What you need to know about Gastric Band Surgery in Poland

A type of Bariatric Surgery used to treat obesity by aiding dramatic weight loss. It is also known to help lessen the problems associated with asthma, high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes and general heart problems. Also known as a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, a lap-band, A band, or LAGB, an inflatable silicone device is fitted around the top portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch, intended to decrease the amount of food consumed in one go. The sensation of feeling ‘full’ when eating occurs much quicker due to the upper pouch filling up quicker, then the food will slowly move into the larger lower section. Considered the least invasive of the Bariatric Surgeries as it can be performed and reversed via key-hole surgery.

Also referred to as obesity surgery, metabolic surgery or weight loss surgery, Bariatric procedures are designed to restrict the amount of food the body can absorb.

MyMediTravel offers 32 Medical Centers in Poland, some of which offer Gastric Band Surgery procedures - see below for the complete list, along with estimated prices. The price of a Gastric Band Surgery can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined based on a patients medical records / medical profile and an in-person assessment with the surgeon. For a bespoke quote and to discuss further with a member of our patient support team, Click Here to submit your Free Quote.

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Additional factors to consider:

1. Recovery time varies and most gastric bands can be performed via keyhole under general anesthetic, so scarring is minimal. This makes for shorter recovery time. Most people stay in the hospital 2 to 3 days, and get back to normal activities in 3 to 5 weeks. 

2. Success rate is extremely high and it is common to lose weight quite quickly over the first year following bariatric surgery and a Dietitian will recommend changes to your diet and eating patterns to achieve the best results. Most people lose at least 50–60% of their excess body weight. Surgery will not necessarily get you back within the healthy weight range (BMI of 20–25kg/m2) but it will get you closer to it. 

3. Patient reviews often cite the improved self-esteem and quality of life. The vast majority of patients are extremely happy with their decision and despite the risk and challenges would recommend it to others, with less than 1 in 10 experiencing any issues.

4. Complications and side effects may include, band replacement / re-fixing should it slip out of place, developing a food intolerance, gastro-oesophageal reflux (GER), which can be prevented by avoiding the foods that bring this on. Patients should expect some loose skin, particularly in areas of extreme weight loss.

5. Behaviour modification is essential; a commitment to regular exercise and a disciplined approach to diet are vital to the success of the treatment. 

6. Preparation will involve several tests and consultations with experts to determine which bariatric procedure is most suitable.

7. For a better understanding of the procedure, watch this short video.


Alternatives Bariatric Procedures:

1. Gastric Bypass - The stomach is divided into two parts; a small upper pouch and a large lower ‘remnant’ pouch. The small intestine is rearranged accordingly, bypassing the large pouch and thus significantly reducing the volume of the stomach.

2. Gastric Sleeve - The stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original capacity by surgically removing a large portion it, resulting in a sleeve or tube-like structure. This process is irreversible.

3. Gastric Balloon - An inflatable device is temporarily inserted into the stomach via endoscopic placement. The balloon obstructs a sizable area of the stomach, thus reducing the amount of food it can contain at any one time.

 


About Poland

One of the largest countries in Central Europe, Poland has only recently emerged as a serious Medical Tourism destination. Popular with tourists from the surrounding countries, many of which travel for Gastric Band Surgery procedures. With its open borders, traveling between the European Union (EU) is made that much simpler. Poland hosts a mix of publicly-owned and privately-owned facilities, none of which are JCI accredited, however, local accreditations are provided by the Polish Ministry of Health and are recognized by the EU. The most common procedures include dental, cosmetic, orthopedic and bariatric, all of which are offered at considerably lower prices than its Western European neighbors. Popular medical tourism destinations outside of the capital, Warsaw, include Krakow, Jelenia Gora and Wroclaw.

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