With obesity becoming increasingly common and the NHS already stretched, it is unsurprising that Health Authorities are trying to limit the number of weight loss procedures carried out on the NHS; consequently, the majority of patients having weight loss surgery in this country have it done privately. The cost of the treatment varies according to the clinic or surgeon you choose and the type of operation you have; it is best to research prices before you decide to have the surgery but as a general guide you can expect to pay around:
- Gastric balloon: £3,500-£4,500
- Gastric band: £8,000-£10,000
- Gastric bypass: £10,000-£12,000
Some clinics offer payment plans, which enable patients to spread the cost of their treatment over a period of time to avoid paying a large lump-sum.