Weight Loss Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia

Weight loss surgery in Atlanta is available at hospitals throughout the greater metro area. Experienced doctors perform popular procedures like gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, as well as non-surgical options that include gastric balloon, vBloc therapy, and more.

Click below to learn about each procedure, or scroll down for more about having bariatric surgery in Atlanta.

If you’d like to find a surgeon in Atlanta now, click here. Otherwise, continue reading to learn everything you need to know about weight loss surgery in Atlanta.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Weight Loss Surgery Options in Atlanta
  2. Insurance in Atlanta
  3. Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Atlanta
  4. Atlanta Weight Loss Statistics
  5. Patient Community & Expert Advice
  6. Find a Top Surgeon
1.

Weight Loss Surgery Options in Atlanta

  • Check Your BMI To See If You Qualify

  • Learn How Each Weight Loss Procedure Works

Use the body mass index (BMI) calculator to see if you meet criteria for weight loss surgery in Atlanta. After you submit your height and weight, the calculator will populate a yes or no answer depending on if you qualify:

BMI Calculator

Enter your height and weight, then click the button.

RESET
RESET
Your BMI35.7Severely Obese
RESET

Does your BMI qualify you for a weight loss procedure?

Yes!

Learn more about the available weight loss procedures in Atlanta below:

Gastric Sleeve in Atlanta

Gastric sleeve is the most popular option in Atlanta, accounting for over half of all weight loss surgeries performed. The gastric sleeve works by surgically removing about 80% of the stomach which:

  • Causes patients to feel full sooner while eating
  • Reduces the amount of hunger-causing hormones made by the stomach, making patients feel less hungry

Additional Gastric Sleeve Facts:

  • Lose up to 70% of your excess weight
  • Eligibility requires a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30
  • Hospital stay: 2-3 days
  • Return to work: 1-3 weeks
  • Carries a moderate risk of non-serious complications
  • Permanent diet and lifestyle changes are required
  • Surgery also results in less hunger-producing hormones being secreted by the stomach, causing patients to feel less hungry

Featured Gastric Sleeve Before And After Picture:

Weight Loss Surgery Atlanta

Image source: https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net

Gastric Bypass In Atlanta

Gastric bypass is the second most popular weight loss surgery in Atlanta. During the procedure, the surgeon reduces the size of the stomach and rearranges the digestive system. As a result, patients feel full sooner and absorb fewer minerals when they eat, causing significant long-term weight loss.

Additional Gastric Bypass Facts:

  • Lose up to 70% of your excess weight
  • Eligibility requires a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30
  • Hospital stay: 2-3 days
  • Return to work: 1-3 weeks
  • Carries a moderate risk of non-serious complications
  • Permanent diet and lifestyle changes are required

Featured Gastric Bypass Before And After Picture:

Weight Loss Surgery Atlanta

Image source: https://images-production.global.ssl.fastly.net

Gastric Balloon in Atlanta

The non-surgical gastric balloon procedure is quickly gaining popularity in Atlanta. Gastric balloons work by taking up room in the stomach which makes less room for food. As a result patients eat less, feel full sooner, and lose weight.

Additional Gastric Balloon Facts:

  • Lose up to one-third of your excess weight in six months
  • Eligibility requires a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30
  • No hospital stay is required (the procedure is outpatient)
  • Nausea and bloating, if present, usually go away within a couple of weeks
  • Balloons must be endoscopically removed (removed through the mouth) after six months
  • Three types of balloons available in the United States: ReShape, Orbera, and Obalon

Featured Gastric Balloon Before And After Picture:

Weight Loss Surgery Atlanta

Image source: http://laendo.net

See our Gastric Balloon page for more information.

LAP-BAND® in Atlanta

LAP-BAND® has become less popular in Atlanta in recent years, but many surgeons still perform it.

To perform the procedure, your surgeon will place an adjustable band around the stomach to create a small stomach “pouch” above the band. The smaller stomach pouch causes patients to feel full sooner while eating, helping them to eat less and lose weight.

