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Gastric Sleeve Prices - How much does gastric sleeve cost?

Updated March 12, 2019

slim girl after weight loss surgeryMorbid obesity and obesity are serious medical issues which are extremely difficult to settle without the help of specialists. Undoubtedly, a healthy lifestyle and physical activity are the most important factors in overcoming obesity, but sometimes a weight loss surgery is inevitable. It is usually the last resort for the patients, but it helps them lose weight in a healthy and effective way. The price for a weight loss surgery can exceed many people’s budget, but thanks to medical tourism, patients have a chance to undergo a surgery in other country and at a significantly lower cost.

Average costs associated with a sleeve gastrectomy

Gastric sleeve surgery is considered to be one of the most effective bariatric surgeries, but patients always need to consider several factors before making the decision. Apart from issues related to the surgery itself, such as recovery time organisation or possible complications, patients have to take into consideration the cost of the procedure and make sure they can afford it. There is no one price for sleeve gastrectomy worldwide. The main factor that influences the price is location. Gastric sleeve cost varies from country to country, e.g. the average price for gastric sleeve in the US is 19 000 USD, yet ranging from about 19 000 USD in South Dakota to 58 000 USD in Alaska. The discrepancy between the costs stems from the number of obese people in a given region (the price is lower where there are many obese people).

Factors that influence sleeve gastrectomy’s costs

There are some important factors influencing the price of affordable gastric sleeve abroad that need to be mentioned. They include:

  • location – in some regions the price is lower than the other, which is a result of a currency used in a given country or prevalence of obese people in specific regions
  • institution – the prices may vary depending on where the surgery is performed, e.g. private clinic, hospital, surgical centre
  • insurance coverage – sometimes it is possible to get a full or partial refund for the surgery from an insurance agency or NHS; some places also offer financing option and payment in instalments.

Additional costs following sleeve gastrectomy treatment

It is important to know in advance what components are included in the surgery price. Some clinics offer a full package with psychologist and dietician support, supplements and medications after the surgery and all the tests and examinations before the surgery, and some do not. After the procedure, patients need to visit nutritionist regularly, which may cost from 50 USD to 100 USD per 1 visit. What is more, there is a possibility of postoperative complications which could require additional medical treatment involving more or less expensive methods. The additional costs also involve everyday expenses, such as new clothes, gym membership or healthy food.

Gastric sleeve prices in Europe

We compared prices in various countries. We’ve done in-depth review of trusted pages like Medigo, Realself and Treatment Abroad. We collected prices from the most popular destinations for having the gastric sleeve. Below you can find detailed price comparison.

Gastric sleeve in the UK

Private clinics in the UK offer gastric sleeve surgery prices ranging from 7900 GBP / 10 082 USD to 10 000 GBP / 12 762 USD. The price for gastric sleeve in the UK is usually higher than for other weight loss surgeries (e.g. gastric balloon) because the gastric sleeve is a more complex surgery. However, it is also one of the most effective and least invasive or risky surgeries, so undoubtedly it is worth considering. Below, there are starting prices for gastric sleeve surgery in the UK offered by the leading private clinics:

  • Spire St Anthony’s Hospital: 10 300 GBP / 13 145 USD
  • The Hospital Group: 9 950 GBP / 12 698 USD
  • Healthier Weight: 9 990 GBP / 12 634 USD
  • The London Clinic: 9 885 GBP / 12 615 USD
  • Ramsay Health Care UK: 7 995 GBP / 10 203 USD

You need to remember that these prices are not fixed and the final cost is always adjusted to the patient. So, please do not be surprised if your price varies from the one advertised on the clinic’s website.

Gastric sleeve in the Czech Republic

The price for gastric sleeve in Prague can be really affordable and is more attractive than the prices offered by the clinics in the UK or the US. Below, there are the prices from the chosen clinics in Prague:

Iscare Centre for Bariatric Surgery: there is a guaranteed price for sleeve gastrectomy that equals to 3580 GBP / 4568 USD. This price includes the surgery, anaesthesia, medical materials, postoperative care, medications and food. The extra costs include a preoperative visit (175 GBP / 223 USD) and stay in the clinic (105 GBP / 134 USD per one night)
Royal Medical: this clinic also offers a fixed price of 4760 EUR / 4238 GBP / 5408 USD. It includes the surgery, initial consultation with a preoperative investigation, anaesthesia, 4-night stay in the clinic, medications, food, and postoperative medicine.
Hospital for Obesity Treatment in Jablonec: the price for the procedure is 4750 EUR / 4229 GBP / 5397 USD).

