How Much Does Stomach Stapling Cost?

How much does stomach stapling cost? Not gastric bypass, just stomach stapling.

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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.

Mexico Bariatric Surgeon
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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.

Lloyd Stegemann, MD, FASMBS
Corpus Christi Bariatric Surgeon

​Cost of Surgery in Beverly Hills!

It needs to be noted that most Insurances cover weight loss surgery, and you may have no out of pocket cost.

But for those that have no coverage, or their insurance has exclusion, or prefer to pay out of pocket, we have been able to come up with an all inclusive rate of $18,000.00

This price is subject to change but includes Laparoscopic surgery in state of the art facility, Surgeon, assistant and anesthesia fee and one night stay.

Most important thing is to find an experienced surgeon....

H. Joseph Naim, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews


By stapling you mean the gastric sleeve, correct?
A you had probably heard, there are many different prices depending on each place. 
In our facilities we had complete packages, including hospital, hotel, transportation, pre op test, follow up, surgical equipment, medical staff fees, medications, etc. 
We offer 3 different locations with different prices that goes from 4700 to 7200 usd. 
You can find other places in Mexico offering cheaper prices or also higher. 
But you need to make a good research about the hospital and the surgeon, because some bariatric centers are not certified hospitals and don't have the necessary to offer safety procedures. 
In our case, we use certified hospitals in our 3 locations with international certifications. 
Also is very important tom make research about the doctor and his credentials, and spend some time asking directly to previos patients about their experience.

Alejandro Lopez, MD
Mexico Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Cost of a sleeve gastrectomy

Costs vary all over the country and South of the border, depending on hospital stay and other factors.  Make sure you do not get caught up chasing the lowest price and make sure you are focusing on picking a quality surgeon. 

Daniel J. Rosen, MD
New York Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Cost in Dominican Republic

Hi. this surgery is one of the most popular in Dominican Republic. With all the labs, 15 days of recovery house and all the surgery related is 11000 us dollars.
Anyway try to select your doctor putting way the prices, the most important thing is the trust an secure that the doctor gift to you.
bless you.  

Pablo Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 111 reviews

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.

Ryan Heider, MD
Mooresville Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

"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. 

Ricardo M. Bonnor, MD, FACS
Houston General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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.

Mark Pleatman, MD
Bloomfield Hills Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Anywhere from $3,899 to $8000 in Mexico

A Gastric Sleeve in Mexico can run you anywhere from $3,899 to $8000. When looking out of the country for this type of procedure, make sure you look at the surgeons experience, facility, and complication rate. For the surgery to be at a reputable hospital with ICU and experienced surgeon, you're looking at something in the mid five thousands.

Good Luck

Sergio Verboonen, MD
Mexico Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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