Sleeve Gastrectomy in Turkey

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Sleeve gastrectomy has been the most common weight loss surgery technique in medicine for years. Main purpose of this surgery is limiting the patient’s eating and drinking portion by reducing the size of the stomach. It also affects the hunger hormone called “ghrelin” and helps patients to not feel hungrier than usual.

If you would like to have a consultation about this procedure before you come to Istanbul. You can visit us at our London office  . If you aren’t able to come to our office, a video consultation can be done instead.

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What is a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

The Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Turkey (or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) is a surgical weight-loss procedure that removes 80% of the stomach and leaves a long, tube-shaped stomach about the size and shape of a banana. The reduced stomach volume leads to less food intake and less calories. However, the main effect is not restricting the food intake, but the change it creates on hormones regulating the hunger, fullness and blood glucose.

This type of surgery cannot be reversed because some of the stomach is permanently removed. Sleeve gastrectomy also requires a shorter hospital stay than most other procedures.


How is a Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Done?

Sleeve gastrectomy surgery is performed in a fully-equipped hospital with general anaesthesia in Turkey. Depending on the medical condition, most patients stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days after surgery.

Gastric sleeve surgery in Turkey usually takes a 1-2 hours. After the surgery, patient will be taken to a recovery room, where medical staff monitors you for any complications.


Who is a Candidate for Sleeve Gastrectomy?

In general, all weight loss procedures such as gastric sleeve procedure can be performed if the patient’s:

BMI is 40 or higher (extreme-severe obesity).

BMI is 35 to 39.9, and having serious weight-related health problems that can improve with weight loss. Some of these problems are sleep apnoea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.

Sleeve gastrectomy has most often done on patients who are too overweight to safely have other types of weight-loss surgery. Some patients may eventually need a second weight-loss surgery.

– How to Calculate Your BMI Index

Metric system: Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2: Weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. If height has been measured in centimetres, divide by 100 to convert this to meters.

Imperial: Formula: 703 x weight (lbs) / [height (in)]2: When using English measurements, pounds should be divided by inches squared. This should then be multiplied by 703 to convert from lbs/inches2 to kg/m2.


How to Get Ready for a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Our Clinic Center surgeon may ask patients to have a complete physical exam, blood tests, ultrasound of gallbladder and visits with other doctors before they have this surgery to make sure that the patients are healthy enough to have surgery. Patients have to visit their doctor if they have some medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or lung problems to make sure they are under control for having surgery. Also, if patients are smokers, they should stop several weeks before the surgery and not start smoking again after the procedure. Because smoking can slow down the recovery and increase the risks for complications.

Patient have to inform to medical staff about possibility of being pregnant and what medicines, vitamins, herbs, and other supplements are taking.


During a week before surgery: Your Clinic Center surgeon may require to stop taking some medicines that prevents blood clotting (blood thinner) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and others. (surgeon will inform about all forbidden medicines)

On the day of surgery: Patient have to follow instructions about when to stop eating and drinking before surgery time, and take pre-operation the drugs if surgeon required.

Right before the procedure: Before going to the operating room, patient will change into a surgical gown, surgeons and nurses may ask several questions. In the operating room, patient is given a general anaesthetic that keeps you asleep and comfortable during procedure before surgery begins.


What are the Risks of Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a major surgery that’s why it has many risks. Patients may discuss them with our Clinic Center surgeon for further information.

Risks for anaesthesia and surgical procedure in general are listed below;

  • Allergic reactions to anaesthesia or post-operation medicines
  • Excessive bleeding, blood clots, infection
  • Breathing or lung problems
  • Heart problems

Risks for sleeve gastrectomy procedure are listed below;

  • Gastritis (inflamed stomach lining), heartburn, or stomach ulcers, bowel obstruction, gallstones, hernias
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux
  • Stomach perforation, injury to the stomach, intestines, or other organs during surgery
  • Leaking from the cut edge of the stomach
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
  • Poor nutrition, although much less than with gastric bypass surgery
  • Dumping syndrome, causing diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting
  • Scarring inside your belly that could lead to a blockage in your bowel in the future
  • Vomiting

Very rarely, complications of gastric sleeve procedure can be fatal like all every major surgery.


Sleeve Gastrectomy Results in Turkey

The most important thing that any weight-loss surgery candidate should know is that weight loss is individual. The amount and speed of weight loss varies from person to person.

Sleeve gastrectomy in Turkey can provide long-term weight loss. Most people lose about 10 to 20 pounds (4.5 to 9 kilograms) a month in the first year after surgery. Weight loss will decrease over time if you stick to your diet and start to exercise you will lose more weight.

Patients should expect to lose weight at a slower, steadier rate. It may be possible to lose 60-70% or even more of excess weight within 1-1,5 years. But you must also be willing to make permanent changes to lead a healthier lifestyle. To lose weight and avoid complications from the procedure, patients have to follow the exercise and eating guidelines that Clinic Center surgeon and dietician have given them. Long-term studies shows that success rate of sleeve gastrectomy is up to 65-70%.