Additional LAP-BAND® Facts:

  • Lose up to 55% of excess body weight
  • Eligibility requires a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30
  • Hospital stay: 1 night
  • Return to work: 1-2 weeks
  • Moderate risk of non-serious complications
  • Reversible procedure (LAP-BAND® can be removed)

Featured LAP-BAND® Before And After Picture:

Weight Loss Surgery Atlanta

Image source: http://lapbandbeforeandafterpictures.com

See our page on LAP-BAND® for more information.

Duodenal Switch in Atlanta

Duodenal switch (DS) is the least-commonly performed weight loss procedure in Atlanta. As a result, you may have a difficult time finding an experienced DS surgeon near you.

The duodenal switch is a malabsorptive procedure, meaning it reduces the amount of nutrients your body will absorb. This procedure has the best weight loss results of all bariatric surgeries (most weight loss combined with the lowest risk of weight regain), but it also carries the most stringent long-term dietary restrictions.

Additional Duodenal Switch Facts:

  • Lose up to 70%+ of your excess weight in 2 years
  • Minimum body mass index (BMI) of 30
  • Hospital stay: 2-3 days
  • Time off work: 1 to 3 weeks
  • Moderate risk of complications
  • Permanent diet and lifestyle changes are required

Featured Duodenal Switch Before And After Picture:

Weight Loss Surgery Atlanta

Image source: https://dssurgery.com

See our page on Duodenal Switch for more information.

vBloc Therapy in Atlanta

A few local hospitals and clinics provide vBloc therapy in Atlanta.

During the vBloc procedure, a pacemaker-like device is implanted under your rib cage. The device is connected by wires to the vagal nerve in order to control hunger impulses that travel from the stomach to the brain. Through controlled stimulation of the vagal nerve, patients feel less hungry throughout the day and lose weight.

Additional vBloc Facts:

  • Lose about 25% excess weight within 1 year
  • Eligibility requires a BMI of at least 35
  • Procedure takes between 60 and 90 minutes
  • No hospital stay is required (the procedure is outpatient)
  • Return to work: 3-4 days
  • Procedure is fully reversible
  • Most side effects are mild and resolve on their own

Featured vBloc Therapy Before And After Picture:

Weight Loss Surgery Atlanta

Image source: https://smsurgicalweightloss.com

See our page on vBloc therapy for more information.

AspireAssist in Atlanta

Multiple providers offer the AspireAssist in Atlanta. The procedure works by allowing patients to remove about 30% of food from the stomach after each meal. After eating, the food is removed through a tube in the abdomen that connects the stomach to a bag outside of the body.

Additional AspireAssist facts:

  • Average of 33% excess weight loss after the first year
  • Minimum body mass index (BMI) of 35
  • Time of procedure: 1-2 hours
  • Less invasive than weight loss surgery
  • Procedure is completely reversible
  • Side effects include mild abdominal pain and skin irritation

Featured AspireAssist Before And After Picture:

Weight Loss Surgery Atlanta

Image source: http://misadallas.com

See our page on AspireAssist for more information.

2.

Insurance in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Weight loss surgery coverage varies by procedure

Getting Atlanta-based insurance companies to pay for weight loss surgery will depend on your specific insurance policy. The most popular insurance providers in Atlanta that cover weight loss surgery include:

The following procedures are usually covered if your policy includes bariatric surgery:

  • Gastric sleeve
  • Gastric bypass
  • LAP-BAND®
  • Duodenal switch

Procedures usually NOT covered include:

  • Gastric balloon
  • vBloc therapy
  • AspireAssist

Getting insurance to pay for weight loss surgery in Atlanta will depend on the type of policy you carry.

  • Private Insurance – Individual Plan, Family Plan, or Small Employer Plan (50 or fewer employees): Weight loss surgery is NOT covered in Atlanta, since Georgia is not on the list of states mandated to include bariatric surgery by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
  • Private Insurance – Large Employer Plan (51+ employees): Whether weight loss surgery is covered is up to your employer. Call your insurance company, review your plan documents, or contact your Human Resources department to find out if it’s covered.
  • Medicare and Medicaid: Weight loss surgery IS covered in Atlanta, but not all surgeons in Atlanta will accept these insurance types. Patients who qualify must have a BMI of at least 35 and have an obesity related health condition like sleep apnea, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
CHECK MY
INSURANCE TOOL
1

Choose your plan, state, and insurance company below.

