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What is the cost of weight loss surgery and will insurance cover it?

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A typical weight loss surgery can run from $15,000 to $25,000. Every insurance company is different, but before agreeing to cover the surgery, most insurance companies want documentation of your struggle with obesity. They want a primary care doctor's records indicating you've tried to lose weight through diet, exercise, and psychological counseling. Also, medical causes of obesity must be ruled out. It pays to ensure that your doctor documents your efforts early on, so surgery is an option later.

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

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