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How to Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery

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What’s the Recovery Period?

Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery.  Recovery from gastric banding usually takes at least 1 week, and with a gastric bypass, it is often up to 4 weeks.

Because of new techniques, weight loss surgery can often be performed with minimum invasion, via small incisions. In a few centers around the country, weight loss surgery is even done on an outpatient basis.

How Do I Pay for Surgery?

Contact your insurance company to ask what it covers and what it requires. Many insurance companies want to know what you've done to try to lose weight before surgery.

Paying for weight loss surgery yourself is very expensive. A typical weight loss operation can run from $20,000 to $25,000. There may be financing options; check the terms carefully so you know what you're getting into.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on September 10, 2014
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