Surgical Weight Loss may be a Smart Move in a Down Economy
A recent study suggests that severely obese men and women spend more than $18,500 more per year than the average normal-weighted person. When you calculate the added expenses brought on by doctor visits, medications and food costs that go hand in hand with being obese, this staggering number begins to make sense.
Surgical weight loss makes health and economic sense for those who are obese. Many of those who are 90 pounds or more overweight have expensive and life-threatening health conditions. And, at a cash-payer cost of around $18,500, the procedure literally pays for itself in the first year and saves money every year after.
“What makes our bariatric program so successful is that in addition to performing the procedure, we teach patients how to use the surgery safely and effectively for the rest of their lives to take control of their weight and lose weight-related medical problems; this is critical to a full recovery.” said Dr. Julie Ellner, medical director of Alvarado Hospital's Surgical Weight-Loss Program.