In short – yes. However, patients who can receive surgery on the NHS have to meet a very strict list of requirements to just be referred to a surgeon. The whole process if you are accepted takes around three years. The criteria set by the NHS is as follows
- 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)
- You’ve tried all other weight loss methods, such as dieting and exercise, but have struggled to lose weight or keep it off
- You agree to long-term follow-up after surgery – such as making healthy lifestyle changes and attending regular check-ups
At Healthier Weight we accept patients who have a BMI of 30 and above for surgery. And you can have surgery within a month of your first consult with one of our expert surgeons.