Stomach Surgery on the NHS

Stomach Surgery on the NHS

If you are suffering from any kind of stomach problem the first thing you will need to do is to contact your GP. Your GP will be able to talk about and determine the extent of your stomach problem; in most cases they are also able to cure any stomach condition with the use of prescription medication. There is a lot of other case when the condition is serious enough to warrant surgery.

Surgery Choices

If your GP recommends or refers you for surgery then you will have two options; stomach surgery on the NHS or stomach surgery through a private hospital.

Stomach surgery on the NHS is carried out free of charge for anyone in the UK, regardless of whether they have insurances or not.  Surgery through a private hospital will not be free of charge and can cost thousands of pounds, there are some cases where a patient has insurance that can cover the cost of surgery but in most circumstances a fee is likely to be charged. The main benefit of private hospitals is little or no waiting time, often surgery on the NHS has a waiting list that can mean a patient waiting months or even years, patients receiving private treatment can often be in surgery just days after the consultation.

Both services NHS and private have doctors, nurses and surgeons trained to the same level. The level of care received by the patient during their stay in hospital will be almost identical in both sectors. For those with the funds available the option of private can mean getting treatment quicker but stomach surgery on the NHS is still an excellent service.

Types of treatment

The NHS can provide stomach surgery on many different problems and treat hundreds of thousands of people each year who have problems relating to the stomach. Hernias and obesity problems are two of the most common forms of stomach surgery that are carried out. The NHS is also able to provide surgery for patients suffering from stomach ulcers and stomach cancer, surgical treatment for a stomach ulcer is often not needed and stomach cancer is rare meaning surgery is not often needed for both conditions.

Undergoing a consultancy prior to surgery

Most surgical procedures carried out on the NHS are done by referral from the patients GP, a patient can still receive treatment without being referred but it is the best way.

After a GP has referred you to a hospital, you will need to undergo a consultancy before any surgery has taken place. NHS doctors tend to work in a team and the doctor that carries out the consultancy may not necessarily be the one that provides the surgery. Stomach surgery on the NHS or anywhere is a big step to take and is always done as a last resort after all other diet plans have failed. The consultancy will provide you with all of the information regarding surgery, what is involved in the procedure, the advantages and the disadvantages.