In theory, you should be able to have a gastrointestinal bypass on the NHS for free. But a lack of funding and long waiting lists on the NHS force many women in the UK to pay for obesity treatment.
The cost of a Roux en-Y bypass at a private clinic in the UK is approximately £10,000 - £12,000. In some obesity clinics, the price can be nearer to £15,000. This compares poorly with the gastric band method of obesity treatment, which typically costs just over £7,000.
You can choose to have a Roux en-Y bypass operation at an NHS hospital on a private basis. However, prices will be very similar to those found in private clinics.
If you find the cost of a gastric bypass too prohibitive, you can still have private treatment by taking out a finance plan offered by many obesity clinics in the UK. You may be able to spread the cost of treatment over several years, with not a penny of interest to pay.
The cost of having a gastrointestinal bypass abroad varies considerably from country to country. In the United States, prices tend to be somewhat higher than those found in the UK. However, substantial savings can be made by travelling to countries such as India, Mexico, or Malaysia. Obesity procedures can cost over 40% less in such territories.
If you are considering travelling abroad for a gastrointestinal bypass, don't be tempted by the cheapest clinics offering the lowest prices. These clinics may well use inexperienced surgeons, and provide inferior care and treatment. Always look for the most established clinics with the best reputation. Don't risk your health and safety for the sake of a few hundred pounds.
Common Bariatrics Questions
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