Costs & Payment Options
Affording the LAP-BAND® System. We can help!
The actual costs of your LAP-BAND® System will depend on your individual situation, including your health plan, the surgeon/hospital you choose, and whether you have an inpatient (overnight) or outpatient (same day) procedure. That said, there may be many ways to cover the costs of your LAP-BAND® System procedure, including insurance, Medicare, or private financing; but, based on market research, over 80% of actual LAP-BAND® cases performed were reimbursed in full or in part by insurance.1 Please contact our office for a free insurance verification. We can help you understand your insurance coverage and financing options, and develop a step by step plan for you.
Financing your LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Don’t worry if your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of LAP-BAND® System surgery, there are flexible payment plans are available. Please contact our office at (814) 467-4750 to discuss your options and develop a plan that is right for you.
The Personal Costs of Obesity
With today’s rising health costs, it’s normal to wonder if now is the time to consider the LAP-BAND® System. But you should know: extra weight often goes hand in hand with extra financial burden. Studies show obesity increases a person’s healthcare costs by 36% and medication costs by 105%, compared with people in a normal weight range.2 Knowing this, you may want to consider your own:
- Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication costs.
- Doctors/specialists, office visits, lab work, physical therapists, etc.
- Employment inactivity (missed work).
- Nonsurgical weight loss programs (WeightWatchers®, Jenny Craig®, etc.).
- Increased grocery and dining costs.
For this reason, acting now — using the LAP-BAND® System to significantly reduce your weight — may also reduce your weight-related costs.
1. Sturm R. The effects of obesity, smoking and drinking on medical problems and costs. Health Aff. 2002;21(2):245-253.
2. Hammond RA, Levine R. The economic impact of obesity in the United States. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy 2010;3:285–295.
*Note: Meets NIH and FDA BMI criteria for bariatric surgery