Costs of weight loss surgery
The cost of weight loss surgery ranges between fifteen thousand and thirty five thousand dollars dependent upon the amount of post-op care, the medical setting, the team, the experience of the surgeon, and which type of surgical procedure you choose. Generally, insurance companies will cover weight loss surgeries, but that depends upon the insurance provider, your particular health plan, and which state. There are still certain eligibility requirements even if you are covered. These requirements generally include documentation that you have attempted previous weight loss, your current BMI standards, any obesity-related health conditions, as well as a Letter of Medical Necessity from your physician.
Medicare began to cover the lap band surgery as well as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in the year 2006. In order to qualify, the weight loss surgery must be performed in a hospital or in a center for medical practice which has received a rating of Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery or by the American College of Surgeons.
In order to have your weight loss surgery covered by your insurance, a Letter of Medical Necessity is often required. This letter is a statement from your doctor which lists your body mass index and weight, which health conditions you are facing currently because of your obesity, as well as how long you have been overweight, which weight loss attempts you have tried in recent years, and a recommendation for weight loss surgery because of your situation.