At first, the cost of surgical weight loss procedures may seem high. When compared to the cost and low success rate of diet programs and exercise regimens, you’ll see that the benefits of weight loss surgery quickly begin to outweigh the costs. In fact, 95 per cent of people who depend on changing their eating and exercise habits alone to lose weight will eventually gain it back.*
* Source: Diabetes Dialogue | Winter 2015
Studies have shown that people achieve and maintain an average weight loss of 60% of excess body weight in the first year following the gastric sleeve procedure. When you consider how much you’ve spent on traditional diets and the less obvious costs of being overweight, like plus-sized clothing, prescription medication and weight-related health issues, the value of a lasting solution becomes clearer.
A question we’re frequently asked is, “How much does weight loss surgery cost?” The answer is that the cost will vary depending on which procedure you choose and whether you’ve had weight loss surgery in the past (for example, if you currently have a Gastric Band, and you’d like to upgrade to a Gastric Sleeve or Mini Gastric Bypass). Because of these variables, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with one of our weight loss specialists to get an accurate estimate.
There are a variety of options available to help finance your weight loss procedure. Financing plans allow you to choose a payment that fits your budget, while other options like health insurance and government support help offset the cost of your procedure.
If you think that the price of weight loss surgery is on the costly side, wait until you learn how much weight-related expenses add up. The financial impact of obesity is real and encompasses a bigger chunk of your day-to-day expenses than you might think.
It is important to consider that the procedures are a one-time fixed cost. The obesity-related expenses can put a continuous strain on your day-to-day expenditures. They will likely only continue to increase due to the weight-related health conditions over time.
The SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre is happy to offer free consultations about our modern weight loss procedures with a surgeon for patients across Canada.