Bariatric Surgery Cost Guide
In this guide, we compiled the average prices in different countries for three bariatric surgery procedures: gastric sleeve, gastric band, and gastric bypass. We also provide an overview of some of our partner clinics, including package prices and specially-negotiated services.
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What types of bariatric surgery are there and how much do they cost?
Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, defines a group of medical procedures that reduce the size of various parts of the digestive tract to help patients lose weight.
There are different types of bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve, gastric band, and gastric bypass surgery. To get an overview of the different weight loss treatments and how they work, our Bariatric Surgery Guide offers insightful information about eligibility, bariatric procedures, risks, and expectations.
In terms of cost, it depends on the treatment type and the location where the procedure is performed. We have compiled a list of cost estimates for different countries below. Please keep in mind that final prices for each treatment may also vary depending on each patient’s individual needs and medical history.
Here are the average cost of weight loss surgeries in different countries:
|Country||Gastric Sleeve||Gastric bypass||Gastric band|
|Mexico||€4 500||€7 000||€5 500|
|Czech Republic||€4 800||€6 500||€4 500|
|Lithuania||€5 000||€5 800||€5 300|
|Poland||€5 990||€5 990||€5 550|
|Germany||€7 500||€8 500||€7 700|
|UK||€10 000||€12 400||€6 800|
|USA||€17 500||€19 500||€12 300|
GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY - HOW IT WORKS AND COSTS
The Gastric Sleeve, or Sleeve Gastrectomy, is a bariatric surgery that involves removing approximately 80% of the stomach to restrict the amount of food intake. By drastically reducing the size of the stomach, the patient is physically limited in the amount of food (calories) that can be consumed. This means that food is digested and absorbed as it normally would be, just in much smaller quantities. The Gastric Sleeve is a non- reversible procedure and does have potential for long-term vitamin deficiencies if a proper diet is not maintained long-term. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Disclaimer (FDA) has approved use of the gastric band for people with a BMI of 30 or more who also have at least one health problem linked to obesity, such as heart disease or diabetes.
|Country||Price (EUR €)|
GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY - HOW IT WORKS AND COSTS
The Gastric Bypass, also known as the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, is a bariatric surgery that works by restricting the amount of food intake in addition to reducing absorptive capacity of food ingested. In this surgery, there are two procedures that occur. First, the surgeon will create a small pouch out of the top of the stomach, separating it from the rest of the stomach. Then, the small intestine gets divided into two segments. The pouch created out of the stomach is then connected to the bottom portion of the small intestine, hence bypassing the top portion of the small intestine. The procedure is completed by attaching the top portion of the small intestine to the bottom portion of the small intestine. With the Gastric Bypass procedure, food digestion and absorption are altered to produce significant weight loss by reducing stomach size and small intestine size. The Gastric Bypass is usually not reversible, but can be if medically necessary.
Below are starting prices for Gastric Bypass Surgery across different countries
|United Kingdom||€ 11,670|
GASTRIC BAND SURGERY - HOW IT WORKS AND COSTS
The Gastric Band is a bariatric surgery that involves placing an inflatable band around the stomach, thereby reducing the size of the stomach. The inflatable band is filled with sterile saline, and is controlled through a port placed under the skin. By reducing the size of the stomach, eating just a small amount of food will satisfy hunger cravings and promote a feeling of fullness. The capacity of stomach fullness depends on the size of the opening created by the inflatable band, which gets adjusted over time. The adjustments to the band are done by injecting saline into the port that has been placed under the skin. This particular bariatric surgery is reversible. While it has the lowest rate of post- operative complications, the gastric band has much slower weight loss results, and since there is a foreign object (the band) remaining in the body, has the small risk of mechanical complications that would require re-operation.
Below are starting prices for Adjustable Gastric Band in different countries
GASTRIC PLICATION SURGERY - HOW IT WORKS AND COSTS
Gastric plication surgery is among the latest bariatric procedures and is performed laparoscopically.
It involves reducing the size of the stomach by folding the stomach itself with non-dissolvable sutures. With this procedure, the surgeon reduces approximately 75% of the stomach. The procedure takes 45 minutes to two hours. The patient will stay in the hospital from two to three days and the recovery takes about a week.
Unlike the gastric sleeve, gastric plication surgery may be reversible as a portion of the stomach is not removed. If you are interested in the reversibility of the procedure, make sure you discuss this option with your doctor beforehand. The benefits of a gastric plication include minor invasiveness compared to other surgeries, thus reducing the risk of complications. Moreover, it does not alter the digestive tract permanently as gastric sleeve or bypass do.
