Breasts: Plastic Surgery
John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is to the NHS of performing a single operation to remove and replace PIP breast implants; and how much of this cost is made up of the standard fees and associated costs for (a) clinical consultations, (b) pre-operative scanning, (c) medical implants, (d) operating surgeons, (e) anaesthetists and (f) other staff.
Simon Burns (Minister of State (Health), Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)
Based on national tariff prices for 2012-13, the average cost to national health service commissioners of removing and replacing PIP breast implants is between £2,500 (without complications or comorbidities) and £3,200 (with complications and/or comorbidities).
These amounts include a cost of between approximately £2,200 and £2,900 for a hospital spell; and a cost of approximately £300 for pre and post-operative out-patient consultations. The cost of a pre-operative scan (where required) is included within the figure for out-patient consultations but is not separately identifiable. No further breakdown of the total cost is available.