Patients considering bariatric surgery abroad are recently preferring Turkey. Weight loss surgery in Turkey is preferred for a couple of reasons. One of them is successful surgeons. Surgeons in Turkey are known for their knowledge and experience in bariatric and their high success rates.
Since obesity is widespread around the world and excess weight-related diseases threaten the lives of people, the importance of bariatric surgery as a permanent and effective treatment increased. Many obesity patients who want their health with weight loss surgery consider abroad surgery alternatives for economic reasons. This has led to medical tourism concept.
Turkey is among the popular medical tourism countries.
Two fields Turkey is popular in medical tourism are obesity surgery and hair transplant.
Why is Turkey preferred for obesity surgery?
There are many reasons for patients around the world to choose weight loss surgery in Turkey.
As we mentioned above, experienced surgeons are one of the most important factors to choose Turkey. Additionally,
- Advanced infrastructure of private clinics and hospitals,
- Advanced technology in all medical devices and tools,
- Experienced health team,
- High surgery success rate,
- Emergency intervention and intensive care service quality,
- Comprehensive patient care is among the reasons for thousands of patients to have weight loss surgery in Turkey.
Another important factor to choose Turkey is affordable prices compared to many European countries and USA and high-quality medical services.
Which bariatric surgery is performed in Turkey?
All bariatric surgery procedures are performed in Turkey. The most common surgical procedures are gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, gastric band and gastric balloon.
The most common one is sleeve gastrectomy known as gastric sleeve surgery where 80% of the stomach is removed. There is only a stomach with the size of a banana is left.
The stomach is smaller but preserves normal functions and the amount of food is decreased to feel fuller. This way, the patient eats less and starts losing weight.
In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is smaller and food absorption from the small intestine is changed and decreased. It is more complicated as requires a double procedure.
In gastric band surgery, the stomach is divided into two and a silicone band is placed at the connection of the stomach and esophagus. Thus, the top part of the stomach where the food comes first becomes smaller. It is reversible. Therefore, the gastric band can be removed anytime.
The gastric balloon is not the surgical but endoscopic method. With this balloon in the stomach, the patient feels fuller with less food and weight loss happens. The gastric balloon is effective for 6 months to 1 year.
Who are bariatric surgery candidates?
Certain criteria are required for patients who want to lose weight with bariatric surgery procedures. Because bariatric surgery is applied in the treatment of overweight, obesity and related diseases. Patients who will have the surgery:
Must be between 18-60 years old other than exceptions,
Have body mass index (BMI) over 40 or have a BMI between 35-39.9 and serious weight-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea,
Tried diet or exercise but failed to lose weight.
What should you consider in hospital selection?
Patients who want to come to Turkey to have obesity surgery must do online research.
It is important to get answers to some questions like which references do the selected hospital or private clinic has, the experience and success of surgeon who will perform the surgery and which quality standards do the hospital have.
Patients should contact hospitals or private clinics that meet the right criteria to learn more information.
Also, it is important to consider the medical services included in the surgery price.
Patients reviews should be checked and thoughts and reviews of patients who have had the obesity surgery in that clinic or hospital can be checked.
Although the experience of the surgeon, the equipment and quality of the hospital are the most important factors in the successful operation of the surgery, reaching the ideal weight after surgery and maintaining the weight depends primarily on the patient’s desire in this regard. Because patients who will have obesity surgery must change their lifestyles, especially their eating habits.
It is easier for patients who are willing to have a new life after the surgery to make the necessary changes before the surgery.
A strict diet program should be followed for the first 2 months after the surgery and patients should be careful about eating. The patient should follow the recommendations of the surgeon after the surgery and have follow-up examinations. When these rules are followed, patients can have the body and health they want after obesity surgery.