Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs
Gastric sleeve surgery is the #1 most popular weight loss procedure performed around the world. Compared to other bariatric surgeries, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy usually offers the best bang for your buck.
By surgically removing 80-85% of the stomach’s greater curvature, large quantities of hunger hormones, known as Ghrelin, are eliminated. The remaining sleeve-shaped stomach restricts the amount of food you need to feel full, prompting fast and long-term weight loss without changing the anatomy.
The average cost of gastric sleeve can run you anywhere from $4,500 in Mexico and up to $16,400 in the United States.
The price is based on factors like;
- Location (Country/State)
- Surgeon’s credentials, qualifications, and expertise
- Hospital facility
- What the pricing includes
- Insurance coverage (if you choose to go through your healthcare provider)
How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Cost?
Without insurance coverage, you can expect to pay out-of-pocket roughly $14,000-$22,000 in the United States or as low as $4,300 cash pay in Mexico.
The average price for gastric sleeve surgery seems expensive. But with the premium on healthcare, specialized tools, instrumentations, and medical supplies needed – the prices are relatively fixed depending on the country you go to. The real question is, how much would it be worth for you to lose weight and overcome major health problems?
Since this is an outpatient procedure, make sure the price reflects your overnight hospital stay and all related hospital fees.
If you go through insurance, your costs are completely dependent on your current healthcare plan. First off, it completely depends on if your medical insurance will cover any cost and if you would even qualify after your carrier’s tedious requirements are met.
If you are a candidate for gastric sleeve and fortunate enough to be covered by your insurance provider, you can typically expect to pay 20% of the total price.
How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Cost in Mexico?
Mexico is an attractive healthcare alternative that offers more affordable bariatric surgery.
The average cost of gastric sleeve in Mexico is approximately $4,300-$8,900 which usually comes in an “all-inclusive surgery package“.
Remember this is self-pay only, meaning you are unable to use health insurance. Payment options include cash, check, debit card, credit card, financing, or you can make payments until your surgery date. Mexico Bariatric Center saves patients about 70% of the costs to undergo gastric sleeve in the United States and Canada.
Why is Mexico the Cheapest Option for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in Mexico can save patients two-thirds of the cost because of;
- Lower Surgeon and Surgical Staff Fees
- Lower Cost of Living
- High Volume Discounts for Hospital Facilities
- Malpractice Insurance Costs
- Less Administration and Paperwork in Healthcare
How Much is Gastric Sleeve at Mexico Bariatric Center?
At Mexico Bariatric Center®, we offer Gastric Sleeve Surgery starting at $4,595! The price reflects some of the best certified bariatric surgeons in Mexico all a part of an all-inclusive out-the-door package.
Mexico Bariatric Center has several payment options to cover the costs which include credit cards, money orders, and financing. We also work with 3rd party companies to get Medical Tourism Insurance Coverage so that you are covered against unforeseen situations at a nominal cost.
What Does Gastric Sleeve Pricing Include?
- Private Ground Transportation (Inbound, In-Town, Outbound)
- Hospital Stay (2 Nights)
- Pre-Operative Tests (EKG & Blood Test)
- Hotel Stay 4-Star, (1 or 2 Nights)
- Post-Operative Standard Medications Including Discharge Medication
- Follow-up Aftercare
- Post-Operative Test (3 Leak Tests & Drain)
- Surgeon Liaison
- Full-Service Bariatric Hospital With ICU
- Certified Dietitian
- Skilled & Experienced Bariatric Surgeons
Cost of Gastric Sleeve Around the World
On average, the price of sleeve gastrectomy ranges from as low as $4,300 all the way up to $25,000 or more based on the geographical location and insurance coverage.
In the United States, most individuals report an estimated cost of $16,000 to $22,000 per surgery in 2019-2020. These are the costs you can expect to self-pay (without insurance). Even with healthcare coverage and qualification, the costs associated with co-pays and deductibles can still be more expensive than in Mexico.
For Canadians, the gastric sleeve procedure is covered by their national health care system. However, the wait-lists are long and can be years depending on the province. Canadians pay an average of $19,000 when they use “self-pay” surgeons.
Where can you get the cheapest cash pay gastric sleeve? Fortunately, when gastric sleeve prices near you are out of range, the cheapest and best alternative is paying for gastric sleeve in Mexico. Here is a breakdown of the average costs in the most popular countries.
Gastric Sleeve Price
Benefits of Traveling Abroad for Sleeve Gastrectomy
The costs of gastric sleeve surgery with Mexico Bariatric Center are straightforward, without hidden fees or additional costs. Note that bariatric surgeons typically charge higher for individuals that have greater than average BMIs (usually 49 BMI or higher). Also, patients who have a hiatal hernia are charged an additional fee for removal. This does not include airfare to/from San Diego.
- Impeccable Pre-Op and Post-Op Care
- Support Groups and Support Forums
- All-Inclusive Pricing w/ Financing Available
- Low Wait Time – It takes no more than 10 minutes to fill out an online application and get approved within 24 to 48 hours
- Better Outcome – MBC team of certified bariatric surgeons have 20+ years and 10,000 surgeries, collectively
- Low Complication Rates – MBC bariatric surgeons have extremely complications (1 / 10 of the United States)
- Save Money – MBC packages are a fraction of the cost of surgery in the U.S. and Canada
At Mexico Bariatric Center®, we strive to offer the lowest costs available while still providing excellent patient care, quality expertise, top safety standards, and before/after support.
Cost of Gastric Sleeve vs. Other Bariatric Surgeries
Gastric sleeve is proven to help patients with lasting weight loss and to help obesity-related diseases such as type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint problems, depression, and others. So patients can save money by cutting the cost of medication and treatment of the diseases associated with obesity. Plus, the expected weight loss is a massive boost in confidence and longevity.
- Gastric sleeve does not have as many doctor visits required as gastric banding
- Typically lower cost than gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch, and gastric banding
Regardless of the cost, undergoing gastric sleeve has benefits of improved health and well-being, and will pay for itself in a short time. Studies have shown the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery on the Quality-Adjusted-Life-Year (QALY).
Gastric sleeve patients realize an estimated $11,000 per year in healthcare cost savings.
The patient will recover the expenses in about 2 to 4 years if done in the United States/Canada, and about a year if done in Mexico at much more affordable prices.
Am I Covered by Insurance or Paying Cash for Gastric Sleeve?
The gastric sleeve procedure with insurance can range from little to no out-of-pocket money all the way up to $15,000+. The insurance process is typically time-consuming and drawn out over the course of 6 months to 2 years.
You will need to check with your insurance provider if it’s covered on your insurance plan. Make sure you know what the insurance coverage requirements are and the steps you need to take to get started.
If it is not covered, find out if some of the expenses incurred from the surgery are payable by the insurance provider. Sometimes they won’t pay for the surgery, but they may pay for different parts of the procedure.
Get a quote from the bariatric surgeon near you and compare it to Tijuana, Mexico’s reasonably priced sleeve packages. You will save money and receive top-of-the-line operation with the most qualified sleeve surgeons.
* Prices are subject to change. Not valid on blackout dates. Rates depend on the surgeon, surgery, additional fees, and schedule. Charges may arise because of BMI levels and previous abdominal surgeries.
** All of the testimonials are covered in our disclaimers. Individuals’ results will vary; there is no guarantee stated nor implied.
Last Updated: 2021, by Ron Elli, Ph.D.