Cost Of Obesity

The cost of bariatric surgery is now a covered benefit

You may already have maximized your deductible and / or out-of-pocket limits, the cost of bariatric surgery may be a virtual no-cost or low-cost option for you. Many of our patients reach their plan deductible or out-of-pocket limits earlier in their plan term than they had thought, making the decision to go forward with weight loss surgery at Barix Clinics an easy decision. After your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with a dedicated insurance expert who will help you understand your insurance benefits. They will also support you in the insurance approval process by contacting your health insurance provider and making the necessary arrangements for their payment.

You'll need less time off than you might think

The amount of time necessary for recovery from gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band or gastric sleeve surgery is much shorter than in the past when most bariatric surgery was performed as an open procedure. This allows for you to return to work or your own everyday life following surgery at a much quicker pace than most people expect.

Little or no more need for expensive medications

A large number of our patients leave the hospital completely free of many of the medications they were taking prior to surgery.  Not having to take multiple medications is not only much healthier, but there are also significant savings of both money and time.

Reduction of chronic diseases that are difficult to manage

Chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, can be expensive to manage both emotionally and financially – as well as physically, causing skin and eye complications, neuropathy, and greater risk for stroke and heart disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, it was discovered more than 10 years ago that weight loss surgery can resolve type 2 diabetes in morbidly obese individuals. These serious health problems and risk of death from diabetes complications declines significantly after surgery. In fact – insulin levels often return to normal within days after surgery, before any significant weight loss even occurs. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has proven to be one of the most effective weight loss surgeries performed to remedy type 2 diabetes for the seriously overweight.

Costs of not having bariatric surgery

In addition to considering the financial cost of bariatric surgery, it is important to look at the cost of not having the weight loss surgery. It is well documented that most obese individuals are unable to reach and maintain a healthy weight without the tool of weight loss surgery. This is not due to a lack of willpower, but rather physical, psychological and environmental factors.  Also well documented are a number of conditions that are related to--basically caused by--obesity. Included in this list are type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and joint pain.

Studies presented at the 2012 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery found that bariatric surgery treats the metabolic damage of obesity by changing hormones and how organs work, reverses kidney disease, staves off the risk of heart attacks by nearly a decade, and helps manage diabetes. The cost of not having weight loss surgery may include increased medical problems, reduced quality of life, the inability to move forward in careers and not being able to fully participate in activities. 

Choosing the right place to have surgery is important

In addition to evaluating the costs of having or not having weight loss surgery, it is essential to find a comprehensive program with highly skilled surgeons and staff that will best meet your individual needs. Barix Clinics is the leader in bariatric surgery with a proven track record of safety and success. Your choice to have weight loss surgery with Barix Clinics means that you will have the benefit of over of 20 years of experience and over 40,000 surgeries. Call the experts. Call Barix Clinics.  

“I have always been overweight.  I was a chubby kid, a fat teenager, and an obese adult.  Each year my health got worse as my weight increased.  I had severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, asthma, bad knees, ankles and my back would ache from walking across the building at work.  I put my life on hold- refusing to travel for fear of not “fitting” into the plane or not being able to walk or climb stairs." 

"I had gastric bypass surgery and my life has changed 100%.  In a mere two months, I was able to stop blood pressure meds.  My asthma is well under control, in fact, I’ve only used my inhaler twice in the last year.  My sleep apnea has improved and my life is full!” --Monica A.

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