Many people ask why gastric sleeve surgery is so expensive. This is a great question.
- Weight loss surgery is not a magic, quick fix solution. Reputable clinics need to provide follow up care and also dietitians and surgeon post-op visits. It is not just about the one hour operation. Successful weight loss requires long term follow up.
- Without health insurance, the cost of surgery starts from about 18000. This seems like a large sum until you appreciate that when you go to a hospital, you see receptionists, nurses, cleaners, trolley people, orderlies and essentially you are paying for all of them to look after you during your gastric sleeve surgery stay.
- Medical equipment, anesthetic and medications are all expensive. We use six staple fires during gastric sleeve surgery – this alone can cost thousands.
We advise people not to look and baulk at the upfront cost of surgery. Rather consider it as a small investment in improving quality of life and length of life.