You've probably read the health news: Belly fat -- a big waistline -- can raise your risks for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
And belly fat can be a sign of something more: Metabolic syndrome, a group of health problems that include too much fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, and low "good" HDL cholesterol -- all boosting your risks of disease.
Making matters worse, losing belly fat can sometimes seem daunting. For many people, diet and exercise don't...
Your surgeon's fee. This will vary based on where you live, your surgeon's expertise, and the procedure’s complexity.
The hospital you choose. Costs will vary and may include the operating and hospital rooms, among other fees.
Additional costs may include:
Surgical assistant's fee
Consultant fees (if necessary)
Follow-up procedures (for the gastric band)
Will Health Insurance Pay?
If you have health insurance, read your policy carefully, and work closely with your insurer and your doctor to see what's covered. Under the Affordable Care Act, some states require that health insurers cover bariatric surgery; in 2015, more than half of states mandated coverage for individual, family, and small group plans.