Today, bariatric surgery is accepted as the most effective treatment procedure for obesity. Various obesity patients who are unable to obtain results from other treatments than the surgery can get back their health with surgical methods. Especially patients living in Europe, US and Middle East countries prefer surgery abroad for various reasons. In this sense, gastric sleeve abroad is one of the most searched and interesting topics.
What are bariatric surgery methods?
Bariatric surgery methods include widely preferred operations such as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. This is because these two methods have a high success rate.
With gastric sleeve surgery, approximately 80% of the patient’s stomach is removed. The removed part includes the section that secretes ghrelin hormone which is known as the hunger hormone. Therefore, the patient does not feel hungry. Since the stomach volume is smaller, patients feel fuller by eating less and start to lose weight after the surgery. This operation also called sleeve gastrectomy lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours. Since it is laparoscopic, the recovery after the surgery is fast. After this surgery, patients lose 10% of excess weight in the first month and 60-80% in the first year.
Another important procedure in bariatric surgery is gastric bypass. Since this surgery is more complex than the gastric sleeve, the complication risks are higher. With gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is smaller and food absorption from the small intestine is changed and decreased. This procedure has a high success rate.
Other than sleeve gastrectomy surgery and gastric bypass, the stomach band is the third surgical method. The stomach is divided into two with a silicon band. The top part is kept small so that food will come here and pass to the second part. Since the first section of the stomach is small, patients can feel fuller with less food after the surgery.
What is gastric plication?
Gastric plication is an operation to decrease the size of the stomach by folding it on itself and then to inside. A patient can recover fast after laparoscopic gastric plication. Since the stomach is not cut, intestines are not changed or a foreign object is introduced to the stomach, patients can generally be discharged on the next day. The complication risks are relatively low.
What is the safest form of weight loss surgery?
Every surgery has certain risks. Therefore, none of the surgical procedures offers zero risks. In weight loss surgery, there are things that increase or decrease the risk factor. For example, the surgeon’s experience, advanced technology of medical tools and equipment, equipment of the hospital and clinic, knowledge of health personnel minimizes the pre-op and post-op complications.
What are the advantages of gastric sleeve abroad?
Gastric sleeve abroad is preferred for economic reasons. Therefore, the basic advantage of surgery abroad is the price. But with price, service quality is an important factor. Patients get the chance to have surgery in highly equipped and advanced private clinics and hospitals with affordable prices.
Turkey is one of the countries known for weight-loss surgeries. The main factor is the success of surgeons. Extremely knowledgeable and experienced surgeons performed successful surgery with successful results. Additionally, Turkey has advantages for quality-price balance.
Gastric sleeve surgery is often offered with package prices. Thus, it is possible to have different pre-op and post-op service from a single price. These include pre-op check-up, special diet program planned by the dietitian, consultation, hospitalization, special care, accommodation for the attendant and family and private airport transfer.
Patients with morbid obesity which have body mass index (BMI) above 40, patients with body mass index between 30-39.9 and weight-related diseases (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure etc.) are candidates to have surgery in Turkey.
The surgery decision is made by the surgeon after tests. After gastric bypass, patients stay in the clinic for 2 or 3 days and then, they are discharged. Time is necessary to reach the target weight in the weight loss process. Patients generally lose 60% of the excess weight in the first 1 year.
In this sense, obesity treatment should be considered as long-term. Also, some people might prefer plastic surgery after the operation due to belly and breast sagging.