Starting prices for Gastric plication surgery across different countries
|Czech Republic||€4 670|
AN ADDITIONAL OPTION TO AID WEIGHT LOSS: GASTRIC BALLOON
The gastric balloon is a medical device that is temporarily placed into the stomach during a non-surgical procedure. It involves placing a deflated silicone balloon into the stomach that will be then filled with a sterile saline solution. Making less room for food, the patient will feel full sooner. The procedure lasts 20 to 30 minutes and normally requires one-night stay at the hospital. The gastric balloon will stay in the stomach for 6 months (or a maximum of 12 months, depending on the type of balloon inserted). The gastric balloon is not a permanent procedure and can be used to aid weight loss before undergoing another bariatric procedure (gastric sleeve, gastric band, or gastric bypass).
Below are starting prices for Gastric Balloon across different countries
|Czech Republic||€ 1,920|
Qunomedical Bariatric Surgery Packages
Our partner clinics offer convenient treatment packages for weight loss surgery. Below an overview of our most popular clinics in Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Mexico, for you to compare prices and complimentary services. Please consider that prices shown below are purely informative; we can provide accurate price quotes based on individual evaluations and treatment needs.
KCM CLINIC - JELENIA GORA, POLAND
✔ 3-night hospitalization, including meals & 24h nursing assistance ✔ 3-night hotel stay including breakfast ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Post treatment 7-weeks personalized diet plan ✔ Free for accompanying person ✔ Ground transfers during stay
Qunomedical Exclusive Package Starts At:
|Gastric Sleeve||€5 490|
|Gastric Bypass||€5 990|
|Gastric Mini-bypass||€5 990|
SURGAL - BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC
✔ 4-night hospitalization, including meals & 24h nursing assistance ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Postoperative diet plan ✔ Ground transfers during stay
Qunomedical Package Starts At:
|Gastric Sleeve||136,800 CZK (~€5 330)|
|Gastric Plication||120,000 CZK (~€4 675)|
KARDIOLITA HOSPITAL - VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
✔ 2-night hospitalization, including meals and 24h nursing assistance ✔ 5-night hotel stay including breakfast ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Postoperative diet plan ✔ Personal patient coordinator ✔ Ground transfers during stay ✔ One accompanying person staying within the private hospital room (meals included)
Qunomedical Package Starts At:
|Gastric Sleeve||€5 570|
|Gastric Bypass||€5 570|
|Gastric Plication||€4 070|
|Gastric Balloon||€3 255|
|Gastric Balloon Removal||€1 845|
The gastric balloon package includes: ✔ 1-night hospitalization, including meals and 24h nursing assistance ✔ 2-night hotel stay including breakfast ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Postoperative diet plan ✔ Personal patient coordinator ✔ Ground transfers during stay
The gastric balloon removal package includes: ✔ 2-night hotel stay including breakfast ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Personal patient coordinator ✔ Ground transfers during stay
MEMORIAL BAHCELIEVLER - ISTANBUL, TURKEY
✔ 3-night hospitalization, including meals and 24h nursing assistance ✔ 7-night hotel stay including breakfast ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Postoperative diet plan ✔ Personal coordinator on site ✔ Ground transfer from/to Airport and local transport
Qunomedical Package Starts At:
|Gastric Sleeve||€5 850|
|Gastric Bypass||€5 850|
|Gastric Balloon||€2 650|
The gastric balloon package includes: ✔ 3-night hotel stay including breakfast ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Postoperative diet plan ✔ Personal patient coordinator ✔ Ground transfers during stay
Qunomedical Package Starts At:
|Gastric Sleeve||$4 900|
|Gastric Bypass||$6 600|
|Gastric Band||$5 500|
|Gastric Plication||$4 200|
|Gastric Balloon||$2 950|
|Gastric Balloon Removal||$1 500|
The gastric balloon package includes: ✔ 1-night hospitalization ✔ All pre- and post-operative consultations and tests ✔ All medication administered in hospital along with anaesthesia ✔ Ground transfers during stay
Qunomedical Package At Tijuana Oasis of Hope Hospital Starts At:
|Gastric Sleeve||$5 520|
|Gastric Bypass||$7 440|
|Gastric Balloon||$3 600|
Qunomedical Package At Cancun in Victoria Medical Hospital Starts At:
|Gastric Sleeve||$6 480|
|Gastric Bypass||$8 520|
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric Surgery (also known as Weight Loss Surgery) is the umbrella term for a group of medical procedures that reduce the size/volume of various portions of the digestive tract to aid patients with weight loss. This is achieved by either restricting the intake of food by reducing the size of the stomach, or by restricting absorptive capacity by reducing the size of the small intestine. Bariatric Surgery is usually pursued by and/or prescribed to individuals with severe obesity, and potentially other co-existing medical conditions, for whom traditional diet and exercise programs have not been effective. Worldwide, obesity is defined by having a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30.
