Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs
Gastric sleeve surgery (VSG) is the world’s #1 most popular weight loss procedure. 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 anywhere from $4,600 in Mexico to $16,400 in the United States.
Reputable surgical facilities in Tijuana, Mexico, offer safe sleeve surgery at discounted prices without compromising quality. Learn how you can take advantage of these savings by contacting our knowledgeable staff at Mexico Bariatric Center® (MBC).
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 $4,500 cash pay in Mexico. The price is based on factors like;
- Location (Country/State)
- Surgeon’s credentials, qualifications, and expertise
- Hospital facility
- What the pricing includes
- Insurance policy (if you choose to go through your healthcare provider)
The real question is, how much is it worth for you to lose weight long-term and overcome major health problems?
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 $4,500-$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, PayPal, and financing. Usually, patients save about 70% of the costs for gastric sleeve in the United States and Canada.
Why is Mexico the Cheapest Option?
Mexico offers two-thirds savings on vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) due to the following factors;
- Lower surgeon and surgical staff fees
- Lower cost of living
- High-volume discounts for hospital facilities
- High-volume discounts on hotel accommodations
- Malpractice insurance costs
- Less administration and paperwork
Cost of Gastric Sleeve Around the World
On average, the price of sleeve gastrectomy ranges from as low as $4,500 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. Even with healthcare coverage and qualification, you spend more on co-pays and deductibles than you would if you cross the border.
Patients in Canada who are obese can receive gastric sleeve free of charge through their universal single-pay healthcare 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?
The procedure price varies from state to state, so you must shop around. If gastric sleeve prices near you are out of range, the most affordable and best alternative is paying for gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana. Here is a breakdown of the average costs in the most popular countries.
Gastric Sleeve Price
Get a quote from the bariatric surgeon near you and compare it to Tijuana, Mexico’s reasonably priced sleeve packages. You will spend less money and receive top-of-the-line operations with the most qualified sleeve surgeons.
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 treating the diseases associated with obesity.
- 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 improved health and well-being benefits and will pay for itself quickly. Studies have shown the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery on the Quality-Adjusted-Life-Year (QALY). The expected weight loss is a massive boost in confidence and longevity.
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 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+. If you invoke your insurance, the costs depend entirely on what percentage they pick up. 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 hospital bill ($24,000 to $40,000). If you have Medicare or Medicaid, your bariatric surgery is typically covered.
The insurance process is typically time-consuming and drawn out over the course of 6 months to 2 years. It is difficult to qualify and fulfill your carrier’s tedious requirements. If it is not covered by your carrier, find out if some of the expenses incurred from the surgery are payable by the provider. Sometimes they won’t pay for the surgery, but they may pay for different parts of the procedure. We can help you file for reimbursements to get a portion of your payment back.
How Much is Gastric Sleeve at MBC?
At Mexico Bariatric Center®, we offer Gastric Sleeve Surgery starting at $4,595. The price reflects the best certified bariatric surgeons in Mexico within an all-inclusive, out-the-door package.
Mexico Bariatric Center has several payment options to cover the costs, which include credit cards, money orders, Zelle, and financing options. You can also make payments toward the balance until your surgery date. We also work with 3rd party companies to get medical tourism insurance coverage to protect you against unforeseen situations at a nominal cost.
What is Included in the MBC Package?
At MBC, the price comprises the sleeve gastrectomy procedure as well as your time at our top-rated hotel and hospital facilities.
- 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
- Optional Medical Tourism Insurance Coverage
Since this is not an outpatient procedure, ensure the price reflects your overnight hospital stay and all related hospital fees.
Benefits of Traveling Abroad with MBC
Gastric sleeve surgery costs with Mexico Bariatric Center are straightforward and transparent, without hidden fees. Note that bariatric surgeons typically charge higher for individuals with greater than average BMIs (usually 49 BMI or higher). Also, patients with 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
- No Surprise 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 100+ years and 20,000 surgeries, collectively
- Low Complication Rates – MBC bariatric surgeons have extremely low complication rates – one-tenth 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 while providing excellent patient care, quality expertise, top safety standards, and before/after support.
* 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: 2022, by Ron Elli, Ph.D.