Can I have a gastric band on the NHS?
The NHS criteria for weight loss surgery is to treat people with potentially life-threatening obesity when other treatments, such as lifestyle changes, haven't worked. The NIHCE guidelines for NHS weight loss surgery are:
- to have a body mass index (BMI)of 40 or above
- to have a BMIof 35 or above and a serious health condition that could be improved if you lose weight, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure
It’s a remarkable statistic that an additional 60,000 UK adults every year have a body mass index that passes 40. Already 2.6 million people in the country are eligible for weight loss surgery using the NIHCE guidelines, a and the number is rising quickly. See more stats about the UK’s obesity problem.
Due to budget constraints, very few of those who would benefit from weight loss surgery are actually offered a gastric band on the NHS. Most gastric bands are now done privately. Although it means meeting the cost yourself, it avoids long delays and ensures you get the least invasive surgical procedure. Read about the ways to finance your gastric band surgery here.
In fact very few gastric bands are performed at all in the NHS with the most commonly performed weight loss surgery being the gastric bypass. This is because there are few ongoing costs associated with a bypass, unlike gastric band surgery which requires frequent follow up patient appointments and adjustments, adding a further drain on NHS resources.
From an NHS perspective, weight loss surgery tends to be offered to those patients who will benefit the most and most significantly reduce their need for NHS resources in the long term. It can take years to get a decision on eligibility and even if deemed eligible, patients are expected to follow a series of pre-operative assessments to determine their commitment to change, including following a diet plan for up to 6 months.
To determine if you are eligible for a gastric band on the NHS, please consult your GP.
Eligibility for a gastric band?
Arranging a private gastric band operation is simple. We accept self-referrals which means you don't have to be referred by your GP. Although we recommend you do so, you don't have to inform your GP, or anyone else at all, if that is your choice.
Our eligibility criteria for a gastric band are lower than the NHS so you can make the decision to take control of your weight at an earlier stage and potentially before you start to suffer from weight related conditions. At Healthier Weight, you are likely to be eligible for a private gastric band if you have a BMI of 30kg/m2
or higher. Find your nearest private Healthier Weight hospital here.
Other than a pre-operative assessment with a bariatric consultant to determine your suitability for the operation, we do not require you to undergo any form of psychological assessment nor do we ask you to follow a diet plan for any lengthy period of time (other than your immediate pre-operative diet, usually 5 days before surgery).
To determine if you are eligible for a private gastric band with Healthier Weight, call for a free no obligation chat on 0800 313 4618
Funding your private gastric band procedure*
Many people require full or part financeto cover the costof their gastric band procedure and we offer a range of options to suit your requirements so price doesn't have to hold you back.
afforditNOW loan up to the full cost of your procedure
With an afforditNOW loan you can repay over 36 or 48 months and you will only need a deposit of £600 in order to proceed.
Instalment plan Instalment plan to fund part of your procedure cost
You can defer (delay) up to £1500 of your gastric band surgery cost with our in-house Healthier Weight plan linked to your aftercare package. You would pay the balance upfront and spread the deferred £1500 over 12 months into INTEREST FREE monthly instalments.