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Weight Loss Surgery Costs




Weight loss surgery costs

Being recommended by a doctor for weight loss surgery can take time and there are so many procedures which have to be followed before a doctor will do this. The risk of complications or even death is extremely high for someone having surgery if they are morbidly obese.
A doctor will want to see that the patient has exhausted every other avenue in trying to lose weight before recommending them for weight loss surgery. The doctor will also want to make sure that the benefits to the patient will outweigh the risks.

However there are people who will want to have weight loss surgery regardless of whether their doctor has recommended them for it and will be prepared to pay to have the procedures done privately instead. There are many different options available to the patient such as biliopancreatic diversion which will reduce the body’s absorption of food and other procedures such as gastric bypass, lap banding or gastric banding which will limit the amount of food the patient can comfortably eat.

These procedures when done privately, all come with a hefty price tag and it can be difficult for the patient to finance. Once you have had a consultation and have decided on the type of weight loss surgery which would be best for you, you will find that the prices vary from practice to practice. The prices for each procedure vary widely as does the price for the clinic carrying out the procedure. You will probably see a wide variation of prices especially from the top to the bottom of the price range.

Prices for gastric band and lap band can average between £7000 and £8000, while a gastric bypass could set you back between £11000 and £12000. These prices will vary depending on the consultant you use. There could also be additional charges if there were any complications during or after surgery. Examples of complications which could result in extra charges could be if you had to stay in hospital for longer than was originally quoted or if you had to be re-admitted to hospital afterwards for further treatment.

You may want to look at a more experienced surgeon from a reputable practice when choosing where to have your weight loss surgery, even though it may cost you more initially. The chances of developing complications are significantly less with an experienced surgeon. You should make sure to do some research about the consultants you are visiting to ensure that you know about success stories and also if there are any horror stories.

Weight loss surgery should not be entered into lightly. It can cause complications and health risks for obese patients. However, with developing technology, these procedures are becoming more and more successful and are helping people lose weight and increasing their life expectancies and quality of life.


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