What you need to know about private surgery
Private surgery is an option available to anyone requiring an operation who doesn’t want to join an NHS waiting list or wants to pick their own surgeon. Private surgeons are just as qualified, experienced, and professional as those who work in NHS hospitals, and can perform a broad range of common and specialist operations, including appendicectomies, vasectomies, biopsies, colon cancer surgery, hernia repair, and more. And, just like in the NHS, private surgeons will also often be specialists in certain areas. These can include cardiology, colorectal, cosmetic, neurological, and orthopaedic surgeons.
It’s accessible in two main ways – either through private health insurance or as a self-paying patient. Whichever access route you take, though, you’ll typically first have to be referred for the surgery by an NHS GP. The process of arranging a private surgery generally starts with a visit to your GP for a referral, followed by a consultation with your chosen surgeon for relevant tests and to book in the surgery, and finally the surgery itself and any relevant post operative care.
When you’re looking for a private surgeon to carry out a medical procedure, there are a number of key considerations to make. Firstly, if you have private health insurance, you’ll need to check the terms of your policy to see if there are any restrictions on who you can choose. Next, you should familiarise yourself with the qualifications and experience levels of each of your potential choices, weighing them up against each other to see which one best suits your need and ensuring they’re registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).
Finally, it’s an important step to check their reputation through online reviews or by speaking with your GP. It’s critical that you feel comfortable with the surgeon that you end up choosing, so take every step you can to understand whether they’re a good fit for you.
Whatever type of surgery you need, whether it’s minor or major, paid for by health insurance or out of your own pocket, find a private surgeon that suits you with My Health Assistant.