Alabama Bariatrics & Minimally Invasive Surgery

Bariatric Diet Orbera Gastric Band Sleeve Gastrectomy Gastric Bypass

W. Jay Suggs, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Madison, Huntsville, and Decatur
Phone: (256) 274-4523
Fax: (256) 203-8791

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Insurance

Although weight loss is important for your health, often insurance does not pay for your bariatric surgery. And insurance almost never pays for dietary counselling.

If your insurance covers bariatric surgery, we take what your insurance pays. But, you will be responsible for co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance.

We take most major insurance: BC/BS, Medicare, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, United Healthcare, Humana, etc. Understand that every insurance carrier has rigorous requirements for you to get approval for bariatric surgery. This may include but is not limited to 6 months or more of physician-supervised dieting, a 3-5 year history of being morbidly obese, extensive records, dietician assessment, monthly visits with the dietician, psychology clearance, medical testing, etc. Each company, and even each policy, has different requirements. Please have patience as we work with you and your insurance company to get approval. It’s not easy but it’s so worth it. You also have the option of avoiding all of the extra requirements to get bariatric surgery by going the self-pay route.

Fees

  • Program fees: $50.00 (collected at your Pre-Op visit, before surgery.)
  • Administrative fees: none.
  • In-house metabolic and other testing costs: none.
  • Advance payment for services covered by insurance: none. You are still responsible for copays.
  • Post-Op dietary class: none.

Dietician Consultation

Unfortunately, no insurance covers dietician services. However, it’s still important for your successful weight loss with bariatric surgery, and in fact is usually required by your insurance before they will approve bariatric surgery (even though they won’t pay for it).

  • Cost: $38 for a half hour, $75 for a full hour of counseling by our dietician Bekah of Nutrition, LLC.

Self-Pay

For those that do not have insurance coverage of bariatric surgery, below are self-pay prices. Financing is available.

Self-Pay Prices (All Inclusive)

Orbera:
$5,995 ($5,495 if using another weight loss clinic approved by Dr. Suggs.)

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy:
as low as $9,995.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass:
as low as $11,950.

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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band:
as low as $9,800.

Laparoscopic

These prices include program fee, hospital costs, anesthesia professional fees, the surgeon’s professional fee, post-op surgeon fees, pathology fees, and the initial dietician consultation as well as the post-op dietary class (the class offered for patients 1-2 months after surgery). This does not include any costs for labs or studies as a part of your medical work-up before surgery (hopefully your insurance will cover this), or costs for medicines before or after surgery.

For the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, adjustments in the first year after surgery, up to 10, are free. After the first year, adjustments are $125 each.

If self-paying for bariatric surgery, Dr. Suggs highly recommends the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for most patients because of the very low risk of long-term problems with the sleeve.

**Financing Available

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Our Patient: Myrtha Jefferson's Testimonial

Pre-Op weight: 347lbs, Almost 2 years post-op gastric sleeve: 199lbs
THAT’S: -148lbs!!!

Myrtha Jefferson1      Myrtha Jefferson2

You never know who you’ll meet when you’re out exercising! Dr. Suggs often meets his bariatric patients when he’s out exercising! Be motivated to get moving like sleeve patient Myrtha Jefferson!

Myrtha Jefferson3