Weight Loss Surgery in Northern California – List of Available Surgeons

There are several reputable weight loss surgeons in northern California, each of which has a unique set of procedures they offer. This page will help you figure out how to pick the right practice and how much you can expect to pay for your chosen procedure.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Northern California Bariatric Surgeon Directory
  2. How to Pick the Right Surgeon
  3. Average Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Northern California – $3,500 with insurance, $21,859 without insurance
  4. Which Procedure is Right for You
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Bariatric Surgeon Directory

  • Verified Surgeons in northern California

The surgeons below are available in northern California and can perform your weight loss procedure:


2.

How to Pick the Right Surgeon

  • Research online and offline

  • Create your inital list of surgeons

  • Narrow your list

  • In-person surgeon interviews

To find the best bariatric surgeon for you in northern California, follow these steps:

  1. Do your research – Confirm that surgery is your best option, compare procedures, understand the downsides of surgery, and learn the important aspects of life after.
  2. Create an initial list of surgeons – Three ways to find northern California based surgeons include:
    • Online searches
    • Asking for a referral from your primary care physician
    • Contacting one of the verified surgeons listed above
  3. Narrow your list of surgeons – Make an initial list of questions to ask each surgeon, then evaluate their answers based on what’s most important to you.
  4. In-person Surgeon Interviews – Once you have your short list of surgeons, sit down with each surgeon and pick their brains as completely as you can. If you’re wondering what to ask, we have a list of sample questions for each procedure.
3.

Average Cost of Weight Loss Surgery in Northern California

  • $3,500 if insurance pays

  • $21,859 self-pay

Total out-of-pocket costs for having a weight loss procedure done in northern California depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Which procedure is right for you
  • Whether your insurance covers your chosen procedure
  • Your chosen hospital and surgeon
  • How to pay for a weight loss procedure if you don’t have insurance
  • Whether your income qualifies you for special tax write-offs

The tools and links below will give you a better understanding of each of the above.

For more cost information, see our Bariatric Surgery Cost page.

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Which Procedure is Right for You

There are up to 4 weight loss procedures available in northern California, including:

  • Gastric Sleeve – feel less hungry & full sooner while eating
  • Gastric Bypass – feel full sooner while eating & absorb fewer minerals
  • Duodenal Switch – feel full sooner while eating
  • LAP-BAND® System – feel less hungry & full sooner while eating, absorb fewer calories and minerals

You will have an easier time finding a doctor who performs the more common procedures like gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, LAP-BAND®, and gastric balloon, although the other procedures may be available as well from select surgeons and gastroenterologists in your area.

To learn more about each procedure, see our Types of Bariatric Surgery page.

Does Your northern California Insurance Cover Weight Loss Surgery?

Whether or not insurance pays for some or all of your weight loss procedure depends on your specific plan.

If your plan does cover it, it will likely only cover the following procedures:

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

If you’re interested in a different procedure, you will probably have to take the self-pay route.

Your insurance company will also require that your body mass index (BMI) is at least 35 if you have obesity-related health problems like diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, or joint issues. If your BMI is 40 or more, no health issues are required.

Most insurance companies also mandate a 3, 6, or 9 month medically-supervised diet program before they will approve surgery.

Use the tool below to find out if your plan covers it.

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INSURANCE TOOL
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Choose your plan, state, and insurance company below.

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


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

Your Chosen Hospital and Surgeon

If your insurance covers the weight loss procedure that you want, your out-of-pocket costs will be determined by your specific plan elements like:

  • Office visit copay
  • Deductible (how much you pay for surgery before your insurance starts to pay)
  • Coinsurance (how much your insurance pays after your deductible)
  • Prescription drug copays

If your insurance doesn’t cover your chosen weight loss procedure, the specific hospital and surgeon you select will have a much bigger impact on your out-of-pocket costs.

To compare average self-pay (no insurance) out-of-pocket costs in your state to those in surrounding states, use the interactive map below.

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HIGHEST COST STATES $20,500 - $58,000 range

If you do not have insurance that covers weight loss surgery, the highlighted states above will be the most expensive. If you have insurance that covers gastric sleeve, your out of pocket costs will be about the same in all states.

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AVERAGE COST STATES $17,450 - $20,500 range

If you do not have insurance that covers weight loss surgery, the highlighted states above will have mid-level costs. If you have insurance that covers gastric sleeve, your out of pocket costs will be about the same in all states.

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LOWEST COST STATES $12,400 - $17,450 range

If you do not have insurance that covers weight loss surgery, the highlighted states above will be the least expensive. If you have insurance that covers gastric sleeve, your out of pocket costs will be about the same in all states.


Alternatively, you can scroll through the table below.

