There are seven forms of Bariatric Surgery – the most common being the “Gastric Sleeve” and the “Gastric Bypass”.  Each procedure has benefits and risks and its good to be at least somewhat aware of what they involve.

The Gastric Sleeve aka “The Vertical Sleeve”

Approximate Cost: US $19,228
Average Weight Loss: 60%

An incision from the esophagus to the small intestine is made, removing a large part of the stomach and leaving a banana shaped pouch.

  • Limits the amount of food consumed

The Gastric Bypass aka “Roux-en-Y” (RNY)

Approximate Cost: US $24,288
Average Weight Loss: 70%

A small pouch is created out of the top portion of the stomach attached to the esophagus. The remainder of the stomach is left attached to the top part of the small intestine.  Part of the small intestine is cut and attached to the pouch, essentially creating a second branch of a small intestine.

  • Limits food consumed
  • Body absorbs fewer minerals
  • Creates dumping syndrome when unhealthy food is consumed

Duodenal Switch (DS) aka Biliopancreatic Diversion

Approximate Cost: US $27,324
Average Weight Loss: 70% to 80%

The procedure begins with the Gastric Sleeve.  The intestines are then rearranged.  Part of the Duodenal (area of small intestine where chemical digestion occurs) is left attached to the stomach on one end and connected further down, closer to the large intestine on the other.

  • Limits food intake
  • Body absorbs fewer minerals
  • Limits hunger inducing hormones

 

Gastric Balloon

Approximate Cost: US $8,248
Average Weight Loss: 20% to 30%

An inflated balloon is left in the stomach, which leaves the patient feeling fuller sooner.

The Lap-Band

Approximate Cost: US $15,188
Average Weight Loss: 50%

A medical Silastic band is inserted around the top portion of the stomach to create a smaller pouch.  A balloon valve is connected and left just below the skin in the abdominal area.  A doctor uses this valve to tighten or loosen the band by removing or adding saline solution.

  • Limits the amount of food consumed

vBloc Therapy

Approximate Cost: US $18,722
Average Weight Loss: 25%

Essentially, a medical device is attached to a nerve, just below the rib cage.  This device interrupts hunger signals that are sent to the brain.

AspireAssist

Approximate Cost: US $10,626
Average Weight Loss: 12%

A tube is inserted into the stomach and attached outside the abdomen. A device is then attached  to drain a portion of the stomach’s contents before digestion.

  • Removes a portion of the food before it can be absorbed.

 

*For almost all of the surgeries, there may be about 3 days recovery in the hospital and approximately 4-6 weeks before incisions are completely healed.


Wait Times

In the United States, wait times will be something you will need to discuss with your insurance company and surgeon.  Those who pay for the procedure out-of-pocket, can expect a much shorter wait time then those who are having their surgeries handled through company or government insurance.

In Canada, certain forms of Bariatric Surgery are covered by our health care system.  Types of surgeries and wait time varies by province due to the number of surgeons and the demand for surgery:

Wait Times

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