If you want a gastric band in the UK, you're first port of call should be your local NHS hospital. However, be prepared to move on very quickly as universal stomach banding treatment simply isn't available on the NHS.
You should be able to have a gastric banding operation for free on the NHS provided that you meet their strict criteria i.e. be over 18 years of age, have tried all other ways to lose weight, and have no medical conditions that may complicate surgery. However, many local hospital in the UK have very limited funding available for laparoscopic adjustable band operations. Indeed, some Primary Care Trusts in the UK provide no funding whatsoever for obesity treatment.
Even if you are approved for stomach banding at your local hospital, you will likely be faced with a long wait before your operation actually takes places. Waiting lists of four months or more are not uncommon.
However, you can have gastric banding surgery at any number of private obesity clinics in the UK, or at an NHS hospital on a private basis. Standards of care are generally very high, with some clinics arguably amongst the best in Europe.
If you're looking for a recommended gastric banding specialist in England, try the Spire Manchester Hospital or the BMI Beardwood Hospital in Blackburn. For a stomach band in Wales, The Vale Hospital in the Vale of Glamorgan, and Spire Cardiff Hospital are two of the best. Excellent Scottish clinics include the BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen, and the Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital. And finally, for a laparoscopic adjustable band in Northern Ireland, look no further than The Belfast Vita Clinic.
When looking for a lap band clinic in the UK, don't base your choice solely on price. Although the cost of treatment is sometimes a good indicator of quality, it's not always the case. A slightly cheaper clinic may not be inferior to one of the more expensive specialists. A little research is needed to find a high quality clinic at a price that you can afford.
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