What to Expect After a Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?

You may experience changes as your body reacts to the rapid weight loss in the first three to six months after sleeve gastrectomy such as; body aches, feeling tired like if you have the flu, feeling cold, dry skin, hair thinning and hair loss, mood changes. These reactions will also disappear when your body tolerates the speed of your weight loss. You can always reach your Clinic Center medical consultant if you have any questions contact us.

Patient will stay at the hospital for 1-3 days. Your abdomen will probably feel sore and may be swollen, so you might receive medication to lessen your discomfort, and your vital signs which include your pulse, blood pressure and respiration will be monitored. You’ll be checked to make sure that you’re not experiencing any post-operation complications. Before being discharged, medical staff will provide you with detailed instructions on how to avoid complications, when you can resume certain activities and how your eating plan should change.


Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy in Turkey assisted by Clinic Center

As Clinic Center we provide you more than you might need during your surgery abroad. So that you can have the best sleeve gastrectomy procedure. We are in cooperation with the best sleeve gastrectomy surgeons in Turkey to make your experience In abroad perfect.

Sleeve gastrectomy in Turkey can make it much easier for you to move around and perform routine daily activities, which could help improve your quality of life with the help of Clinic Center.

In addition to weight loss procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy, the procedure may improve some of these conditions that often are related to being overweight such as; gastroesophageal reflux disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnoea, type 2 diabetes, sroke, infertility, asthma.


Sleeve Gastrectomy Cost in Turkey

After doing research for quite some time for sleeve gastrectomy, our patients have always said that the prices in Turkey are very affordable when they compare the prices in the US or the UK. However, lower prices never mean lower quality of service or doctor. Our prices are lower due to the prices of rent, taxes etc. being lower than other countries. So when our patients come for a surgery, they can either go on a small holiday afterwards to the southern part of Turkey, or do a tour of Istanbul and still what they pay is lower than what they would have paid in another country. They know they are going to be looked after by the best surgeons, and get good quality service. That is why Turkey has become very popular to have surgery. Doesn’t matter what it is for, every year thousands of people come for either health or cosmetic reasons and go back home happy with the service they received.


Sleeve Gastrectomy All Inclusive Package

  • Free physical consultation in London  , online & video consultations all over the world
  • Adjustable gastric band surgery carried out by the best plastic surgeons
  • Best price guarantee
  • 4 nights of accommodation at a 4-star hotel
  • 1-night hospital stay if surgeon required
  • VIP Transfer between the airport, hotel and hospital
  • International patient host
  • Special discount for group bookings
  • Preoperative tests
  • Consultation and Check up
  • Medical garment


Sleeve Gastrectomy Recovery and Aftercare

After procedure, the patient will have a special diet plan given by the doctor. The special diet plan has many restrictions or limits on how much and what the patient can eat and drink. After the procedure, patients diet begins with sugar-free, non carbonated liquids for the first seven days, then to pureed foods for three weeks, and finally to regular foods approximately four weeks after their surgery but meals should be small portions to avoid stretching the remaining stomach.

Patient will be required to take a multivitamin twice a day, a calcium supplement once a day, and a vitamin B-12 injection once a month for life.

Patient will probably be prescribed pain pills or liquids and a drug called a proton pump inhibitor.


All Inclusive Package


With this all-inclusive package, you have a trouble-free journey from your home to Turkey after having a successful butt lift. For your maximum comfort, Clinic Center will arrange everything you may need. Here are the details:

Internationally Certified Doctors

Clinic Center partner plastic surgeons are decided on after a close screening and hold the reputable EBOPRAS, ISAPS and ASAPS memberships. With our partner medical team you can be certain that you are in good hands and will achieve the best results.


A day after your surgery you will have your check-up and aftercare instructions for a successful healing process. We also provide regular follow-ups to make sure you have the best breast reduction results.

Special Group Discount

The more the merrier! You and your friend will benefit from a special discount in the case of bringing them along with you for breast reduction surgery.

Medical garments, support bra etc.

Clinic Center will provide you the necessary equipments to be used after breast reduction surgery.

Accomodation at a 4-star Hotel

Having a surgery whether it is small or big requires efficient resting for full recovery. For this reason Clinic Center will make sure you have one of the most comfortable stay till your departure by providing accomodation at a 4-star hotel in Turkey.

Airport transfers with VIP car

For a more convenient journey, from the moment you arrive to Turkey your private transfer will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel.

