You can have a stomach banding operation for free on the NHS. However, you must meet strict criteria to be considered for the procedure. And even if you are a suitable candidate, you may find that you're local Primary Care Trust (PCT) no longer provides funding for such treatment. A private clinc may prove to be your only option. So how much does a lap band cost outside of the NHS?
Lap band prices vary from clinic to clinic, and from hospital to hospital. But on average, the cost of a laparoscopic adjustable band in the UK is around £7,000. Treatment at some obesity specialists costs in excess of £10,000.
When comparing the costs of treatment between clinics, always ensure you are comparing like with like. Sometimes a quoted price may not include all the extra fees involved in a surgical procedure such as the cost of the operating room.
It's also important to base your choice on more than just price. The cheapest lap band clinics may provide inferior treatment but on the other hand, the most expensive bariatric centres may not necessarily be the best. The prices of a clinic can be determined by more factors than just their quality of care. Sometimes a stomach banding clinic can be expensive simply because of it's location.
The cost of a laparoscopic adjustable bands abroad can be considerably less than prices founds in the UK. In countries such as Turkey, India, and Mexico, savings of up to 40% are possible. However, it's doubtful whether these lower prices justify the added risk of having treatment abroad. Although increasingly commonplace, a laparoscopic adjustable band is still a complex surgical procedure. Things can, and sometimes do, go wrong. Having treatment far away from home can become a real issue.
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