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Weight Loss Surgery Costs: Self-Pay

If your insurance doesn’t cover bariatric surgery, some patients pay for their surgery using our self-pay option. If you are using self-pay for your bariatric surgery, below is a list of fees you will be charged:

Covered Services* Gastric Bypass Sleeve Gastrectomy
Program fee $450 $450
Physician consultation $200 $200
Nutrition counseling $348 $348
Surgeon $3,100 $3,386
Facility stay $13,444 $11,677
Anesthesia $1,050 $1.050
Psychological evaluation/testing $400 $400
BLISCare insurance premium $2,591 $1,843
Total $21,583 $19,354

The prices listed above also include post-op care for one year after your surgery from your surgeon and dietitian. **Prices are approximate and subject to change without notice.**

Updated 3/25/2022

*These fees are for patients who will not be billing their insurance for any portion of their surgery. This is a list of the typical charges most patients have for bariatric surgery. These prices do not include any additional testing you may need.

If you are using self-pay, you will need to pay the total fee in full at your pre-op appointment. We accept all major credit cards. You can also use third party financing to pay for your surgery.

No Insurance? Purchase BlisCare Insurance

Our program strongly recommends against having any surgical procedure without proper insurance coverage. If you don't have health insurance and are paying for bariatric surgery on your own, you must purchase BlisCare insurance. All of our self-pay patients are required to purchase BlisCare insurance for their financial protection.

Additional Testing

You may need additional testing that might not be covered by insurance. If we bill your testing to your insurance, we will bill for the contracted rate. If you are paying for additional tests you need on your own, here are the prices for tests through self-pay:

Procedures Price
Diagnostic EGD $1,100
EGD with three biopsy samples $1,254
Upper GI radiology $200
Upper GI radiology with KUB* $400
Upper GI radiology with SBFT* $400

Labs (Price, $204)

  • Diagnostic EGD
  • CMP
  • Vitamin B12 & Folate
  • CBC
  • Thiamine/B1
  • PT/INR
  • Ionized Calcium
  • PTT

*Normally not needed for new patients

  • Zinc
  • Hgb A1C
  • Copper
  • Ferritin
  • Transferrin
  • Phsophorus
  • Iron & TIBC
  • TSH, pre-op only
  • Prealbumin
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium
  • Fasting lipid panel
  • 15–OH vitamin D
  • Fasting insulin


What Is BLISCare?

University of Utah Health's bariatric surgeons are BLIS surgeons. Becoming a BLIS Surgeon is a very selective process determined exclusively by BLIS. This means that we meet very high standards for short-term outcomes and long-term patient success.

Because we are approved by BLIS, we are able to participate in an innovative new insurance coverage which allows us to make a unique commitment to our self-pay patients:

  • If you have a covered complication within a certain time frame after your surgery, you are not responsible for the costs associated with caring for that complication. 

** This complication protection is only offered as part of the package price for your weight loss surgery. We are happy to provide this benefit to our patients, easing your mind and your wallet in this important decision to have a life-saving surgery.

**Other terms and conditions apply. Please contact our office and review the self-pay contract for further details about this program.