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Is Weight Loss Surgery an Affordable Option?

Oct 17, 2022

Obesity is a major public health crisis. Sadly, the prevalence of this dangerous and deadly disease is on the rise in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 42 percent of the adult population are obese, up from 30 percent in 2000. Obesity is the fifth leading risk for death across the globe, with at least 2.8 million people dying every year as a result of being overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization.

The Costs of Obesity
Not only is obesity dangerous, but it is also costly. People who are overweight will spend more on medical expenses than average-weight people. One study by the National Institutes of Health found that “adults with obesity in the United States compared with those with normal weight experienced higher annual medical care costs… with costs increasing significantly with the class of obesity. The effects of obesity raised costs in every category of care: inpatient, outpatient and prescription drugs.”

Bariatric Surgery as a Solution to Obesity
Bariatric surgery is a proven, effective and recommended solution for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or patients with a BMI between 35 and 40 and an obesity-related condition such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea. Weight loss surgery is typically offered to patients who haven’t been able to lose weight on their own through diet and exercise alone.

Bariatric surgery provides you an opportunity for freedom from the burden of your weight and associated medical costs. Lose weight and at the same time, reduce worry about increasing medical expenses due to your weight once and for all.

Bariatric Surgery is an Investment in You
Investing in yourself and your physical well-being is a smart investment for you, your long-term health and your family.  And, whether your health insurance covers the cost of bariatric surgery or you go the self-pay route, weight loss surgery can be affordable!

Insurance Coverage for Bariatric Surgery
Most health insurance companies will cover your bariatric surgery if you meet their criteria and provide evidence that the bariatric surgery is necessary for your health. The Nicholson Clinic accepts and files most major insurance plans. Our Insurance Specialists contact your insurance company on your behalf to verify coverage, help you minimize your out-of-pocket expense and maximize coverage for your procedure. We help our patients easily manage the process, working directly with their insurance provider to acquire approval.

Learn more about insurance coverage for bariatric surgery here.

Self-Pay for Bariatric Surgery
Even if you are paying for weight loss surgery yourself, it can still be an affordable option. Nicholson Clinic offers one of the lowest prices in town and financing is available with low monthly payments. We are one of the few weight loss practices that include everything in one low price, including your follow-up visits for life! Our pricing is significantly lower than the national average, as indicated in the graph below.

At Nicholson Clinic, our goal is to make weight loss surgery affordable and available to anyone who needs it. For more information on bariatric surgery with Nicholson Clinic, or to schedule a consult, call 972-494-3100.



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