Category: <span>Surgery</span>

I was shocked to read today on the Bariatric Banter Facebook group that bariatric patients of some hospitals are being charged up-front fees of €4,000 or more – and that’s for people who are fully covered for the surgery by their health insurance! The fees being charged by hospitals such…

Surgery

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (or lap band) is an inflatable device that is placed around the top of the stomach. The band presses into the stomach to form a small pouch, and helps restrict the amount of food that can be consumed. The band pressure is adjusted by injecting…

Surgery

If you have private health insurance in Ireland, and you meet the general requirements, then the chances are your health insurance WILL cover the cost of surgery. Requirements In order to qualify for weight loss surgery you need to demonstrate to the bariatric team that you: Have a BMI over…

Surgery

One of the things I’ve learned from reading the Facebook groups is that there’s a lot of Irish people going abroad to get bariatric surgery. The waiting list for getting weight loss surgery on the public health system is often years, and for those that don’t have private health insurance…

Surgery

If you have private health insurance, then the price of your bariatric surgery is most likely covered by your insurer. In recent years health insurers have recognised that an investment in weight loss surgery now can save them a lot of money in long run, as they are less likely…

Surgery

I thought I’d talk a little about the pain I experienced after surgery. For the first two days, when I was still in hospital, I was in a lot of pain – particularly on my left hand side, which was the side (my surgeon explained to me) where most of…

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