Lately, more and more studies show that losing weight is not just a matter of dieting and exercising. Sometimes, bariatric surgery is simply the most viable method to achieve a good healthy weight. In these cases sleeve gastrectomy surgery (also called gastric sleeve surgery) is an effective option.
Despite the increasing amount of scientific evidence that weight loss surgery is not a cosmetic procedure, health insurance companies refuse to cover it, leaving thousands of patients without the means to avoid the health risks associated with obesity. Fortunately, they have a high-quality alternative: fly to Costa Rica and get the treatment with a qualified and experienced surgeon who will speak English and charge only a fraction of the price.
The procedure involves the extraction of part of the stomach. The part that remains ends up looking long and tubular, which is why it’s commonly referred to as a “sleeve.” Because of the small size and form the stomach takes, the patient needs less food to feel satisfied. Also, the food moves faster, avoiding the bloating and heavy sensation that many people feel after eating.
There are other weight loss surgeries, but sleeve gastrectomy remains the most popular due to its low risk, low number of complications, and effective results. However, as with all surgeries, there’s a protocol with a number of conditions that you must qualify for by falling within the permissible range in order to be a candidate for surgery.
Don’t wait until diabetes, heart failure, or some other health hazard associated with being overweight catches up with you. Come to Costa Rica and get the procedure you need so that you can have your normal life back, and without paying so dearly you regret it.
The average cost of a sleeve gastrectomy surgery is $12,650 US dollars. Your package will also include:
- Upper endoscopy, nutritionist, and psychologist assessment
- Private transportation (1 airport and 3 hospital round-trip transfers)
- Hospital Costs (surgery room, equipment, supplies, medications, etc.)
- Hospitalization if needed (companion can stay at no extra cost)
- Medical team fees (surgeon, assistant, and anesthesiologist)
- Regular discharge medication
- Pre-operative exams (blood tests, EKG, and an evaluation by an internist)
- Pre-op and Post-op appointment with lead surgeon
Please keep in mind that these prices do not include the costs incurred in case of medical complications, extended hospital stays, blood transfusions, etc., which although rare, can occur and therefore could increase the final price.
If you are interested in sleeve gastrectomy surgery in Costa Rica and just want a life free of obesity, please fill out the “Find a Doctor” form. A participating medical specialist will reply.