The ability to pay cash for lap band surgery makes the decision to have surgery easier. You don’t have to worry about going through an insurance company, passing the required tests, making the necessary appointments, and following a medically supervised diet. As long as you meet the minimum requirements for gastric band surgery
in the United States, you can have surgery as soon as a surgeon can get you on the schedule. But before shelling out £3,250 for a gastric band surgery in France, consider the following:
- How much weight will you lose from gastric Band surgery?
- Have you already weighed the risks and benefits?
- If you have a complication, will your insurance cover it or will you have to pay out of pocket?
Most insurance companies will cover complications but there are plenty of instances where they do not. Many people have flown to Mexico or India to save money. They return after a successful surgery and the band slips or they have problems swallowing and require an EGD (a scope placed down the esophagus) to diagnose the problem. Are you willing to pay these costs? They can be in the thousands. Make sure you call your insurance company and let them know you are paying cash for gastric band surgery and you want to be sure that they will cover the cost of any complications. Ask your surgeon what is included with lap band surgery? Most bariatric surgeons will provide you with before and after consultations, long term support, and free or low cost lap band fills. Some practices offer dietitian services, support groups, and some even have their own Smartphone App.