Gastric sleeve in Poland

Poland has become one of the main destinations for weight loss surgeries recently. It offers professional care, high standard of clinics and affordable prices at the same time. Below, you can check the chosen clinics offering cheap gastric sleeve surgery in Poland:

EMC clinic in Wrocław: the price for the gastric sleeve is 23 500 PLN / 4836 GBP / 6171 USD. It includes the surgery, anaesthesia, stay in a hospital with a full medical care, all medical tests and medications received in the clinic, consultations with the doctors (surgeon, dietician and psychologist), postoperative visit, stay in a hotel in Wrocław for 2 days, airport transfers and all taxi transfers between the hotel and clinic in Wrocław
KCM clinic in Jelenia Góra: the price is 5990 EUR / 5333 GBP / 6806 USD. It covers the surgery, anaesthesia, a 3-day stay in a hospital with a full medical care, consultations and examination before surgery (with a surgeon, anesthesiologist, cardiologist, internist), comprehensive diagnosis before surgery (including bariatric, internal and cardiac tests), diet plan for 7 weeks together with a 5-year support package, personal host at the clinic, personal driver and transfers between the airport, clinic and hotel and 2-3 days accommodation in a hotel.


Average price for sleeve gastrectomy


4 000 USD

The Czech Republic

5 400 USD


5 700 USD


5 700 USD


6 000 USD


6 000 USD


9 500 USD


9 600 USD

The United Kingdom

12 600 USD


14 600 USD


23 500 USD


26 200 USD

Prices of the gastric sleeve in Asia

In Asia, the cost of gastric sleeve depends on the country. The cheapest surgery will be done in India and Jordan where this procedure costs 4000-6000 USD. Definitely, weight loss surgery is most expensive in Israel, where the gastric sleeve costs 20 000 USD.


Average price for sleeve gastrectomy


4 000 USD


6 000 USD


8 400 USD

United Arab Emirates

8 800 USD


11 500 USD


11 500 USD

South Korea

15 700 USD


20 000 USD

Prices of the gastric sleeve in the Americas

In the United States and Canada, the gastric sleeve price is about two times higher than in Latin America. It is obvious that people would most like to have a weight loss surgery in their home country with the surgeon they know or heard about. However, due to a high price, it is not always possible. Also, it is not so easy to be qualified for getting insurance for the procedure as each insurance policy has some exclusions. Since you read this article, the price for the procedure in your region is probably too high. Every year, there are more and more people travelling to Mexico for a cheap gastric sleeve abroad. The cost for gastric sleeve in Mexico varies from 4000 USD to 9000 USD.


Average price for sleeve gastrectomy


8 900 USD


11 200 USD

Costa Rica

11 500 USD


19 000 USD


19 600 USD

Prices of the gastric sleeve in the United States

The average cost of the gastric sleeve in the USA is 19 000 USD, but the prices in individual states are varied. You can pay up to 58 000 USD. The lowest prices of the gastric sleeve are in Texas (13 700 USD) and in Arkansas (11 900 USD). As we described above, people from the USA prefer medical tourism and they choose Mexico or European countries as their destination for weight loss surgery.


Average price for sleeve gastrectomy


11 900 USD


13 700 USD


14 100 USD


20 000 USD


21 000 USD


23 700 USD


28 800 USD


29 100 USD


35 200 USD


58 000 USD

Price of the gastric sleeve in Oceania

In New Zealand, the cost of weight loss surgery is comparable to American prices. Gastric sleeve costs even 20 000 USD. You will pay much less money in Australia, where this surgery costs only 12 000 USD.


Average price for sleeve gastrectomy


12 000 USD

New Zeland

20 000 USD

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Is gastric sleeve covered by insurance?

