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Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity and Weight Loss

Weight loss can be a life-changing process.

Obesity is not just a cosmetic issue but a complex medical condition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. It is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory problems, and even some types of cancer. Excessive body weight is measured through a simple index called Body mass index (BMI). It is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2). A BMI of 25 or higher is considered overweight, and over 30 is obesity.

If you struggle with excessive weight through diet and exercise without success, you may consider bariatric surgery options.

What is Obesity Surgery?

Weight loss surgery, also called obesity surgery or bariatric surgery, can help to achieve significant weight loss and resolve obesity-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or hypertension. There are various surgical options based on restricting the amount of food you can consume or reducing the ability to absorb nutrients, or a combination of both. Surgery for weight loss can be a life-saving option for people with severe obesity, but at the same time it is a major procedure that poses certain risks and side effects. At Acibadem, we perform an extensive evaluation with a multidisciplinary team of experts before initiating a bariatric surgery, to ensure that each patient receives the medical procedure that is right for him.

Over the past decade, weight loss surgery has been continuously refined to improve results and reduce risks. Since obesity is associated with a higher risk of complications during surgery, Acibadem patients can benefit from the robotic surgery option. The procedure is performed with the “da Vinci” robotic system which is called ‘robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery’. Surgical interventions with robotic surgery on obese patients reduce the blood loss, risk of infection, scars and recovery times.

Nowadays, there are various options for bariatric surgery. The most preferred weight-loss surgeries today are Gastric Balloon, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass.

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Gastric Balloon

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  • Non-surgical procedure
  • Performed endoscopically
  • Expandable silicone balloon placed in the stomach to reduce its volume.
  • The balloon is inserted via a gastroscope (camera) that enters through the mouth, using a minimally invasive procedure.
  • 1-night hospital stay
  • The gastric balloon needs to be removed 6 to 12 months later.
  • The Gastric balloon is appropriate for patients with BMI of 30 to 40. It is also effective in helping obese patients lose some of their weight and reduce surgical risks before obesity surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

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  • It is a surgical procedure that is performed as laparoscopic or robotic sleeve gastrectomy
  • About 70% to 80% of the stomach is removed and leaves the stomach like a shape of a banana.
  • Removal is permanent and irreversible.
  • 3-day hospital stay
  • Rapid weight loss and health improvement without affecting food absorption.
  • It is appropriate for patients with BMI above 40; it may also be applied to patients with a BMI between 30 and 40 with serious obesity-related health issues

Gastric Bypass

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  • It is a surgical procedure for weight loss.
  • It involves creating a small pouch from the stomach (of approximately 30-50 cc) and connecting it directly to the small intestine.
  • Performed laparoscopically.
  • Gastric bypass can be an appropriate option for patients with BMI above 40, as well as some patients with a BMI between 35 and 40 with serious obesity-related health issues.

Why to have a bariatric surgery ?

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After obesity surgery, you can expect to experience some health benefits, such as:
Permanent loss of weight, in case that recommended lifestyle changes are observed;
Regulated blood pressure. 70% of patients stop using blood pressure medication;
Improved cholesterol levels. 80% of patients experience a drop in cholesterol levels;
Lower blood sugar. Most type II diabetes patients stop using medication;
Reduced risk of cardiac disease due to decreased workload of the heart;
Asthma attacks can stop or be significantly reduced;
Respiratory problems improve within a few months;
Obesity-related sleep disorders like sleep apnea are reduced or solved.

Gastric balloon
(1 day hospitalization)

  • Day 1: The endoscopic procedure takes 20-30 minutes, followed by 3-4 hours of surveillance. Hospital stay.
  • Day 2: Discharge
  • Day 3, 4: Control

3-day stay in Turkey is usually enough. Aftercare: Dietary and lifestyle recommendations must be followed.