RegionRegion
Average CostAverage Cost
RegionALABAMA
Average Cost$21,910

ALABAMA surgeons surveyed are located in Birmingham, Decatur, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa

RegionALASKA
Average Cost$57,502

ALASKA surgeons surveyed are located in Anchorage

RegionARIZONA
Average Cost$24,916

ARIZONA surgeons surveyed are located in Flagstaff, Mesa, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson

RegionARKANSAS
Average Cost$15,298

ARKANSAS surgeons surveyed are located in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Pine Bluff

RegionCALIFORNIA
Average Cost$21,859

CALIFORNIA surgeons surveyed are located in Bakersfield, Burbank, Chico, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, La Jolla, Modesto, Oakland, Poway, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Barbara

RegionCOLORADO
Average Cost$20,959

COLORADO surgeons surveyed are located in Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins

RegionCONNECTICUT
Average Cost$24,150

CONNECTICUT surgeons surveyed are located in Farmington, Glastonbury, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, Norwalk, Shelton and Stamford

RegionDELAWARE
Average Cost$19,473

DELAWARE surgeons surveyed are located in Dover, Newark and Wilmington

RegionFLORIDA
Average Cost$22,063

FLORIDA surgeons surveyed are located in Ft. Meyers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach

RegionGEORGIA
Average Cost$20,507

GEORGIA surgeons surveyed are located in Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Decatur, Macon, Marietta and Savannah

RegionHAWAII
Average Cost$21,532

HAWAII surgeons surveyed are located in Aiea, Kailua-Kona, Honolulu and Wailuku

RegionIDAHO
Average Cost$19,917

IDAHO surgeons surveyed are located in Boise, Meridian, Montpelier, Nampa, Pocatello and Post Falls

RegionILLINOIS
Average Cost$24,725

ILLINOIS surgeons surveyed are located in Chicago, Champaign, Decatur, Naperville, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield

RegionINDIANA
Average Cost$25,898

INDIANA surgeons surveyed are located in Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis and South Bend

RegionIOWA
Average Cost$26,219

IOWA surgeons surveyed are located in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines and Iowa City

RegionKANSAS
Average Cost$22,433

KANSAS surgeons surveyed are located in Topeka, Lenexa, Wichita, Overland Park, Olathe, and Kansas City

RegionKENTUCKY
Average Cost$25,503

KENTUCKY surgeons surveyed are located in Lexington, Louisville and other towns.

RegionLOUISIANA
Average Cost$21,910

LOUISIANA surgeons surveyed are located in Alexandria, New Orleans, Shreveport and other towns

RegionMAINE
Average Cost$29,789

MAINE surgeons surveyed are located in Augusta, Bangor, Portland and other towns

RegionMARYLAND
Average Cost$30,487

MARYLAND surgeons surveyed are located in Baltimore, Salisbury and other towns

RegionMASSACHUSETTS
Average Cost$26,910

MASSACHUSETTS surgeons surveyed are located in Boston, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and other towns.

RegionMICHIGAN
Average Cost$26,186

MICHIGAN surgeons surveyed are located in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other towns.

RegionMINNESOTA
Average Cost$23,439

MINNESOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Minneapolis / St. Paul, Rochester and other towns

RegionMISSISSIPPI
Average Cost$22,112

MISSISSIPPI surgeons surveyed are located in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Tupelo and other towns.

RegionMISSOURI
Average Cost$23,428

MISSOURI surgeons surveyed are located in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis and other towns

RegionMONTANA
Average Cost$28,505

MONTANA surgeons surveyed are located in Billings, Bozeman, Helena and other towns

RegionNEBRASKA
Average Cost$23,327

NEBRASKA surgeons surveyed are located in Lincoln, Omaha and other towns

RegionNEVADA
Average Cost$16,572

NEVADA surgeons surveyed are located in Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno Areas

RegionNEW HAMPSHIRE
Average Cost$31,878

NEW HAMPSHIRE surgeons surveyed are located in Manchester, Nashua and other towns

RegionNEW JERSEY
Average Cost$26,785

NEW JERSEY surgeons surveyed are located in Newark, Trenton and Other Areas

RegionNEW MEXICO
Average Cost$17,852

NEW MEXICO surgeons surveyed are located in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Other Areas

RegionNEW YORK
Average Cost$32,580

NEW YORK surgeons surveyed are located in Albany, Buffalo, New York City / Manhattan, Rochester, Watertown and Other Areas

RegionNORTH CAROLINA
Average Cost$28,652

NORTH CAROLINA surgeons surveyed are located in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem and Other Areas

RegionNORTH DAKOTA
Average Cost$35,420

NORTH DAKOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Bismarck and Grand Forks

RegionOHIO
Average Cost$23,360

OHIO surgeons surveyed are located in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Other Areas

RegionOKLAHOMA
Average Cost$19,532

OKLAHOMA surgeons surveyed are located in Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Other Areas

