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NHS gastric bypass vs private?

Gastric bypass

Eligible for a gastric bypass?

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The gastric bypass is recognised as the best weight loss surgery procedure for those people who are experiencing health problems as a result of their weight.

Those health problems are often Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and sleep apnoea. Over many years the gastric bypass has been shown to be the most effective mainstream weight loss surgery procedure for treating these diseases. It is for this reason that the gastric bypass has been the main surgery procedure used in the NHS for the last 10 years.

Can I have a gastric bypass on the NHS?

Although there are 100,000s of people in the UK who would benefit from a gastric bypass, there are fewer than 3,000 done in the NHS each year. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence set the guidelines for weight loss surgery in the NHS, and using these criteria, the NHS would be doing over 50,000 procedures per year, but the reality is that it does fewer than 3,000. This is because Hospital Trusts have to ration the surgery available because resources for this type of ‘elective’ surgery are very limited as priority is given to A&E, cancer treatment and care for older patients.  

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Gastric bypass

*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

The gastric bypass provides a complete cure for Type 2 Diabetes for most patients so the case for doing more gastric bypasses in this group alone is well established. The problem is that the NHS simply doesn’t have the human or financial resources to do them. This is unlikely to change as the pressures on the NHS due to an ageing population will only continue to increase. 

It means that the vast majority of people who would benefit from a gastric bypass will need to have it done privately. 

If you have a BMI above 30 we know that your life expectancy is shortened, and severely shortened when that figure increases above 50. To access the life changing gastric bypass you need, it means funding your own procedure.

Although you will have to meet the cost of surgery, there are lots of benefits, here are just a few:

  • You can choose your surgery date
  • You can usually go ahead within 2-3 weeks of consultation if you want to
  • You won’t have to follow a 6-month pre-op weight loss programme
  • As you do in the NHS
  • You can choose your surgeon
  • You choose the hospital where it is done.


Of course, the price can be a barrier. The gastric bypass usually costs in the region of £10,000 to £11,000 but when set against the health benefits most people consider this a worthwhile investment in their future. People also need to consider the savings they’ll make after surgery. Not only will they spend less on meals but they may also spend less on prescriptions. There is also research to show that weight loss surgery patients are able to work longer hours and increase their earnings once they lose weight and improve their health and mobility. You can read more on this here.

If you would like a personalised gastric bypass quotation, including details of the payments plans available, call 0800 313 4618 or complete our quote request form here.

For prices & finance options, get a quote online or call 0121 693 4488

*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.