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Lap band surgery or gastric bypass surgery

Published 12/06/2004 10:44 AM   |    Updated 03/01/2011 04:25 PM
Will VA pay for lap band surgery or gastric bypass surgery?
Lap band surgery is not an approved procedure for the VA, nor is it approved if performed in your community. The VA does offer gastric bypass surgery for those veterans who meet the necessary criteria; however, not all VA medical facilities perform this surgery. Veterans interested in gastric bypass surgery would need to make inquiry at his/her local VA medical facility to see if the necessary criteria can be met for procedure and,if allowed, where and when it could be performed.