Sleeve Gastrectomy
(3 day hospitalization)

  • Day 1: Arrival in Turkey, pre-op tests
  • Day 2: 2-3 hours surgery time.
  • Day 3, 4: Hospitalization period.
  • Day 5-11: Control.
Usually 7 days after discharge you can depart back to home. Aftercare: Dietary and lifestyle recommendations must be followed

Gastric Bypass

  • Day 1: Arrival in Turkey, pre-op tests
  • Day 2: 3-5 hours surgery time.
  • Day 3-6: Hospitalization period.
  • Day 7-13: Control.
Usually 7 days after discharge you can depart back to home. Aftercare: Dietary and lifestyle recommendations must be followed

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Health Point Offices

International patients will be welcomed at our offices in airports and enjoy free wifi and famous Turkish tea while Acıbadem transfer vehicle is being prepared for them. Acıbadem Health Point team inform all our patients at the office about their journey in country and guides them about the process. Acıbadem is the only healthcare provider in Turkey that has welcome desks at both airports of Istanbul.
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Transportation

Transportation

A representative of Acibadem will meet you at the airport upon your arrival and accompany you throughout all your medical transfers.
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Translation

Translation

At Acıbadem Healthcare Group, we provide translation / interpretation services offering assistance in 20 languages.

Accomodation

Accomodation

Acıbadem International Patient Center has negotiated discounted rates with a lot of hotels in the heart of the city.

Advantages

After obesity surgery, you can expect to experience some health benefits, such as:

  • Permanent loss of weight, in case that recommended lifestyle changes are observed;
  • Regulated blood pressure. 70% of patients stop using blood pressure medication;
  • Improved cholesterol levels. 80% of patients experience a drop in cholesterol levels;
  • Lower blood sugar. Most type II diabetes patients stop using medication;
  • Reduced risk of cardiac disease due to decreased workload of the heart;
  • Asthma attacks can stop or be significantly reduced;
  • Respiratory problems improve within a few months;
  • Obesity-related sleep disorders like sleep apnea are reduced or solved.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

People with BMI (body mass index) 40 or higher (morbid obesity patients)

People with BMI between 35 and 40 who also suffer from diseases that affect the quality of life and life expectancy due to excessive weight, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, abnormal cholesterol, etc.

In some cases, people with a BMI between 30 and 34 with severe weight-related health problems.

Surgery can be suggested to obese patients who cannot lose weight with conventional methods, such as exercise and diet, including medically supervised dieting. At Acibadem, each patient undergoes detailed clinical evaluation before bariatric surgery and all treatment options are discussed in detail.

It depends on many factors, such as your age, BMI, general health status and desired outcome. There are various types of bariatric surgery and if you prefer a certain type, your wish will be taken into consideration, but the final decision is made by specialists after many evaluations. You can discuss any type of weight-loss surgery in detail with your physician to choose the best option for your case.

There is no universal answer. The effectiveness of weight loss surgery depends on the type of procedure and, most of all, on your motivation to adopt a healthy diet and exercise regularly. On average, you can expect to lose 40% of your excess weight within 6 months and 75 to 90% of it within 2 years.

Bariatric surgery provides excellent long-term results but its success depends on your motivation and willingness to make permanent changes in your lifestyle. You may regain some of the lost weight unless you follow strictly the guidelines for a healthy diet and exercise.

Surgical procedures come with some risks. In obesity surgery they might involve the operation itself, the postoperative complications and some long-term nutritional problems. However, when compared to the negatives of living with obesity, the risks look reasonable. Choose your trusted hospital and physician with safety on your mind and remember that in surgery volume matters: experienced surgeons achieve better outcomes with fewer complications.

After your surgery, you’ll be given a detailed dietary plan to follow. In general, you will be on liquid diet first few days; pureed food first few weeks, and soft food for another couple of weeks before returning to a regular healthy diet. It is important to eat balanced meals with restricted portions, four to six times a day, and this is a lifetime recommendation for obesity surgery patients.

Every patient is different and recovery time varies. However, most patients return to their daily activities, including work, in 1-4 weeks, depending on the type of procedure. After bariatric surgery, you should avoid lifting and activities that might affect the abdominal region until your doctor allows it.

Female patients who intend to have children in the short term should discuss this issue with their doctor before the operation. Getting pregnant within 24 months of obesity surgery is not recommended.

Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure but a complex surgical intervention. Obesity is often accompanied by cardiac, respiratory and other health conditions that require a comprehensive approach by a multidisciplinary team in a full-service hospital. Acibadem is a world recognized brand and a leading provider of A-class medical services in Turkey. Our experienced surgeons apply the latest laparoscopic techniques in bariatric surgery, as well as robotic surgery for your best comfort and speedy recovery. Your weight loss process will be supported by a team of specialists in endocrinology, nutrition and physiotherapy.

If you are ready to start your weight loss surgery journey with Acibadem Turkey, contact us now!

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