Dr. Johnell discusses whether LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band bariatric surgeries are covered by medical insurance. Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon at the Banner North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.
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Getting Cover for Adjustable Band Bariatric Surgery As early as the initial seminar that we offer patients, one of the most important questions that patients ask is whether the procedure, the lap banding procedure is covered by insurance. Back in the early 2000’s that was a very relevant question because many of the insurance companies still consider the operation experimental because it was not approved by Medicare at that time. However, in 2005 everything changed, Medicare approved the procedure for their patients. Therefore, it was not considered an experimental operation anymore. And so at this time most major insurance carriers cover the lap band procedure and they realized band procedure. In North Colorado Medical Center Bariatic Surgical Services, we accept all forms of private insurance including Medicare and Medicaid.

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