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Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery)

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Bariatric surgery involves shrinking the stomach’s size in order to address the issue of obesity. One that has bariatric surgery is expected to lose a lot of weight. A vast majority of people who get weight loss surgery – 95% - say that the sense an improvement on the quality of life.


A few details about the procedure/treatment

Bariatric surgery involves shrinking the stomach’s size in order to address the issue of obesity. The method used for reducing the stomach may be the gastric band method, sleeve gastrectomy (the removal of a portion of the stomach) or a gastric bypass surgery which is the re-routing the small intestine to a smaller part of the stomach.

This type of surgery is a severe intervention and is recommended to persons suffering from obesity and having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35-40. The International Diabetes Federation issued a position statement suggesting that "Under some circumstances people with a BMI 30–35 should be eligible for surgery. As with all surgical options, the patient must consider carefully if there are some less intrusive techniques and talk it over with a specialist.

One that has bariatric surgery is expected to lose a lot of weight. A vast majority of people who get weight loss surgery – 95% - say that the sense an improvement on the quality of life.

 

How safe is to receive this treatment abroad?

Bariatric surgery is not a surgery treatment that can be performed în a small clinic. Throughout the procedure some essential components must be provided in order to ensure the success of the operation. A suitable facility would need to have a modern Intensive Care Unit, imaging capabilities and interventional radiology. These are required for providing optimal care in case of post-operative complications that are associated with bariatric surgery.

 

Special Aftercare

The global standard rate for complications is about 10 to 20% of patients that have weight-loss surgery. The most common complication that requires follow-up surgery is abdominal hernia. Complication such as nutritional deficiencies or gallstones that usually appear in 1 on 3 cases can be easily avoided by taking prescribed alimentary supplements.

 

Risks for travel after the procedure

As suggested by The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), a period of a couple of days to a week should bring up any possible complications. The longer the post-operative stay, the lower the risk of complications such as deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms.

Our advice is to choose a relaxing holiday destination for having the surgery. This enables you to recover after the surgery for 1 or 2 while having the clinic nearby in case some complication occurs.

Recovery time

Most weight loss surgery is laparoscopic, which is much less intrusive than the normal “open” surgery option. With this method, the surgeon uses only a small incision to perform the treatment. The hospital stay is reduced to only 2 to 3 days. Patients can resume their normal activities in 3 to 5 weeks.

 

Popular destinations and price range for bariatric surgery

If you live in UK then you could save more than 50% by traveling to Belgium or Germany, which are renowned centers in the medical field. A “lap band” surgery in Belgium costs around £3,800 while in UK the price would be up to £8,000. Turkey offers great savings also as it's an established destination for all kind of surgeries and on top of that it's a great holiday destination as well.

For USA residents we recommend destinations as India, Thailand or Singapore which offer both low costs and quality facilities that have international accreditation such as JCI. Combining surgery in one of these exotic destinations offers surgery treatment at top medical providers along with a luxury break at a beach resort like Goa or Phuket during the recovery period and at the end it costs less than 30-40% of the surgery price back at home.

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