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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the price of sleeve gastrectomy procedure?

    I really want it done ASAP so I won't be insured, I'm aware there is a difference in price, thought it might be a good question to ask :) I actually have an appointment on the 29th.
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    Mr Niruben Rajasagaram

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Niruben Rajasagaram - Consultant Bariatric, Oesophagogastric & General Surgeon. He specialises in benign/malignant conditions that affect the upper gastrointestinal tract, as well as obesity and … View Profile

    The price varies between states, between patients and the individual patient's BMI or previous surgery history. 

    I meet a number of people who do want to have this surgery performed in the private setting and as full fee paying patients(uninsured). 

    The complication rate from primary weight loss surgery- braodly speaking is about 2%, The problem tailored to patients with weight loss surgery is if you are nufortunate enough to find yourself in that 2 % then your hospital stay could run in the days to weeks to months. The added support of needing HDU or ICU is also a real consideration. This translates to your bill which would be around $21000 for a straightforward case assuming discharge within 3 days, potentially running close to $100,000 or more. This will see you being transferred to a public hospital to reduce the cost and hence potentially under the care of another surgeon if your primary surgeon does not work in the public hospital. 

    I dont offer sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass to uniinsured patients. In saying this i do offer a 12/12 support program with my dietician and psychologist to help reduce your weight while your insurance matures (usually in 12/12). This will see you supported during this period in terms of your diet and other needs while you perserve to loose weight(which would only benefit you) coming up to surgery. 

    In saying this, majority of the patients who do have this done and are uninsured do fine. Its just worthwhile noting the risks that go with this. In addition once you loose weght you will likely need an abdominoplasty and exess skin excision- all of which would see you requirig private health insurance - ideally. 

    I hope this gives you some insight. 

    Kind regards

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