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Bariatric Surgery

Insurance and the Cost of LAP-BAND®


The cost of LAP-BAND® surgery and whether or not it is covered by insurance varies. Our bariatric patient navigator will contact each patient's insurance company to find out if bariatric surgery is a covered benefit and if there are any pre-surgery requirements.


The majority of insurance companies require that patients meet pre-surgery criteria in order to qualify for bariatric surgery. They typically require the following prior to surgery:

  • Three- to six-month medically supervised diet
  • Dietitian consultation including a reduced-calorie diet
  • Increased physical activity documented in the medical record
  • Behavior modification.

An example of what a physician-supervised diet and physical activity program might look like.


*Must be performed at an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence or American College of Surgeons Center of Excellence.


Insurance Plans Accepted


We accept most insurance plans, including:



Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross and Blue Shield


Great Western






Not all policies within the listed insurance carriers cover the cost of LAP-BAND surgery. Our bariatric patient navigator will help determine if your particular insurance policy offers coverage.


Bariatric surgery typically pays for itself within the first two years after surgery in terms of reduced healthcare costs.


*The Bariatric Center of the Rockies accepts and provides care for those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage-one of the few in Colorado to do so.


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