Insurance in the USA

The expenses for a gastric sleeve procedure may range from nothing to even several thousands of dollars depending on the insurance plan you have. So, if you cannot afford gastric sleeve without insurance, you do not need to worry as there is a high probability that you get a refund. If the surgery is covered by your insurance, the agency will pay the majority of the price. If it is not covered, you can still have some of the costs refunded.

The main concern for gastric sleeve patients is whether their insurance covers this type of surgery. In the United States, sleeve gastrectomy is covered in any plan including weight loss surgery. The surgeries can be performed in the US, Canada, Mexico or Australia.

Please check the insurance plans below:

  • Individual/Family Plans & Small Group Plans (for under 50 employees): the bariatric surgery is covered in most of the states
  • Large Group Plans (for more than 50 employees): it is your company that decides whether or not your gastric sleeve is covered by insurance; you need to contact your HR department as well as insurance agency
  • Medicare & Medicaid – gastric sleeve surgery is covered, but not every surgeon accepts that.

If your insurance covers gastric sleeve surgery, your costs can be fully eliminated or reduced. The amount of refund depends on several factors:

  • discounts negotiated by your agency and the clinic
  • the calendar year deductible
  • remaining calendar year deductible amount
  • hospital coinsurance
  • hospital copay
  • out-of-pocket maximum amount

Your surgeon should contact the given insurance agency on your behalf (usually they do that for free) and deal with all the numbers above for you.

man who saved money having gastric sleeve in Poland
If your insurance does not cover gastric sleeve surgery, you can still get a partial coverage. It will depend on how your hospital and doctor submit your claims to the insurance agency. There are plenty of non-bariatric reasons that could be recommended by your doctor, e.g:

  • cardiology exam
  • psychological exam
  • lab work
  • sleep study
  • diet program supervised medically.

The UK – is the gastric sleeve surgery covered by NHS?

As for NHS funding of a weight loss surgery, patients need to undergo the approval process. You have to visit the GP in order to ask them to provide you with the referral so that the whole process can start. If you do not know what the referral criteria for your local PCT are, it is easiest to look for this information on the Internet. There, you should find all the criteria for bariatric surgeries on NHS. Also, you can just look for the information on PALS website (Local Patient Advice and Liaison Service). In general, the weight loss surgery NHS waiting time varies because each PCT is different in processing referrals. Sometimes, they might require a referral to the weight management service before approving the funding or a referral that comes from the surgeon or a referral from your bariatric coordinator. The waiting time (since initial consultation with a GP to the actual surgery) ranges from 2 months to even 2 years or more. It is not possible to predict the exact time or give more precise waiting time.

Can I get weight loss Surgery on the NHS if I go abroad?

Just a few people realise that it is possible to get funding for various types of weight loss surgeries abroad. What is more, it is a quite simple process that allows for making huge savings. The main requirement is that you can get NHS help when the surgery takes place in the region belonging to EEA (European Economic Area). EEA gathers all EU member countries as well as Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland. So, if you consider any of the mentioned European countries as a destination for your affordable gastric sleeve abroad, you can, by all means, benefit from NHS.

What treatments will NHS pay for abroad?

The European Union Cross-Border Healthcare Directive states that people can access the treatment in EEA countries if the treatment is necessary from the medical point of view and would be otherwise funded by NHS. After the UK left the European Union, this rule could change in the future, but for the time being, this right remains unchanged and people can take advantage of it. The important thing to remember is just that the procedures performed abroad covered by NHS need to be medically necessary, so cosmetic dentistry or plastic surgeries are excluded.

If your BMI is around 30 or more, it means you need to take care of your health and start losing weight. We all realise that it might be very difficult and more often than not, the attempts end up in failure. Yet, there is a solution for all those who want to lose weight. Bariatric surgeries are procedures that significantly increase the success rate for losing weight. The gastric sleeve allows for losing even 70% of excess weight! Many people feel helpless as they cannot afford the surgery in their home country,  but nowadays thanks to the medical tourism that grows in popularity, they can undergo a cheap gastric sleeve abroad and start enjoying their new and healthy life.


CEO at Beauty Poland / Clinic Hunter
Marek is a great fan of medical tourism. He believes that medical tourism is a huge chance for many people, who cannot afford treatment in their home country.
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