Fast Facts About Sleeve Gastrectomy

Procedure:Limits patient’s eating-drinking volume
Duration:1 to 2 hours
Stay:1-night hospital, 6 nights hotel
Anesthesia:General anaesthesia
Recovery:1-3 day to discharge, 1-2 weeks to back to work (depending on each patient’s medical condition)
What to bring:Comfortable clothes that are easy to slip on or off as needed, (Button-down or zipped shirt, flip-flops, slippers or socks with tread etc.)
Side Effect:Gastritis, heartburn, or stomach ulcers, bowel obstruction, gallstones, hernias, stomach perforation, injury to the stomach, intestines, or other organs during surgery, leaking from the line where parts of the stomach have been stitched, low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia), poor nutrition, dumping syndrome, causing diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, scarring inside your belly, vomiting, allergic reactions to anaesthesia or post-operation medicines, excessive bleeding, blood clots, infection, breathing or lung problems, heart problems
Exercise:After 6 to 8 weeks
Scars:Small incisions
Pain:Mid-level (depends on the patient)
Results:Discharge 1-3 days, patient should be able to move around without too much problem.
Combination of Surgeries:Excess skin removal surgery (panniculectomy), is very a common surgery for people who lost a lot of weight.

Intragastric Balloon FAQ

How long does gastric balloon procedure take?

The intragastric balloon in Turkey usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

Will I feel any pain?

The procedure is usually performed under sedation and there is no possibility of having pain during the procedure.

Will I need special care when I arrive home?

You should be able to function completely on your own after your discharge. A small number of patients with physical disabilities before surgery sometimes require extra assistance.

When can I go back to work after surgery?

After surgery, most patients return to work after 1 week.

When can I start exercising again after surgery?

You will start exercising even in the hospital with slow short walks. You can slowly start exercising after 2-4 weeks.

How long should I wait to get pregnant after surgery?

Seeking to achieve significant weight loss during these periods can threaten the growth of your baby, so intragastric balloons (and other weight loss therapies) should be avoided until after pregnancy is concluded. If you fall pregnant with a balloon in place, the balloon is removed when it is safe to do so, typically in the second trimester. Otherwise, there have been no known problems to the mother or the baby from the presence of a gastric balloon.

How do I know if I am successful with my weight loss? 

Success is not getting to your goal weight; it is getting to a “healthy” weight. If you have achieved a weight within approximately 40 pounds of your ideal body weight and maintain your weight, you are considered a success.

How will I know when to stop losing weight? 

Your body knows how much weight it needs to lose. As long as you stick to your nutrition and exercise program, your body will adjust to the weight loss and stabilize at its appropriate weight.

Is it possible to regain my weight after gastric balloon?

Remember, your gastric balloon is only a tool. It is not a cure for obesity. Snacking, drinking with meals, drinking caffeinated and carbonated beverages, not drinking enough water in between meals and not exercising are common behaviours that may cause you to regain your weight.

Does gastric balloon guarantee permanent weight loss?

No. A small percentage of patients will regain a substantial portion of the weight that is lost. This is happens usually when the patient does not follow the dietary guidelines in the months and years following the procedure.

What do I do about excess skin after weight loss? 

Most people can minimize excess skin by maintaining healthy nutrition, aerobic exercises and weight training. But if you need to have excess skin removed, we can help you to get a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Must I be in good health to qualify for the surgery?

No, many of potential weight loss surgery patients aren’t in good health. Because of illnesses generated by their obesity. These illnesses include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems, and kidney difficulties.

Will I need any preoperative tests?

Yes. To make sure the best possible outcome, your surgeon will administer specific blood tests, a chest x-ray, and an electrocardiogram (EKG) and more.

Will I need to take vitamins? 

There is no malabsorption with the gastric balloon and because of that you will not require the same types of supplements as gastric bypass patients. Usually, taking a daily multivitamin with minerals along with eating a balanced diet is sufficient for most patients. Women may sometimes require a calcium supplement as well.

How will the gastric balloon be removed?

Gastric balloon procedure is temporarily weight loss solution and completely reversible. The gastric balloon is removed through the mouth like same way as it placed. The procedure is done under sedation and is over quickly.

How long should the gastric balloon stay inside the stomach?

Intragastric balloon is a temporary procedure. This balloon can stay in place for six months. It is not recommended to leave it in the stomach longer than six months. If a longer period is desired, removal and insertion of a new unit is recommended.

Will the gastric balloon limit my activities?

The gastric balloon weight loss process is essentially an outpatient procedure done in about 20-30 minutes monitored by professional nursing staff in our recovery area. No surgical procedure is required. The first 2 to 4 days you should not plan any heavy activity. After your body has adapted to the gastric balloon, you can continue your normal activities. We are going to emphasize regular exercise plus steps to enhance your health and help you look your very best.

Will I be able to feel the balloon in my stomach?

Some discomfort during the first few days after the procedure is common. However this should dissipate if you follow the portion size recommendations provided by your doctor and dietitian. You may be able to feel the balloon when you palpate (gently press down) your stomach.

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. It is not advice on your specific needs and circumstances. It does not replace the need for you to have a thorough consultation, so you should get advice from a suitably qualified medical practitioner. Please bare in mind that as with all operations, there are risks involved in having cosmetic surgery.

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