Weight loss surgery is a risky and expensive undertaking. Should you do it? Are there other options? The first question is completely yours to answer, but yes, there are alternatives.
If you do decide to have any type of weight loss surgery, make sure to get more than one opinion from qualified health care professionals and make sure that the doctors you are seeking have excellent reviews from former patients. Go to a doctor who has performed many surgeries and look at his or her before and after photos.
The cost of weight loss surgery will range from $480 and up for a mini-gastric bypass and from $18,000 to $35,000 for a full gastric bypass. The Lap-Band system can cost anywhere $17,000 to $35,000. Pretty pricey, eh?
What do these costs cover? The cost of gastric bypass surgery will cover the pre-op lab and X-ray fees, anesthesia, hospital facility and the surgeon’s fee. These costs do not cover post-procedure like nutrition plans, a fitness regimen, behavioral modification, nutritional supplementation or even extra body contouring surgeries to remove excess skin or lift certain areas of the body. Add on those extra costs and you may be looking at another $10,000 to $15,000, at least.
There are alternatives to weight loss surgery, though. You can always learn to eat right and exercise. Sounds very simplistic, but with the right weight loss program, you can change your body, and your life. Learn, with a nutritionist’s or a doctor’s guidance, the right foods to eat and the right times to eat them, and then start to train with a personal trainer and you will see great gains very quickly.
You do not have to go under the knife to change your life!