When you are considering the lap-band procedure, regardless of whether you are self-pay or not, you should take care to understand what the cost involves. The total price is going to include the fees for the hospital stay, the surgeon & the anesthesiologist, and the brand-name band itself.
Once you decide that you want to undergo the lap band surgery, the next step is to choose a surgeon and a surgery center where you can go through the operation. Although the lap band requires a surgeon with specific expertise, sometimes this can alter the cost associated with your surgery.
Cost should definitely play a role in determining who will perform your lap band surgery and where, but it should not be the only consideration that you make. You should try to find a balance between a high-quality surgeon and surgery center, and a price that fits within your budget. Finding a happy medium between the quality of procedure and quantity of price will give you the best chance of being completely satisfied with the results that you receive.
In the United States, a different emphasis is placed on the cost of certain services, such as the surgeon’s individual fees and the cost of the hospital room for example. On the other hand, in Mexico, most surgery packages are sold as medical tourism all-inclusive packages. The flat rate that you are charged will include the device, room and board, the surgical procedure itself, the surgeons and anything else you need during your recovery.
Just as with surgery in the United States, you should be able to receive a rundown of the costs involved in your surgery so that you know exactly what you are paying for and how much. Also, make sure the band the physician is using is a brand-name and not aftermarket.