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Cost of vertical sleeve

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Started by applegirl, Jul 23, 2010 12:16 PM
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    applegirl

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 12:16 PM

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Hi all.

I just got this email from a local bariatric center:

"Thank you for your interest in our program. The estimated cost of the Sleeve Gasterectomy is $35,300 . This price includes all of your pre-surgical appointments, the surgeons fee, the anesthesia fee, the hospital fee, BLIS insurance (insurance coverage for 90 days following your surgery), and one year follow-up with your surgeon...."

She goes on to give me some names of places that might finance me.

Am I crazy or does this sound exceptionally high?? I was under the impression that the surgery would be under $10,000 but I can rarely get anyone to tell me how much they paid.

Could I get someone to give me some help in this??

Thanks, apples


    MINI-Me

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 12:32 PM

#2
That does seem high. I've heard anywhere from $9,500 to $25,000 for self-pay in the US. That quote seems more in line for an insurance reimbursement. You might want to check with them again to make sure they understand you are talking self-pay.


    Miss Lili

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 1:16 PM

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I agree, I contacted quite a few places and the average was about 22, 000.


    MINI-Me

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 1:30 PM

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If you are willing to travel, Medical Tourism can connect you to my surgeon in Las Vegas. My quote was $10,900.00. There was some pre-op testing by my PCP that was not included, but my insurance covered that. Send me a PM if you want more information.


    LittleSteve

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 1:30 PM

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I paid US$15,000 in New Zealand last month.


    Stacy160

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 2:35 PM

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Mine was $11,200 with Dr. Mark Pleatman in Bloomfield Hills, MI. That included his fee, the hospital fee, anesthesia, pre-op testing, nutritionist, and two years of post-op visits.


    MlkPas

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 3:38 PM

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Mine was $12,500 in Glendale, California. PM me if you want more details.


    Lookinupin2010

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 4:13 PM

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I had insurance....BUT self pay here in Tucson at the hospital and surgeon I used is $16,000. That included the 2 night stay in the hospital, and all the visits for a year.


    sleevesearch

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 4:16 PM

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Does anyone know, when you self-pay in the U.S., are you still required to meet minimum requirements to qualify for the surgery? You know the BMI, co-morbidites, phsyc, pre-diet, etc...

From the research I've been doing, seems Mexico doesn't require these things.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge!


    mila1013

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Posted July 23, 2010 - 5:19 PM

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I do not believe you will find 10K anywhere in the US, Mexico yes. And the 35K you were quoted seems inflated to say the least, and I have not seen any self pay near that amount (unless you had complications, open vs lap, bleeding, leaks etc something that made you have to stay longer)


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