In the United States roughly 60 percent of the population is overweight. The number of people that cannot afford to undergo a major surgical procedure nor having any insurance makes up a large percentage of this population. If you are lucky enough to have an insurance policy, then you will be glad to know that as long as you qualify for the procedure most insurance companies will pay for the operation. Unfortunately not everyone who needs a weight loss procedure can qualify. There is also a large percentage of those who do not have any medical insurance at all and their only option is to pay for the procedure in cash.
This can become a big issue seeing as though a gastric bypass or a lap band procedure costs more than a brand new car. These procedures can easily range from $25,000 all the way up to $60,000 depending on the circumstances surrounding the procedure and the locale of the clinic.
These issues basically leave the patient left with only two options. The first option is to get a loan for the procedure and have it performed within the confines of the United State's borders while the other option is to have the procedure performed in another country. Unfortunately with the latter you will not save as much as you think. You can of course go to any 3rd world country to have the procedure performed but in many cases the unsanitary conditions may cause future complications or even death. One of the more popular destinations for an out of country gastric bypass is to have the procedure performed in India. While India is much cheaper and just as safe as the U. S. the cost of having the procedure done in India can still cost $20,000 to $25,000. Most people who do not have the $25,000 to $60,000 also do not have this $20,000 to $25,000. In many cases the patient may have to get a loan stateside prior to going to India or any number of other countries to have a gastric bypass or lap band procedure performed.
Dr. Jim Greene would like to provide you with more information that will help guide you in your decision making process.
Gastric bypass Learn more about recovery time of gastric bypass, fees, diet and nutrition and more.
Lap band Find out about the recovery time of lap band surgery, financing options and more.
Weight loss surgery Find out more about stomach stapling, biliopancreatic diversion, gastric bypass and more about bariatric surgeries.