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Advantages of Bariatric Surgery Abroad 

Expert predicts medical tourism to grow yearly at least by 20%, and this data doesn't include undeclared patients; the actual number could be higher. There are many reasons patients prefer to get weight-loss surgeries abroad. These include finding affordable bariatric surgery abroad, avoiding the NHS waiting list, and finding better treatment options.

If you want to lose weight through bariatric surgery, you need to navigate inquiries like: can I buy insurance to cover bariatric surgery? Can bariatric surgery be covered by insurance? And in most cases, insurance can't cover it, encouraging you to find better solutions abroad.

Other reasons that add appeal to having bariatric surgery abroad:

You get access to better patient care services and no waiting list

Most doctors usually see their patients once a month. So, an average doctor spends fewer than seven minutes with a patient. Ultimately, this means that patients don't experience good patient care services from their doctors.

On the other hand, you can expect to be treated with care and respect when you go for bariatric surgery abroad.

The procedure is more affordable abroad

The cost of health care in the US, UK, and Australia has risen for the past few years. Bariatric surgery costs 40% - 50% less abroad; in certain destinations, it could cost 70% less.

You can have access to one of Europe's leading bariatric surgeons

Surgeons abroad are highly skilled with years of experience. They will advise the best approach for your case. The vast number of international patients they treated adds value to their knowledge and understanding of international patients' expectations.

Advance modern facilities

The bariatric specialist is using the latest technology and equipment in their field. Ensuring your treatment will have great results and a higher success rate.

Internationally accredited hospitals with world-class standards 

You will find the surgeons are highly experienced with years of practice. Their clinics are accredited by renowned institutions like Joint Commission International JCI or International Organization for Standardization ISO. These facilities operate at a world-class standard.

Tips for choosing a suitable Bariatric Surgery clinic abroad 

  • Verify the surgeon's experience. Ask about the surgeon's education, additional fellowship training, and how many times they performed the treatment. 

  • Schedule an online consultation. Most clinics or hospitals that work with international patients offer this service. 

  • Prioritize the treatment you need: you need to understand the type of procedure you need. Visit your local doctor and understand what treatment best suits your case.

  • Create a shortlist of possible clinics/hospitals abroad:  research the clinic you're planning to visit overseas for your surgery procedure abroad. Most reputable clinics will have an official website, and you can examine the surgeon's expertise, reviews, and credentials. 

  • Check the local regulation: It is essential to know how the treatment is regulated in your chosen country. This will help you identify reputable clinics registered with the governing body or national association. It will also tell you about your rights.

  • Prepare a list of questions for your doctor: prepare a list of questions to ensure you receive quality treatment. Common questions to ask - do they provide a translator? Do they have patients' testimonials? Is the clinic registered with the national association?

Ideal Candidate for Bariatric Surgery 

You're an ideal candidate for gastric surgery abroad if you suffer from a specific health condition like type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure. Your BMI should be in the range of 35 - 39.

Bariatric Surgery Cost Abroad 

Some of the factors that affect the bariatric surgery cost abroad are the location of the clinics, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used.

Country Estimated Cost

10,000 - 20,000


15,000 - 23,000

Turkey 2950 - 4750

16,000 - 18,000

Learn more about Bariatric Surgery in Turkey by comparing costs and reviewing the clinics and doctors.

Bariatric Surgery Clinics(45 Clinics)

Luna Clinic Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Luna Clinic Turkey Verified
  • Preliminary and follow-up examination
  • 98% would recommend
  • 1000+ operations last year
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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Istanbul European Clinic
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul European Clinic Verified
  • 97% would recommend
  • Uses cutting-edge tech
  • Accredited by TSAPS (Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
  • Well-equipped staff
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Medical Park Gaziosmanpasa Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Medical Park Gaziosmanpasa Hospital Verified
  • Biggest private hospital in Istanbul
  • Advanced post-op care system
  • Internationally trained surgeons
  • JCI accredited clinic
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Erdem Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Erdem Hospital Verified
  • ISO 9001 Certified
  • Uses the top-notch technology
  • 20,000 square meters
  • 150-bed capacity
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Memorial Sisli Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Memorial Sisli Hospital Verified
  • Popular by international patients
  • 200 bed capacity
  • JCI-Certified
  • Has an advanced medical technology
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
Florence Nightingale Istanbul Verified
  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • Premium facility
  • Follows the latest treatment trends
  • 700 bed capacity
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Verified
  • 90% would recommend
  • ISO 9001:2008 and JCI accreditations
  • Leed Gold Certified
  • 231 patient rooms
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Kent Hospital
Izmir, Turkey
Kent Hospital Verified
  • 95% would recommend
  • Advanced technology investment
  • 1000+ treatments last year
  • Founded in 2008
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Medipol Mega University Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Medipol Mega University Hospital Verified
  • One of Turkey's largest hospitals
  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • High review rate
  • Online doctor consultations
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Liv Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Liv Hospital Verified
  • 95% would recommend
  • Online doctor consultation
  • Great location
  • Open weekends
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By Abdulaziz Ali - Medically reviewed by Prof. Cuneyt Kayaalp, on Mar 30, 2024

Bariatric Surgery Complications 

The side effects will vary depending on the procedure (invasive or non-invasive). But like any other surgical procedure, bariatric surgery's common side effects include: 

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Blood clots

  • Injury to adjacent organs

  • Anesthesia risks

  • The trouble of absorbing certain nutrients

Bariatric Surgery Recovery Timeline 

The recovery period will differ from one patient to another, and it depends on the extent of the procedure. Before you're discharged, your doctor will provide you with the instruction you need to speed up your recovery.

Most cosmetic surgeries need a recovery period of between three to five weeks. Expect to return to normal activities within four weeks.

Bariatric Surgery Success Rate

The bariatric surgery success rate varies depending on the procedure. For instance, gastric balloon surgery has a success rate of 75%, while gastric bypass has a success rate of 80%- 95%.

Types of Bariatric Surgical Procedures

Gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, the adjustable gastric band as well as biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch are the most common bariatric surgical procedures. Each type of bariatric surgery comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The common types of bariatric surgery:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: This is the most common type of bariatric surgery. The gastric bypass procedure works by restricting the amount of food you can eat. This type of bariatric procedure is irreversible. 

  • Sleeve gastrectomy: During this procedure, 80% of the stomach is removed, and a tube-like pouch is left behind. Not much food can be contained in such a small stomach and it usually decreases the hunger hormone known as ghrelin.

  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch: This procedure can be described in two steps. The first step involves performing a procedure that is the same as sleeve gastrectomy. The second part focuses on bypassing the majority of the intestine by connecting the end portion of the intestine to the duodenum near the stomach. Although this procedure is effective, it can result in death, malnutrition, and vitamin deficiencies.

How To Prepare For Stomach Reduction Surgery  

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirin and any other medication that causes blood thinning.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • Avoid smoking before the surgery.
  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So it would be best if you did not take in anything alcoholic before surgery.
  • Follow your doctor-prescribed medication that adjusts your current medicines. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which Weight Loss Surgery Turkey Method Is Best?

Many studies reported gastric bypass surgery is the most effective procedure for weight loss. Gastric bypass results in an average of 31% total body weight loss in the first year. And 25% loss of total body weight after 5 years.

Why is Turkey so cheap for Bariatric surgery?

Many factors affect bariatric surgery treatment costs, like the location of the clinics, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used. But the cheap labor of surgeons and staff and the low cost of instruments and equipment explains why the procedure is inexpensive in Turkey.