Bariatric Surgery a Cost-Effective Approach: Says A Recent Study

Its natural that patients consider many factors before deciding to opt for the bariatric surgery route for weight loss.

One key factor is financial.

Cost of surgery includes a package of surgeon fee, other clinician fees, consumables, OT charges, room rent, medications, supplements, time away from work recovery period of about a week etc.

Thus, the question begs itself – Is bariatric surgery a financially viable option?

And, the answer is a resounding – Yes!

A recent study* carried out, which is among many such studies, analysed the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery as compared to the conventional approach of managing obesity and its co-morbidities through medication and lifestyle management.

The study took into consideration the cost of surgery, nutritional supplements, follow-up care and costs arising from any surgical complications.

The study concluded that bariatric surgery resulted in savings of around Rs 7.5 lacs (9332 Euros) over a lifetime!

In addition, an analysis of the data showed that bariatric surgery patients had 5 more quality adjusted life-years (QALYs) as compared to patients treated through the conventional medical approach.

Thus, when looked at over a period of 10 years, bariatric surgery proved to be more cost-effective. Secondly when compared for a lifetime, it was dominantly a more financially wise decision.

It is also important to keep in mind that bariatric surgery leads to remission of diabetes in majority of the cases and also has a positive effect on blood pressure, cardiovascular health and other health issues.

These are all comorbidities associated with obesity and require medical intervention in the form of consultations, drugs, frequent hospitalization and treatment for life.

Bariatric surgery involves a one-time costly procedure but when compared with the lifetime annual medical expenses incurred for those suffering from Type-2 diabetes and other obesity-related comorbidities, it proves to be a more cost-effective approach.

Hence, what are you waiting for? For a detailed consultation to find if you qualify for Bariatric surgery, please call +91 98210 32169 and ask for an appointment with Dr Abhay Agrawal. Patients with a BMI of 30 and above will get a free consultation on phone for 15 minutes.


Get Up and Get Going!

“I’ll start tomorrow” – is the most popular excuse to skip an exercise session.

But, in order to continue to reap the benefits of bariatric surgery, a light to moderate exercise routine will be of great help.

Here are some tips to help you make exercise a fun routine:

  • Workout buddy: Set up an exercise schedule with a friend whether it is going for a daily walk or enrolling in an exercise class. It may motivate you on those days when you are feeling lazy.
  • Choose your exercise: Opt for the kind of exercise that you enjoy. If you enjoy being out in the open go for a walk, if you enjoy dancing join an aerobics class
  • Mix it up: Don’t let it get monotonous and boring. Incorporating different exercises in your workout plan will keep it interesting and fun.
  • Change with the weather: Go swimming during summers and opt for indoor workouts during monsoons. This will ensure that weather conditions are never a reason for you to miss a workout.
  • Set targets: Working towards goals keeps the motivation up. Set weekly targets – increase the number of kilometres within the same time frame or doing more repetitions in the gym. This will make you push yourself harder every time.
  • Rest: Choose a rest day, maybe Sunday? Give your body a break and take it easy. It will charge you up to attack your exercise goals for the new week.

Post-surgery, exercise plays a crucial role in sustained weight loss, general fitness and optimum cardiovascular health.

Just like the proverbial “apple”, exercising daily too will keep the doctor away!