Can’t find your insurance company/plan or have updated info?

In order for insurance to approve your procedure, you must have a qualifying body mass index (BMI) of at least 30 (or at least 40 with no obesity-related health problems like diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, etc).

You may also be required to participate in a physician-supervised diet program for between 3 and 9 months, depending on the plan.

For more information, see our page on Weight Loss Surgery Insurance.

3.

Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Atlanta

  • With Insurance: Ranges from $3,500 to $18,500

  • Without insurance: Ranges from $5,000 to $27,000

Read below to learn more about pricing and expected costs if you do (or don’t) have health insurance in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Atlanta With Insurance:

Insurance will pay for most of your weight loss surgery, but not all of it. You will still be responsible for your plan’s office visit copay, deductible, and coinsurance (up to any applicable plan maximums).

Your out-of-pocket cost will range from $0 to $10,000+ depending on your plan. The national out-of-pocket average after insurance pays is $3,500 for the following procedures:

  • Gastric sleeve
  • Gastric bypass
  • Duodenal switch
  • LAP-BAND®

Note: AspireAssist, Gastric Balloon, and vBloc Therapy are not covered by insurance

Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Atlanta Without Insurance:

If you don’t have insurance, you’ll need to pay for your entire surgery (also known as self-pay). Many surgeons work with companies that help you finance your weight loss surgery, which is one way to make your surgery affordable.

The following list breaks down the average self-pay cost of each procedure in Atlanta. We’ve included the average monthly payment if you arrange a 4 year payment plan.

  • Gastric Sleeve: $16,500 ($418 per month)
  • Gastric Bypass: $24,000 ($610 per month)
  • LAP-BAND®: $15,000 ($380 per month)
  • Duodenal Switch: $27,000 ($685 per month)
  • Gastric Balloon: $8,000 ($205 per month)
  • vBloc Therapy: $19,000 ($480 per month)
  • AspireAssist: $11,000 or ($280 per month)

These are averages; it is common to find surgeons who perform the procedures as low as half of the average cost.

Click here to find a top surgeon to ask for a self-pay quote.

For less expensive international options, see our page on Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico.

4.

Atlanta, Georgia Weight Loss Surgery Statistics

  • 5.7 million total metro population

  • 1.8 million currently qualify for weight loss surgery

  • 3,500 bariatric procedures performed per year in Atlanta

31.4% of Georgia’s population suffers from obesity (1). The metro area population is 5.7 million, meaning that about 1.8 million adults currently qualify for weight loss surgery in Atlanta.

Last year, around 3,500 people received a bariatric procedure in Atlanta (2). Weight loss surgery is also growing in popularity, and the yearly number of surgeries in Georgia is expected to rise for the foreseeable future.

Find a local surgeon if you’re interested in learning more.

5.

Ask The Expert

  • Patient Experiences

  • Ask the Expert

If you still have questions about weight loss surgery in Atlanta, our experts are happy to answer them. We (and other patients) would also love to hear about your experiences.

Please use the form below to share your experience or ask a question.

Close Help

Entering your question or experiences is easy to do. Just type!… Your comments and questions will appear on a Web page exactly the way you enter it here. You can wrap a word in square brackets to make it appear bold. For example [my story] would show as my story on the Web page containing your story. TIP: Since most people scan Web pages, include your best thoughts in your first paragraph.

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional) [ ? ]

Close Help

Do you have some pictures or graphics to add? Great! Click the button and find the first one on your computer. Select it and click on the button to choose it. Then click on the link if you want to upload up to 3 more images.

Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)


To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

submission guidelines.

Submit Your Question or Contribution



Questions From Other Visitors*

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page…

6.

Find a Top Surgeon

  • Ask for a free insurance check or cost quote

  • Attend a free seminar or webinar

  • Schedule a phone or in-person consultation (both often free)