RegionOREGON
Average Cost$34,846

OREGON surgeons surveyed are located in Portland, Bend, McMinnville, Salem, Medford, Springfield, Eugene, Beaverton, Corvallis, and Coos Bay

RegionPENNSYLVANIA
Average Cost$23,671

PENNSYLVANIA surgeons surveyed are located in Allentown, Altoona, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Other Areas

RegionSOUTH CAROLINA
Average Cost$25,469

SOUTH CAROLINA surgeons surveyed are located in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill and Other Areas

RegionSOUTH DAKOTA
Average Cost$25,806

SOUTH DAKOTA surgeons surveyed are located in Dakota Dunes, Rapid City and Sioux Falls

RegionTENNESSEE
Average Cost$25,346

TENNESSEE surgeons surveyed are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville

RegionTEXAS
Average Cost$17,700

TEXAS surgeons surveyed are located in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio

RegionUTAH
Average Cost$18,366

UTAH surgeons surveyed are located in Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George

RegionVERMONT
Average Cost$26,717

VERMONT surgeons surveyed are located in Burlington, Montpelier and Springfield

RegionVIRGINIA
Average Cost$20,873

VIRGINIA surgeons surveyed are located in Charlottesville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach and Other Towns

RegionWASHINGTON
Average Cost$25,874

WASHINGTON surgeons surveyed are located in Everett, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver and Other Areas

RegionWASHINGTON DC
Average Cost$20,709
RegionWEST VIRGINIA
Average Cost$19,333

WEST VIRGINIA surgeons surveyed are located in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown and Vienna

RegionWISCONSIN
Average Cost$26,649

WISCONSIN surgeons surveyed are located in Eu Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Other Areas

RegionWYOMING
Average Cost$29,728

WYOMING surgeons surveyed are located in Afton, Cheyenne and Riverton

How to Pay for a Weight Loss Procedure if You Don’t Have Insurance

Some patients have enough money in savings to cover the cost of their procedure. If you do, don’t forget to discuss what happens in the event of an unforeseen issue arising that requires a longer hospital stay. Some surgeons will cover that in an all-inclusive package, others will not.

If you don’t have enough in savings, options for financing weight loss surgery include:

  • Payment plan through your surgeon
  • Secured medical loan (i.e., use your house as collateral)
  • Unsecured medical loan (i.e., medical financing, credit card, etc.)
  • Retirement plan loan (i.e., from your 401(k) plan)
  • Life insurance policy loan
  • Loan from family or friends

See our Financing Bariatric Surgery page for more information.

Whether Your Income Qualifies You for Special Tax Write-offs

If your medical costs total more than 10% of your adjusted gross income, you may be able to write off a portion of your costs.

Use the calculator below to see if you qualify for these special write-offs.

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Can you deduct your weight loss surgery costs?
Enter your info below to find out.

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Does your insurance cover weight loss surgery?

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You can deduct weight loss procedure expenses if all of your medical, dental, and prescription out of pocket costs are more than 10% of your adjusted gross income. We need to know whether or not you have insurance that covers bariatric surgery in order to estimate your out of pocket costs.

In order to determine your tax savings, we need to know if your insurance covers weight loss surgery. Click here to use our Check My Insurance tool.

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Annual Income

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The IRS will use your adjusted gross income for this calculation. Adjusted gross income (AGI) is your total gross income minus specific deductions.

Click here to figure our your specific deductions
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Total annual medical + dental + Rx payments
(NOT INCLUDING your weight loss procedure)

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The number you enter should include anything medical-, dental-, or prescription-related that you've already paid and plan to pay out of your own pocket from January 1 through December 31 of this year.

Do NOT include any amount that is reimbursed or paid for by others. More specifically, the number you enter should include all medical and dental plan premiums, medical and dental treatment (e.g. deductibles, copays, and other out-of-pocket costs), and prescription drugs for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents.

For a full list of qualifying expenses, Click here.
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Select a Procedure

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You can deduct weight loss procedure expenses if all of your medical, dental, and prescription out of pocket costs are more than 10% of your adjusted gross income. We need to know which procedure you are considering in order to estimate your out of pocket costs.

YOUR RESULT

Yes, you can deduct everything you pay out of pocket for medical, dental, and prescription expenses.

The IRS allows you to deduct these costs as long as your total medical + dental + prescription drug out-of-pocket costs are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income.

Based on your selections, it appears that your out-of-pocket costs will meet this requirement.

YOUR RESULT

No, you cannot deduct everything you pay out of pocket for medical, dental, and prescription expenses.

The IRS allows you to deduct these costs only if your total medical + dental + prescription drug out-of-pocket costs are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income.

Based on your selections, it appears that your out-of-pocket costs will not meet this requirement.