weight loss benefits are still significant (on average, patients lose 50% excess body weight), they are not as high as the Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve.
When it comes to the cost of the Gastric Band operation, the surgery ranges between $8,700-$29,000, depending on both which state the operation takes place and the clinic performing the surgery. According to Obesity Coverage, the average quote for a Gastric Band is $14,532. The Gastric Band surgery is not as serious as the Gastric Sleeve, in regards to both the severity of the surgery and the weight loss results, however it costs around the same price on average. If you have a BMI lower than 40, the Gastric Band operation could be a good fit for you, but don’t expect the same weight loss as either of the aforementioned procedures. Speak to your doctor to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The Gastric Balloon procedure involves inserting a saline filled balloon into the stomach to limit the amount of food you can consume. The balloon will occupy around one-third of the stomach’s volume, and in addition to limiting the food you eat, the Gastric Balloon will help you develop healthier eating habits. In order to receive a Gastric Balloon, you’re required to have a body mass index of 27 or higher, making this the lowest requirement of the bariatric procedures. With a Gastric Balloon, the weight loss results are slightly less significant than with the other procedures (on average, patients lose 30% excess body weight). However, there is one Gastric Balloon that’s changing the game with weight loss results of over 50% excess body weight, but we’ll discuss that later.
When it comes to the cost of the Gastric Balloon, according to Obesity Coverage, the procedure can range between $6,000-$9,000, making it the cheapest of all bariatric surgeries we’ve discussed. In addition to having the lowest cost, the Weight Loss Balloon is a non-surgical procedure, meaning it comes with decreased risks and less recovery time. Furthermore, the Stomach Balloon is temporary, so you will not encounter potential problems down the road. If your BMI is lower than 40, the Gastric Balloon is a fantastic option for meeting your weight loss goals. But, when it comes to specific balloon procedures, there’s one that sets itself apart, making it truly the only Gastric Balloon worth considering.
The Spatz3 Weight Loss Balloon
When it comes to Weight Loss Balloons, there’s only one balloon that’s worth your consideration, the Spatz3. As the only Adjustable Gastric Balloon on the market, the Spatz3 is the only stomach balloon that can navigate the two most common complications with the Gastric Balloon Procedure. Due to our unique adjustability, we can decrease the volume of your balloon to avoid early balloon removal and extend your treatment time. Additionally, by increasing the volume of your balloon, we can ensure maximum weight loss results!
In recent US FDA trials, the Spatz3 absolutely blew the competition away, achieving almost double the weight loss results and double the overall success rates.
Boasting an 84% overall success rate, the Spatz3 was far ahead of the competition, with the closest competitor only receiving a 48.8% overall success rate. When you think about it, these numbers mean that only 5 out of every 10 patients reach successful weight loss with our competitors, whereas when using the Spatz3, 84% of patients reach successful weight loss.
With excess weight loss of 53.6%, the Spatz3 is in a league of its own. Our closest competitor received 38.8% excess weight loss, significantly less than our impressive results of 53.6%. With the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon, you can expect weight loss results comparable to operations that are twice the price.
Like we said, when it comes to weight loss procedures, the Spatz3 is the clear choice. For a fraction of the cost, you can expect significant weight loss results with far less risk involved. The Spatz3 has been trusted by over 70,000 patients worldwide to help them meet their weight loss goals, what are you waiting for?