In 2010, freelance writer Gary Weiss had gastric bypass surgery and lost 100#. He took a look at the financial costs and savings of weight loss surgery—a topic not often discussed.
Expenses include the initial co-pays and follow-up fees, vitamin/mineral and protein supplements, new clothing, gym membership, and potential additional medical costs for reconstructive surgery or complications. The savings come in the form of lower food costs, lower prescription costs, lower medical costs, and less time missed from work.
From a purely financial standpoint, if you have healthcare coverage, you’ll reap your return on investment in 2-4 years. If you pay out of pocket, it will take a little longer.
Bariatric surgery makes financial sense for most people, but even more important are the other benefits that accompany weight loss surgery: longer life, enhanced quality of life, and improved health.