Does Medicare Cover Lap Band Surgery? Lap band is an abbreviation for laparoscopic gastric banding. According to the Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, this type of weight loss surgery is considered to be the least invasive.
Medicare Benefits Solutions
Sep 11, 2021
Medicare is insurance for individuals 65 years of age or older, or some people under the age of 65 with certain disabilities. When you are eligible, you’ll be able to choose how to receive your Medicare benefits. You can choose to get your Part A and Part B benefits from Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage.
If you have been unsuccessful in trying to lose weight by non-surgical means, you may qualify as a candidate for lap band surgery if you meet one of these criteria:
Laparoscopic banding surgery and gastric bypass surgery are types of bariatric surgery covered under Part B. Your share of covered costs include:
You may find it less expensive to have the procedure performed in an ambulatory surgical center, so ask your doctor if that is an option.
2021 national average of patient costs for facility and doctor fees:
This is generally what you can expect from a lap band procedure:
After surgery, compliance with dietary requirements is critical. You will need to restrict portion sizes, chew carefully and eat slowly. During monthly post-op visits over the next six months, your doctor can adjust the band. With every adjustment, there are corresponding dietary changes you must follow.
Talk to your doctor about whether or not lap band surgery is right for you or if other options should be considered. You may also want to consult with a licensed nutritionist to better understand the post-surgical dietary behaviors required.
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