Cost of Bariatric Surgery

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Our Bariatric Surgeon

A nationally renowned and double-board-certified Denver bariatric surgeon, Dr. Long uses a partnership care model with each patient to tailor care to their individual needs. Patients routinely thank Dr. Long for his warm, compassionate bedside manner. He’s considered to be at the top of his field, having performed over 1,000 bariatric surgeries. Peers praise his technical skill, and he has some of the lowest complication rates among bariatric surgeons in the nation. Dr. Long and the staff at the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado consider it an honor to serve every patient with the highest quality of care.

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How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Cost?

The cost of bariatric surgery varies by surgery. Nationally, the average cost of surgery is $14,000-$23,000, depending on the procedure. You can see our costs below.

Here’s how much your bariatric surgery will cost at the BMCC:

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Loop Duodenal Switch (SADIS or SIPS)
  • Lap Band Revision to Gastric Sleeve
  • Lap Band Revision to Gastric Bypass
  • Lap Band Revision to Duodenal Switch
  • Lap Band Removal

Please note that while these prices are designed as all-inclusive prices (preop care, education, surgery, anesthesia, hospital stay, and 3 months of after-care), they may not include every potential cost. Please contact our Colorado office today for more details.

Our prices are some of the lowest in the Denver area, often by thousands of dollars.

All four of these costs are designed to be all-inclusive: they also include dietary services, behavioral services, bariatric classes, and bariatric education at our Denver center; both before surgery and for 90 days after surgery.

Bear in mind that this is the price if you pay cash. If you have insurance, your cost will vary based on your insurance plan, copays, and deductibles.

What Insurance Does the BMCC Accept?

At the BMCC, we accept most major Colorado and national insurance providers. However, this information changes quickly, and some employers negotiate away some benefits in exchange for reduced premiums. Please call or email our office to verify that your plan is covered. For convenience, please have your policy information ready.

We do accept Medicare.

If you’re in the Connect for Health Colorado Exchange, you should have bariatric benefits, as exchange plans in Colorado are now required to uniformly support bariatric benefits.

What if I Don’t Have Insurance?

If you don’t have insurance, either because you opted out of the Colorado Exchange or because you couldn’t afford insurance, then the BMCC does offer a cash payment system. Our prices are some of the lowest in the Denver Metro area. We offer transparent pricing that’s designed to be all-inclusive: the price you see is the final price that you pay.

Unfortunately, right now we do not offer care credit. We do take all other forms of payment.

The Cost of Obesity

However, the cost of bariatric surgery in Denver is minor compared to the cost of obesity. On average, adults suffering from obesity pay 81 percent more for healthcare, which adds up rapidly. That cost comes in the form of prescription drugs, medical bills, higher health insurance premiums, and many other costs. Severely overweight people often struggle with their energy levels and health, meaning they’re less able to be productive and sometimes present at work—yet another cost. Obesity, like any disease, impacts both health and finances.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery in Denver, it may seem like a significant financial commitment. But surgery is an investment in your health that can pay for itself many times over in lower medical bills, more energy, and improved quality of life. In many ways, it is an investment that you cannot afford not to make.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right For Me?

What would it feel like to lose 100 pounds or even more? What would it feel like to be able to go on hikes with your kids, or even bend down and tie your shoes without it becoming a whole process? Or to be free from joint pain, aching, tiredness, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases related to obesity?

That’s what our bariatric surgery patients have done. Bariatric surgery has empowered them to change their lives, and their before and afters are truly astonishing. Bariatric surgery, in conjunction with intentional diet and exercise, helps our patients lose 65-100% of their excess weight. Imagine how that would feel.

Our patients routinely say that surgery was the best decision they ever made.

“I feel like I have won the lottery and have been given a second chance in life! March 25, 2014 was the first day of the rest of my new life and I can’t even start to express in words how grateful I am.”—Rochelle Goforth, patient.

If you’re suffering, don’t wait. Call our Denver office today.

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This page was medically reviewed by Dr. Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS. Dr. Long is a double-board-certified bariatric surgeon and bariatric medical director for Parker Adventist Hospital.
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Page Updated: May 25th, 2023

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