Can I get a gastric bypass on the NHS?
NHS weight loss surgery.
Answer: Weight loss surgery is available on the NHS for people who meet certain criteria.
- These include: you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
- or a BMI between 35 and 40 and an obesity-related condition that might improve if you lost weight (such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure)
- Where I live before you are referred to the bariatric services you have to attend a food for thought group which runs for 12 weeks and I’m 5 weeks in its terribly boring because I feel like ‘ I know all this already!!! But I will continue to go and once I have completed they say I will be referred to the bariatric service so my question really is what happens next?? What are the timescales who do I see?
- I have had to see dieticians, a psychotherapist, follow a 12 weeks food nutrition and exercise regime/classes, plus I have been seeing a personal health trainer for almost a year.
- I also had to see a bariatric doctor last August (who visited the area and saw lots of patients) who assessed if I was ‘right’ for surgery. After seeing him I had to wait for my referral to Luton and Dunstable which I received in January this year.
Is it possible to have a gastric bypass on the NHS?
- Who qualifies for gastric bypass surgery?
- The NHS will provide gastric bypass surgery but you would need to pass their strict criteria tests qualify. Private Surgery in the UK prices generally fall into the following price range:
- The average cost of gastric bypass surgery in the UK is £13,000.
- The average cost in the UK of lap band is £9500
- The average cost of sleeve gastrectomy surgery in the UK is £12,000 .
You will need to qualify on several points before you can have a gastric bypass on the NHS.
- is your health deteriorating from being obese
- Are you diabetic
- are you type 2 diabetic
- have you tried exercise and diets to lose weight