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.