When planning surgery abroad, directly with the hospital, one must remember that when you ask for the cost of the surgery, this is the price you will be given.
It does NOT include the costs of tests needed prior to the operation.
Yesterday I received an email with a request for a Gastroscopy to check everything was ok down my throat and to the point of my band. This needed to be completed before the operation.
As I only have 13 days until I travel to Brugge, I was suddenly sent into a blind panic!
I phoned about 7 or 8 hospitals and hospital access groups to find someone who could do a consultation (why?!) and then do the test. The worst part was not that most of them couldn't fit me in, but that the cost was between £1400 and £1800 ARGHHH!!!
I did manage to find one consultant that would see me, and I booked to have the consultation on Friday (3 days time) and the procedure on the following Tuesday. However, that was before I asked myself the question of whether I could actually get this all done in Belgium too.
I phoned Dr. Dillemans secretary this morning and asked her. The reason she didn't suggest coming all the way to Belgium for the test was that she didn't want to put me out. She thought it would be easier to have it in England. NO WAY!! So I booked it. I'm having the scope on Monday 29th August in Brugge! This happens to be a public holiday in the UK, so my hubbie can come too.
I've just booked the Eurotunnel - £190 as it is a bank holiday Monday - and the procedure itself costs 300 euro.
I mean WHAAAAAAAAT!!!!! That's £250! What the hell is England playing at man?
I can go to Belgium in my car, get it done and be home the same day, including a nice day trip out with my hubby as it's our anniversary too, for less that £500!!! That's a huge amount of difference.
So sod paying through the nose here.
Total surgery costs are below for those interested in getting a Band revision to a RNY Bypass in the leading European Obesity Centre in Brugge, Belgium:
Surgery: 7750 euro
Gastroscopie: 300 euro
Barium Swallow: 150 euro
Bloods: 100 euro
ECG: 100 euro
Total 8400 euro - £7220 - $9500
If you pay in cash, you get a 4% discount. So I'm going to do that.
So beware the little extras, as these are not quoted when you ask how much it costs to do a band to bypass revision.