What is Body Mass Index?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a globally accepted measure of body fat based on the relationship between height and weight. It is important to consider that BMI alone is not a diagnostic of body fatness or the health of an individual; while it can be an effective screening tool to determine the weight category of an individual, there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration.
To calculate BMI = Weight in Kilograms / Height squared in Centimeters or weight (kg) ÷ height² (m²) BMI is universally expressed in kg/m².
The BMI Weight Categories are as follows:
below 18.5 = Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 = Healthy
25 - 29.9 = Overweight
30 - 40 = Obese
above 40 = Extremely Obese
Who is eligible for a Bariatric Surgery?
Qualification guidelines for bariatric surgery vary by country but generally, it can be recommended for any adult under the supervision of a medical professional who meets one of the following criteria:
BMI greater than 40
BMI greater than 35 with comorbidities linked to obesity, such as type II diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and/or heart disease
BMI greater than 30 with serious health problems It is generally recommended that bariatric surgery be utilized as a last resort for individuals who have not been successful with diet and exercise programs, regardless of whether they have been on adjunctive drug therapy.
What kind of results can be expected from Bariatric Surgery?
The results of a bariatric surgery vary by individual patient, dependent on the starting weight, comorbidities, and type of surgery performed. On average, most patients lose 15% to 30% of their starting body weight in the first few months following bariatric surgery. In longitudinal studies of patients who have had bariatric surgery, most patients manage to keep the majority of the lost weight off, with the help of behavioral changes to diet and exercise habits. Although some weight gain over time is expected, the weight gained is usually minimal as compared to the initial weight loss.
While individual results vary based on lifestyle changes implemented post- surgery, the amount of weight lost after gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery is similar, while the amount of weight lost after gastric band surgery is much lower. Beyond the weight loss, most bariatric surgery patients also see positive changes in their obesity-related conditions post-surgery, including type II diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, knee/hip pain, etc., with some symptoms completely disappearing. Patients report higher levels of physical activity and mood improvements.
Life After Bariatric Surgery
There are several medical conditions that have been shown to improve or go away following a weight loss surgery, including asthma, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, orthopedic problems, migraines, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Weight loss surgery can change a person's life for the better and is sometimes the most effective option for many people who are dealing with obesity and obesity-related illnesses.
Many factors contribute to successful weight loss after bariatric surgery, including the patient’s ability to make lifestyle changes - such as a diet change and commit to constant exercise - and maintain them in the long term. Patients will receive a nutrition and lifestyle plan from their doctors with diet and post-operative guidelines that they are strongly encouraged to follow.
Lifestyle changes after a weight loss surgery
The right bariatric diet after surgery typically includes a high-protein, low-carb diet, with a slow transition from pureed to solid foods. Vitamins and protein supplements will also be included in the diet to allow the body to function at its full potential, help avoid malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. Patients are also recommended to drink extra water (2 liters per day) and avoid high-calorie beverages. Patients may expect a moderate or sometimes dramatic change in their eating habits: snacking should be minimal, portion sizes small and food needs to be chewed thoroughly and slowly.
The new way of eating may seem overwhelming at first but most patients adjust to the new guidelines over time and make them part of their daily routine.
Consistent exercise regime
Exercise can help you lose more weight, give you energy, and feel better. Exercise after bariatric surgery is aimed at reinforcing endurance, flexibility and strength. Right after surgery, it is important to start slow and take slow walks for the first 6 weeks after surgery. You will gradually progress over the following weeks towards your own fitness goals, going from light exercise, to cardio, and strength training.
Daily exercise should become an integrating part of your life as it will not only support your weight loss but also improve your health overall.
What else shall I expect after surgery?
Most people experience no serious complications after surgery. There are a few common side effects that may arise, such as constipation, dumping syndrome (food rushes that can cause nausea, vomiting and sweats by filling up the pouch), gallstones, and wound infections.
Massive weight loss can result in loosening or sagging skin, and that is why many patients opt for post-bariatric body contouring surgery to improve their overall appearance. Surgery can typically be performed 12 to 18 months after surgery when a patient has lost significant weight and has adapted to lifestyle changes. Procedures include body lift, arm lift, thigh lift, and neck lift.
In terms of emotional challenges, some people may experience changes in their interpersonal relationships or hurdles with self-acceptance, due to the process of adjusting to their new body and new life. In order to maintain both physical and mental health, support groups and networks, counseling, and friends and family can help patients feel better and stay focused.
Bariatric surgery is a life-changing decision that can improve your life for the better. It is also important to stress that it takes intentional commitment to make weight loss really successful. That is why preparing for surgery extensively both on a physical and a psychological level is fundamental to ensure a great improvement in your life before, during, and after surgery.
The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any treatments.
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