The Real Cost of Gastric Band Surgery

This blog is commentary for the article from Gastric banding puts squeeze on wallets as well as on tummies.

Reading the news I paid particular interest to this article, stating that in the midst of an obesity epidemic more Australians are turning to physical gastric band bypass surgery. The article goes on to say that: “The study found patients who had surgery more than a decade ago managed to maintain an average weight loss of more than 25 kilos.” However it also mentions that: “…more than half of gastric band patients required follow-up surgery, with those who have experienced it saying it’s a last resort treatment.”

So the results are there, but at what cost?

1. Monetary cost: The article states “While surgery may seem expensive (with prices typically more than $10,000)…” $10 000 and usually more f