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What you need to know about Gastric Sleeve in Istanbul

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 sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original capacity by surgically removing a large portion, resulting in a sleeve or tube-like structure that is held together using a stapling device. The sensation of feeling ‘full’ when eating occurs much quicker due to the tiny capacity of this new stomach, therefore leading to rapid weight loss. The new stomach is about 10% of its original size and the procedure is irreversible.

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 6 Medical Centers in Istanbul, some of which offer Gastric Sleeve procedures - see below for the complete list, along with estimated prices. The price of a Gastric Sleeve 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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The Procedure

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and it is a laparoscopic procedure. 6 to 7 small incisions are made on your belly.   is inserted through these cuts and a clear picture of the inside is obtained on the monitor through the camera present on the laparoscope. A surgeon will use these pictures and tiny surgical instruments are attached to the laparoscope. Also, the surgeon uses other cuts to insert surgical instruments through them. A 3/4th portion of the stomach is removed using these instruments. The rest of your stomach is reattached in the shape of a sleeve or a banana. All the instruments are removed and the incisions are stitched and bandages are applied on to the wounds. 

Length of Stay in Istanbul

Gastric sleeve surgery is an outpatient procedure taking 1 hour in the operation theatre to perform. After which, you are moved to a recovery room where your vitals are monitored. A 2 to 3 days hospital stay is required after this surgery and you are discharged when your condition is stable. Still, you should stay in Istanbul for at least 14 days for follow up check-ups. During this period, you are kept under review and the stitches are removed after 5 to 7 days. 

Recovery Time

It will take two to three months to get back to normal meals and the amount of food you will eat is considerably decreased. You will suffer from a swollen and sore stomach for several days and medicines are prescribed to deal with the pain during this period. After 2 to 4 weeks you can return to normal activities, however on average, 6 weeks are needed. As it is laparoscopic surgery, less time is required to recover and scars are small which fade away over time. 

Aftercare

The following are some points which should be kept in mind to take care of yourself after being discharged from the hospital:

  • Intake only liquids for the first 2 to 3 days. After this, you can start taking pureed food and shakes. You will have to continue with this for at least 4 weeks. After which you can start eating solid food items. Do not eat very heavy food items. Avoid drinking water with food, as it fills your small stomach immediately. 
  • Follow a proper diet plan as you will have to fulfill your nutritional requirements with a smaller amount of food.
  • Take multivitamins and minerals daily. Especially vitamin B12, as pernicious anemia needs to be prevented.
  • Do not climb up the stairs, also, do not bend. Avoid those activities which can put stress on your abdomen. 
  • Change your bandage regularly and do not let it get wet as this can cause infection. 
  • Ensure you have regular check-ups and your weight loss is recorded during these visits.
  • Take your painkillers regularly to relieve yourself from the post-surgery pain.

Success Rate

You can lose 60% of your excess weight in 12 to 18 months after the surgery. It means 60 pounds out of 100 pounds. 0% mortality rate was reported for this surgery and it has a high success rate. Not only a decrease in weight was found but also there was a reduction in diabetes by 75%.

Alternatives to Gastric Sleeve

The following are some non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives to gastric sleeve surgery:

  • Weight losing drugs: with this method, some drugs are prescribed which can help with the weight loss process. You can lose 5% to 10% of your excess weight in one year through this and it is known as pharmacotherapy. 
  • VBLOC therapy: with this therapy, a pacemaker device is implanted into the skin of your abdominal wall. The device is connected to electrodes which are placed at the trunk of the vagus nerve through small incisions. Vagus nerve signals can be periodically blocked to reduce your eating desire and it is a minimally invasive procedure.

Before and After Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is a weight loss surgery. Before this surgery, you are obese and under the risk of its associated diseases. Your physical appearance will be less desirable and your activities restricted. After you go through this type of surgery, your physical appearance changes tremendously and your ability to undertake strenuous activities dramatically increases - but it will take time before you reach this stage as much weight needs to be lost first.


Alternative 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 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.

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.


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