What you need to know about Gastric Bypass Surgery in Turkey

A type of Bariatric Surgery used to treat morbid 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. With a gastric bypass, the stomach is divided into two parts using a stapling device; 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. Altering the anatomy like this gives the sensation of feeling ‘full’ when eating, far quicker, due to the tiny capacity of this new stomach, therefore leading to rapid weight loss.

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 Turkey, some of which offer Gastric Bypass Surgery procedures - see below for the complete list, along with prices.

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Additional factors to consider:

1. Recovery time varies and most gastric bypasses can be performed via keyhole under general anesthetic, so scarring is minimal. This makes for shorter recovery time. Most people stay in the hospital 3 to 5 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, including additional vitamins and minerals, 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, bleeding or leaks from the staple joins, bowel obstruction, feeling weak from low blood sugar levels and the risk of infection. 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 Band - 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.

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 Turkey

Where East meets West – Turkey is considered to be both Asia and Europe, with 95% of its landmass being located in Asia. Rich in culture and history, a land once inhabited by some of history’s greatest empires, including most recently the Ottoman Empire and long before that, the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Of Turkey’s 1200+ facilities, more than 40 of which are JCI-accredited and this includes an even mix of publicly and privately owned. 700,000 annual medical tourists are drawn to Turkey for dental and cosmetic treatments, where doctors are mostly all English speaking. Popular medical tourism destinations outside of the capital, Ankara, of course include Istanbul and other regions like Antalya and Izmir.

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