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Advantages of Diabetes Surgery Abroad 

With all the existing research and advancement in the medical field to combat diabetes, there is still no cure for diabetes type 1 and 2. Drastic lifestyle changes sometimes put diabetes into remission. Another option is diabetes surgery, but not all patients can choose it because of financial reasons or need to be placed on a waiting list.

It is an open secret that most patients seek diabetes surgery abroad to cut costs and avoid the waiting list. But these are not the only reason why most patients travel to get treated: 

The procedure is more affordable abroad

The cost of health care in the US, UK, and Australia has risen for the past few years. Diabetes surgery costs 40% - 50% less abroad.

You have access to innovative treatment options 

Traveling abroad to treat diabetes will open other possibilities or introduce a better, more effective treatment to solve diabetes.

Highly skilled and experienced surgeons

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.

Treatment that's worth your money 

Finding a specialist abroad will be more cost-effective for you than visiting an amateur doctor in your local country.

A chance to experience a luxury holiday 

Most patients travel abroad for the procedure; their primary goal is treatment. But they understand it is an opportunity to enjoy a luxury holiday and explore new experiences before or after their surgery.

Tips for choosing a suitable Diabetes Surgery clinic abroad 

  • 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 gastric 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 Diabetes Surgery

You're an ideal candidate for diabetes surgery if you have type-2 diabetes and a BMI of 30 or above.

Diabetes Surgery Cost Abroad 

Some of the factors that affect the cost 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 €4500 - €5000

€16,000 - €18,000

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

Diabetes Surgery (47 Clinics)

Luna Clinic Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Luna Clinic Turkey Verified
  • Accredited by JCI
  • 98% would recommend
  • 1000+ treatments(operations) last year
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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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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Koç Healthcare Institutions
Istanbul, Turkey
Koç Healthcare Institutions Verified
  • Follows strict standards to deliver exceptional services
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Founded in 1997
  • Internationally recognized surgeons
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By Abdulaziz Ali - Medically reviewed by Prof. Cuneyt Kayaalp, on Mar 08, 2023

Diabetes Surgery Recovery Time

Laparoscopic Diabetes surgery procedures result in a shorter recovery time. You may remain in the hospital for 2 to 3 days, returning to normal activities in 3 to 5 weeks.

If the Surgery involves a larger cut, your healing process will likely take longer. Follow the nutrition guidelines given to you by the nutritionist to ensure a faster recovery time. 

How Is Diabetes Surgery Performed? 

Diabetes surgery can take two different approaches. The initial one is a gastric sleeve, and the second is a gastric bypass.

Gastric sleeve: The surgeon removes part of your stomach and creates a new tube-shaped stomach or "sleeve." The procedure reduces the size of your stomach and restricts the amount of food you can eat at one time. 

Gastric bypass: The surgeon makes a small pouch that bypasses the stomach and attaches it to the further end of your small intestine. The procedure results in reducing the number of calories your body will absorb. 

Diabetes Surgery Complications

All surgical procedures carry some risks and side effects. The risks associated with diabetes surgery include: 

  • Acid reflux

  • Anesthesia-related risks

  • Chronic nausea and vomiting 

  • Dilation of esophagus

  • Inability to eat certain foods

  • Infection

  • Obstruction of stomach 

  • Weight gain or failure to lose weight

Diabetes Surgery Success Rate

Diabetes surgery or Metabolic Surgery is the most effective diabetes treatment and may result in stopping taking medications. 

Nearly 78 percent of patients who undergo the surgery experience lower blood levels, take fewer diabetes medications and see an improvement in diabetes-related health issues. 

Medics have advanced diabetes surgery, and it is among the best-studied therapies in modern medicine. 

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)

Is weight loss surgery in Turkey safe?

Yes, weight loss surgeries are safe in Turkey because 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.

Why is weight loss surgery so cheap in Turkey?

Weight loss surgeries are cheap in Turkey because the living cost and labor costs are inexpensive compared to the UK or the USA.

How long does a gastric sleeve last?

Gastric Sleeve surgery is effective six years after the initial surgery. During this period, you can expect to lose 60% of your body weight.