How Much Does Stomach Stapling Cost?
- Asked by Jackiebride10910 in Port St. Lucie, Fl
- 4 years ago
How much does stomach stapling cost? Not gastric bypass, just stomach stapling.
Stomach Stapling By Any Other Name...
This financial aspect of this question is answered by some of the other experts below, but I wanted to take a second to talk about a broader topic "Names of Weight Loss Surgery Procedures Performed In the US". By knowing the proper terminology of procedures, I hope that we will improve communication and lessen confusion.
Weight Loss Surgery procedures fall into 3 broad categories: Restrictive, Malabsorptive, Combination
Restrictive: These operations work by limiting how much food can be eaten in one sitting. Operations that fall into this category include include two that you have probably heard of; adjustable gastric banding (Realize Band and Lap-Band) and sleeve gastrectomy (sleeve), and an older operation you probably haven't heard of called a vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG). The VBG was a very popular operation in the 1980's and is most often referred to by patients as "stomach stapling". A vertical banded gastroplasty is basically a NON-adjustable gastric band operation. Unfortunately the vertical banded gastroplasty had a high failure rate and it has fallen out of favor among current weight loss surgeons.
Malabsorptive: These operations work mainly by limiting the amount of food a patient absorbs from their gut after they eat. The two malabsorptive operations are the biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) and the duodenal switch (DS). Patients that have had these operations can eat a significant amount of food (compared to other weight loss surgery patients) but they won't absorb the food because most of the intestinal tract has been bypassed. Of all the weight loss operations, the malabsorptive unquestionably produce the best weight loss and control of weight related medical problems. This comes at a cost, however, and for the vast majority of patients these operations are WAY more than they need to get back to a better weight.
Combination: This operation works by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten in one setting AND limiting the amount that is absorbed after the food is eaten. Gastric bypass is the only combination operation and is still considered by most to be the "gold standard" for weight loss operations because of its predictability and reliability.
I hope this helps.
Cost of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
The cost of this procedure varies widely, but so does what is included in that price. Typical fees include surgeon, anesthesiologist and hospital fees. Additional fees include the cost of followup and the cost of compications. At our center in North Carolina, our fee of $11,800 includes the fees for the surgeon, the hospital and anesthesia, as well as one year of followup and insurance against complications.
Cost of laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy
Costs vary. You can have it done in Mexico for less than $10000. In the USA prices range from $11,000 to upwards of $25,000. At our center in Michigan the total cost, including surgeon's fee anesthesiologist's fee, and hospital charges, is $11,200.
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"stomach stapling" or gastric sleeve
The gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy procedue is gaining popularity worldwide and in the united states.
This may be referred to as " only gastric stapllng" which means that no intestinal work is done as compared to the gastric bypass. The gastric sleeve is closer to the lap band in principle with the significant added benefit in that it controls "cravings" or desire to eat. This procedure does usually cause vitamins issues since there is no manipulation of the GI tract (intestines). Patients with reflux have to carefull with this procedure as it may get worse but most patients are highly satisfied. As in any "stapled" procedure there is always a chance of "leak" with can lead to repeat operations and prolongued hospital stay. Consult with the office administrator or manager regarding surgery cost as these vary depending on the region . Also most insurance carriers now cover the sleeve depending on your plan.
Popular Question, Price!
As discussed by the surgeons above, price can vary across the board, especially if you are going outside the country for surgery like Dr Pleatman explains. When looking for an affordable option outside the United States, don't use price as your deciding factor. Quality healthcare is an investment and even though you maybe getting a procedure in Mexico at half the usual cost in the U.S. pushing it can get you in trouble. Look for a reputable center, preferably an International Center of Excellence and experienced surgical group. Never forget that success is also directly associated to followup. This doesn't mean you have to return to the original center, it does mean that your center should have a followup program in place and it should be readily available to all their patients.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.