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Bariatric Surgery (weight loss surgery) in Turkey, Prices & Clinics

Diet failure and rapid weight regain can both be a nightmare for many people who want to have a beautiful silhouette sustainably. Bariatric surgery can be a very effective solution to treat the problem of obesity as well as its complications.

The purpose of performing such a type of intervention is to promote weight loss by reducing food intake and/or absorption.

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    Bariatric surgery in Türkiye: An overview

    Bariatric surgery in Türkiye is a surgical procedure that helps individuals with obesity lose weight by making changes to their digestive system. This procedure is typically recommended for :

    • Individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher.
    • Those with a BMI of 35 or higher who have obesity-related health issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

    The surgery works by reducing the size of the stomach or bypassing a portion of the small intestine, limiting the amount of food that can be consumed and absorbed by the body. With a smaller stomach or altered digestive system, patients feel full more quickly, leading to a reduction in calorie intake and subsequent weight loss.

    Types of Weight loss surgery

    Bariatric surgeries differ according to the patient's needs and his health state. So, there are several weight loss surgeries performed in our partner clinics in Istanbul.

    Gastric band intervention

    The gastric banding procedure is the lightest and most effective in more than 80% of cases. It aims to reduce the stomach size and therefore the amount of food in the digestive tract. Thanks to this intervention, the patient can quickly be satiated and have gradually the ideal weight.

    Gastric bypass intervention

    Gastric bypass surgery exists in two forms (Y bypass and Omegabypass),it is very complex compared to other interventions and the efficiency rate is about 70%. It aims to decrease the capacity of the patient's stomach.

    Weight loss surgery can cause some complications such as internal bleeding, infection of the wound, and development of blood clots.

    Stomach reduction operation (Sleeve Gastrectomy)

    Sleeve gastrectomy or stomach reduction surgery is an irreversible procedure. It can improve the quality of life of the patient and is effective in more than 65% of cases.

    It involves removing part of the stomach from the "pouch" and reducing the hormone that stimulates appetite.

    Bariatric intervention side effects

    Bariatric surgery can cause certain complications, including

    • Internal bleeding.
    • Wound infection.
    • Appearance of blood clots.

    There are late complications and side effects during the follow-up period, often related to the patient's lack of commitment to the medical team's recommendations.

    Continued smoking increases the risk of ulcers, whether sleeve or bypass. Similarly, lack of regular exercise can lead to vascular problems. It's important to understand that surgery, of any kind, is not a panacea! Although it works by itself initially, the patient's continued and active cooperation is essential thereafter.

    If the patient is truly cooperative, even if this is sometimes difficult to achieve, the results can be optimal.

    Pre- and Post-Weight Loss diets

    Before undergoing bariatric surgery, you will need to establish a pre- and post-operative diet plan.

    The preoperative diet is designed to reduce the amount of fat in and around the liver, thus minimizing risks during surgery.

    As for the post-operative diet, it will facilitate the healing process and better adapt to your new stomach. It will also help you adopt new, healthier eating habits.

    Preoperative diet

    During the preoperative diet, patients should:

    • Begin adding protein supplements (protein powders or drinks) to their diet.
    • Reduce fatty meats and dairy products.
    • Limit sugary foods and beverages.
    • Reduce high-carbohydrate foods such as bread and pasta.
    • Quit smoking and drinking alcohol.
    • Stop binge-eating.

    Postoperative Diet

    After bariatric surgery, patients should follow these guidelines:

    • Eat and drink slowly and without rushing.
    • Opt for smaller meal portions.
    • Drink between meals.
    • Chew food slowly.
    • Increase consumption of protein-rich foods.
    • Avoid foods high in fat and sugar.
    • Include vitamin and mineral supplements in your diet.

    Reasons not to have bariatric surgery?

    Not everyone is a good candidate for weight loss surgery. However, there are other alternatives to help you reduce weight if you can’t have this type of surgery.

    To be a possible candidate, you should also re-learn new eating habits. 

    Candidates for bariatric surgery undergo thorough evaluations to determine their suitability for the procedure. However, there are cases where avoiding this surgery is recommended. These may include:

    • Severe heart failure.
    • Unstable artery illness.
    • Final stage lung disease.
    • Going through cancer treatment.
    • Hypertension.
    • Alcoholism or addiction to drugs.
    • Intellectual deficiency.

    Bariatric surgery cost in Turkey

    The cost of bariatric surgery in Turkey can vary depending on the type of surgery and the hospital chosen. On average, the price ranges from $5,000 to $10,000, which is significantly lower compared to countries such as the United States or the United Kingdom.

    With Turquie Santé, you are sure to be referred only to qualified and accredited partner clinics with experienced doctors. You will be in direct contact with the treating physicians. You can request a free quote or set a date for your bariatric consultation in Turkey.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Bariatric surgery can significantly aid in weight loss, but it is not a magic bullet. It is a tool to help individuals achieve their weight loss goals by changing their eating habits and overall lifestyle. Successful long-term results depend on a commitment to a balanced diet, exercise, and support from health care professionals.

    On average, patients can expect to lose 60-70% of their excess body weight within the first year after surgery. For example, a person with 100 pounds of excess weight can potentially lose 60-70 pounds. It is important to note that each patient's weight loss journey is unique and results may vary.

    Gastric bypass surgery has consistently shown to be the most effective in terms of weight loss and improvement in obesity-related health conditions. Studies have shown that gastric bypass surgery leads to substantial and sustainable weight loss, as well as improvements in comorbidities like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea.

    After bariatric surgery, it is important to give your body enough time to heal and adjust to the changes. In the first few weeks after surgery, your body needs to focus on healing and adjusting to the changes in your gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, it is generally recommended that you avoid strenuous physical activity for at least six to eight weeks after surgery.

    According to studies carried out by the High Authority of Health, bariatric surgery is not recommended for children under the age of 13, due to the complications that can be caused by it. It is recommended that bariatric surgery be performed only as a last resort and in critical cases.

    Bariatric surgery should be avoided for : 

    • People with bulimia and eating disorders
    • People who suffer from a mental illness
    • Drug addicts and alcoholics 

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