The True Cost of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Cost

I decided to do a post on this topic because after meeting so many people with weight loss challenges, this is a topic that has come up over the years and I thought I would address some of the concerns that people may have with this type of surgery for weight loss.

Over the past 50 or so years, the population of obese Americans has grown by 20%. In the 1960s, less than 10% of the population was clinically obese, now it’s over 30% or about 1 in 3 people. Clinical obesity means that a person is at least 20% heavier than their ideal weight. People that are only 10% heavier than their ideal weight are considered overweight—not obese yet. Sixty percent of Americans are overweight; together obese and overweight Americans account for 2 out of 3 people.  These statistics are according to the site.

Being overweight is linked to many health problems like type II diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, joint problems, sleep apnea, some cancers, and dozens of other ailments.

The Cost of Bariatric Surgery

Many people turn to risky bariatric surgery to solve weight problems. The average cost of this surgery is $20,000-$25,000 and more insurance companies including Medicare are paying for it. The obesity epidemic is costing taxpayers about $190 billion a year and this figure is rising. People that have weight-loss surgery often don’t change their habits and as many as 80% regain the weight within 10 years. The invasive, stomach-reducing surgery is often seen by obese individuals as a “magic pill” because weight comes off quickly with little or no effort.

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How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Cost?

The answer to this question goes beyond dollar bills.  Here are some of the true risks. Every year 1 out of 400 people die from bariatric surgery itself. As many as 20% need additional surgery to mend complications such as abdominal hernias.  Due to some of the procedures that involve shortening the digestive tract, 30% of patients may experience malnutrition.  There are also a number of complications that can arise after surgery that people do not take into consideration.

The Advocare 24 Day Challenge  vs. Bariatric Surgery

Diet and exercise involves a serious commitment and often takes years. Over time, bad habits can change and the satisfaction of weight loss will keep you motivated to continue.

Embarking on a weight loss program can be daunting; using a jump start program like the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge can start you on the right track.

The AdvoCare 24-day Challenge consists of 2 phases: the Cleanse Phase and the Max Phase. The Cleanse Phase helps to flush the toxins from your body so that you can absorb more nutrients. The Max Phase emphasizes giving your body the right fuel so you feel energized, and controlling your appetite so you are not tempted to over eat.

Even though the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge is followed for less than a month, it should not be considered a “diet.” You should consider the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge a jump start to a new way of life. The 24-day Challenge emphasizes healthy food, portion control, and supplementation.

Healthy eating should be continued after the 24-day Challenge in order to maintain and continue weight loss. You will also find with the program meal plans and supplement facts to help you get started.

Adopting a healthy eating plan and moderate exercise can help even the most overweight people lose weight. Nutrient rich foods are much less expensive than the processed food in the grocery store that is causing people to gain weight.

Choosing a healthy diet, exercising, and using the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge to jump start your weight loss, will cost thousands less than bariatric surgery. Getting healthy may also save you years of suffering with an obesity related disease.

Unfortunately, many people prefer to take the easier way out, opting for risky  and costly bariatric surgery instead of making a lifestyle change that is needed to lose weight.

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Insurance companies must also shoulder some of the blame, weight loss surgery is covered for the obese and overweight, but healthy foods, and supplements must be paid for out-of-pocket. People see the surgeon’s knife as a better guarantee against future health problems than trusting people to lose weight themselves!

The problem is that many times the weight comes back because long term eating habits are not changed and the mindset of an obese person has not changed in terms of eating habits.

It is better for your body to lose weight slower; it is recommended that you lose between 2 and 5 pounds per week. Losing weight slowly may also help you retain skin elasticity so you can avoid the problem of excess skin. Insurance companies rarely pay for plastic surgery after weight loss surgery because they consider it cosmetic.

Changing your habits or getting a jump start on weight loss with something like the 24 Day Challenge may be a more effective solution for long-term weight loss than using a risky surgical solution.

Why not try a less invasive program than surgery and Start the 24 Day Challenge?  On my team alone we have 6 people who have each lost over 100 lbs!  Be the next one to get healthy and Take the Challenge!

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Joanna Bostwick
Joanna Bostwick

Mother and wife who loves blogging about health and wellness. Working hard to have life on my terms! Helping one person at a time take their health back. I believe everyone has a purpose and are valuable. Mantra- Life is short, don't waste it!

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Mindy - January 26, 2016

I have done the advocare challenge, and guess what… I gained that weight back as well…. I used it regularly for a year. I lost about 20bpounds then nothing, and I remained at a plateau for 6 months. Eventually I started gaining weight, even while still using your product. And as far as taxbpayer dollars. I am a tax payer, shouldnt I get to use some of the bennifits I am payining in on?

    Joanna Bostwick - January 26, 2016

    @Mindy-Sorry to hear that the challenge did not work for you. You have to do what’s best for you and what your doctor recommends. The obesity crisis in America is very serious and my point with the post is to warn that all other avenues should be explored first before surgery.

vertical sleeve girl - February 10, 2015

Hi Joanna, thank you for your post. I’m in the process of getting the vertical sleeve surgery now. My insurance will not pay for it, or even a portion of it. However if I had Obamacare, my surgery would be free. This is very upsetting to me a as a working girl and tax payer I’m paying for others surgeries, however I have to pay for mine out of pocket.
Anyway I wanted to see what your source is on the percentage of people regaining the weight they lost post surgery. I haven’t seen this stat and would love to see your source.
Thank you!

    Joanna Bostwick - February 10, 2015

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by. So sorry to hear about your insurance problems. It seems to be a big mess everywhere! I got my information from a few sites. one is this: and and
    80% gain weight back after they hit their “nadir”(lowest weight) within 10 years but not necessarily ALL of the weight back. I need to word that better. Depending on your situation and what you and your doctor decide is the most important part. Personally I have 3 very close friends and a few acquaintances that have had it done and the three I know did gain all of their weight back. One even went over previous weight. This is not the norm I am sure but the underling issue from what I can tell is that if the eating habits and psychology behind the eating can be fixed you have a much better chance of being successful. Keep me posted on how you do and keep fighting those insurance companies!!

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