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Advantages of Gastric Surgery Abroad 

Gastric surgery is one of the surgeries that most insurers don't cover, and if your case is exceptional, there is little you can do about the waiting list. These factors motivate most patients to seek gastric surgery abroad. The benefits of gastric surgery abroad include:

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

The geographical location plays a role. Turkey and Hungary have gained a reputation as top destinations for medical tourism. Also, the vast number of patients who travel to these destinations adds value to their experience and understanding of international patients' expectations.

Advanced facilities with modern equipment

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 

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 Gastric 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 Gastric 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.

Gastric 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
UK

$10,000 - $20,000

USA

$15,000 - $23,000

Turkey

$4000

Australia

$16,000 - $18,000

 

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Florence Nightingale Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • Free airport pickup and free VIP transfers
  • Translation services in English, German and more
  • 700 bed capacity
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KCM Clinic
Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
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  • Fully-equipped private hospital
  • Founded in 2006
  • World-class medical treatment
  • Received the ISO 9001
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Ersoy Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Give service in 3 diffrent locations
  • Founded in 1989
  • Has ISO 9001:2008
  • Latest surgical techniques
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Wellborn Clinic
Bucureşti, Romania
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  • First hospital in Romania 
  • Most advanced medical technologies
  • Hospital works 24/7
  • Specialized in IVF
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NB Kadikoy Diabetes And Obesity Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Regulations of Turkish Diabetes Association (TDA)
  • 3 operating rooms
  • 66 beds
  • Located in Istanbul
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Medical Park Izmir Hospital
Izmir, Turkey
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  • JCI accredited
  • Offers services in 46 branches
  • Consists of 46,000 m2
  • 301 total bed capacity
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Acibadem Healthcare Group
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • FIFA-accredited sports medicine center
  • JCI accredited
  • In-house clinical laboratory
  • Free transfers between airport, hotel and clinic
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Dr. Serkan Ayhan Clinic
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Offers free Wi-Fi
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  • Free online consulatation
  • Located in Istanbul
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Olimpos Hospital
Antalya, Turkey
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  • Free online consultation
  • Full equipped operations and MRA and CT rooms
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Dr. Murat Aynaci Clinic
Antalya, Turkey
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  • Free online consultation
  • Located in Antalya
  • Member of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
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Gastric Surgery Recovery Time 

Most gastric surgeries are laparoscopic; the surgeon makes small incisions. Meaning the recovery time is short. You will stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after the procedure to monitor your recovery. Expect to return to normal activities within 3-5 weeks.

Gastric Surgery Success Rate

Gastric Surgery has an 80% - 95% success rate. You can expect to lose 60% - 70% of your weight after the procedure. 

How Does Gastric Surgery Work?

Gastric surgery is an invasive surgery that aims to reduce stomach size, which reduces the amount of food you can take. The procedure is also known as stomach reduction surgery. 

Types of Gastric Surgeries:

  • Gastric Bypass: the surgeon will divide the stomach into a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch.
  • Gastric Sleeve: the surgeon will create a small stomach "sleeve" using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is permanently removed.
  • Gastric Band: The surgeon places the band around the upper portion of the stomach and attaches a tube to the band. The tube is accessible through a port under the skin of the abdomen. The surgeon injects a saline solution into the band to inflate it using this port. 
  • Gastric Balloon: the surgeon will place a medical silicone balloon endoscopically into the stomach. The balloon is filled with a saline solution to reduce the amount of food you can take.
  • Gastrectomy: Gastrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the stomach. Gastrectomy surgery is most often performed to treat benign stomach ulcers, bleeding, inflammation, blockages, or tumors.

How to Prepare for the Gastric 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) 

What is considered gastric surgery?

Gastric Surgery is any surgical procedure involving the digestive system that helps you lose weight. For example, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Balloon, and Gastric Band.

What is the best stomach surgery?

Many studies reported Gastric Bypass is the most effective gastric surgery to lose weight.

How long is gastric surgery recovery?

Most Gastric Surgeries are laparoscopic. You can expect to return to your daily routine within 3 - 5 weeks after the procedure.