Weight Loss Surgery Costs

Body Contouring Melbourrne

Weight loss surgery costs and associated fees are made up of several components:

  •     Hospital charges for bed stay
  •     Hospital charges for operating theatre session
  •     Equipment used in the operating theatre session.
  •     Professional fees charged by the surgeon, anaesthetist and surgeon assistants

Patients with an appropriate level of private health insurance cover will find most hospital and equipment charges will incur a “no gap” fee. The out of pocket expenses for insured patients relate mostly to professional and clinic fees charged by the surgeon, anaesthetist and their assistants.

Occasionally, in your operation, there may be certain equipment used which is “non-rebateable,” such as the lap band device.


Private Health Insurance

INSURED

Most health funds cover bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, however you will usually need to be in a high level of cover. To check, simply contact your health fund and quote the relative surgery “item numbers” listed below.

Sleeve Gastrectomy     Item No. 31575
Gastric Band     Item No. 31569
Gastric Bypass      Item No. 31572     
SIPS Surgery (Loop duodenal switch)   Item No. 31581

Revisional Surgery      
Band to Sleeve     Item No. 31584 & 31575
Band to Bypass     Item No. 31584 & 31572


NOT INSURED

If you are NOT INSURED for weight loss surgery, you still have the option to either upgrade your level of insurance so you are covered or find a new insurer that will provide the appropriate cover. In most cases, the insurance company will apply a waiting period of 12 months to qualify you for surgery.

When you decide to have bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, there are things you need to do to prepare for the surgery. We can help you set a plan for how best to use the 12 month waiting period to be ready for your surgery.

Note that for patients looking at self funded Gastric Sleeve Surgery please enquire through our Contact page as there are specific criteria which must be met to qualify without private health insurance. 

 

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Item No. 31575)

 
Surgeon & Assistant out of pocket $4500*
Anaesthetist (rebate after surgery) $1600
TOTAL COST TO PATIENT: $6100

Gastric Bypass (Item No. 31572)

 
Surgeon & Assistant out of pocket $5000*
Anaesthetist (rebate after surgery) $2000
TOTAL COST TO PATIENT: $7000

Gastric Band (Item No. 31569)

 
INSURED
Surgeon & Assistant out of pocket $4000*
Anaesthetist (rebate after surgery) $1100
TOTAL COST TO PATIENT: $5100
NOT INSURED
Surgeon & Assistant out of pocket $5400
Anaesthetist (rebate after surgery) $9190
TOTAL COST TO PATIENT: $14590

SIPS (loop duodenal switch) 

 
Surgeon & Assistant out of pocket $5000*
Anaesthetist (rebate after surgery) $2000
TOTAL COST TO PATIENT: $7000

Revisional Surgery

 

Gastric Band to Sleeve (Item No. 31584 & 31575)

Gastric Band to Bypass ((Item No. 31584 & 31572))

 
OUR PATIENTS - Band to Sleeve or Band to Bypass
Surgeon & Assistant out of pocket $2700*
Anaesthetist (rebate after surgery) $2500
TOTAL COST TO PATIENT: $5200
PATIENTS FROM OTHER SURGEONS - Band to Sleeve or Band to Bypass
Surgeon & Assistant out of pocket $5700
Anaesthetist (rebate after surgery) $2500
TOTAL COST TO PATIENT: $8200

Consultation fees

 
Initial Consult $180
Review Consult $100

* Rebate Included