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Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) Operation Details Istanbul Turkey

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5-7 Days
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Hospital Stay
3 Day
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Operation Duration
1-2 Hours
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general anesthesia
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Recovery Duration
15-20 Months
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Follow Up Visit
5-7th Day

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WARNING The duration of treatment and trecovery time after the treatment may vary from patients to patients. The above information includes estimated values prepared for patients from abroad.

What is Gastric Sleeve?

The gastric sleeve process is another way of performing bariatric surgery.  This process is basically about minimizing stomach size. For minimizing stomach, surgeons remove a part of your stomach and join together the remaining tissues of the stomach to create a new banana-sized stomach called a “sleeve”. With this process, surgeons can make your stomach about 10 times smaller than your former stomach size. Therefore, with your new smaller stomach, you will quickly reach fullness. So, you can lose weight easily.

Losing weight also helps you become more active than before. As you lose weight after the surgery, you will be able to do your daily exercises and sports more easily. So being active will maintain you lose weight and you will reach the weight you wish faster than you think. That’s why many overweight people choose gastric sleeves every year.

Gastric sleeve surgery may help you prevent obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Because you will satiate faster than ever with less food than you used to eat. So, it means that you will eat fewer carbohydrates and fat. Carbohydrates and fat are the main responsible compounds for obesity-related health conditions. Eating fewer carbohydrates and fat may lead you to maintain a healthy diet. That’s why the surgery may prevent you from obesity-related health conditions.

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How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?

Firstly, your surgeon and consultants will decide which surgery will be performed. Some gastric sleeve surgery was done with a large open incision. But typically, the surgery is done with laparoscopic surgery. In Laparoscopic surgery, they insert some small instruments, one of them called a laparoscope, through a few small incisions. The small incisions are made in the upper part of the abdomen. 

After they decide the way, the surgeon creates a smaller stomach tube or sleeve by stapling the stomach. The large and curved part of the stomach designated by stapling is removed from the body. With this removed part, your stomach becomes smaller than ever before. Thus, your appetite will decrease and you will feel satiated quickly.

The surgery usually takes one or two hours. When the surgery is over, the patient will be monitored by medical staff for any complications. The postoperative recovery period is also very important. During the recovery period, vital functions should be constantly monitored. Therefore, it is recommended that the patient stays in the hospital for 1 to 3 days after the operation. 

Most patients are discharged from the hospital after 3 days. After the patient is discharged, the recovery process continues at home. It takes 2-3 weeks for the surgical incisions to heal, and 6-8 weeks for the stomach to heal. Therefore, the patient should not exert himself/herself physically until the healing process is completed. Most of the patients can return to their daily work 1 month after the operation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Gastric Sleeve?

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Not all overweight people are good candidates for gastric sleeve surgery. Before the surgery, you must meet some criteria. The first criterion is your BMI (Body Mass Index); if you have a higher than 40 BMI then you are a good candidate for the surgery. Also, researchers suggest that those with 35 or higher BMI and who have obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or obstructive sleep apnea are good candidates for the surgery too.

And of course, the surgery doesn’t apply at any age. Patients have to be between the ages of 18 and 65 Because between those ages the body has good blood flow and recovery after surgery occurs faster. Good blood flow means every cell in the body, in this case especially epithelial and connective tissue cells in the stomach and gastroduodenal ligament, is feeding well if you are healthy. And wounds heal faster when cells are feeding well. Therefore, if you are healthy and young, the wounds that remained from the surgery will heal quickly.

Weight reduction by Obesity Surgery in Turkey

Turkey is often preferred for weight-loss surgeries. Because surgeons in Turkey are more experienced and the success rate of surgeries is higher than in other European countries. In 2018, the number of patients undergoing bariatric surgery in Turkey was announced as 9,000. More than half of these patients come from abroad.

One of the reasons why Turkey is highly preferred for weight loss surgeries is the surgery packages created by hospitals or clinics. These packages include services such as accommodation, transportation, transfer, and post-operative care along with the surgery fees. In this way, you will both plan all the time you will spend in Turkey and get all the services cheaper.

On the other hand, Turkish cuisine is very suitable for your post-operative diet. You should eat less and make healthier choices after surgery. There are plenty of vegetables in Turkish cuisine with the influences of Mediterranean cuisine. You can easily maintain your post-operative form with healthy choices.

How many pounds can be lost with the gastric sleeve?

How much weight is lost with sleeve gastrectomy surgery is one of the most frequently asked questions by patients. However, there is no clear answer to this question. Many factors affect how much weight will be lost after surgery. These factors can be listed as the patient’s diet, exercise level, lifestyle, and changing old habits.

According to the report published by the Obesity Action Coalition in 2012, an average patient who makes diet and lifestyle changes after surgery can lose 60% of his body weight. However, how much weight the patient will lose depends on his/her height and preoperative weight. The further the patient’s weight is from his/her ideal weight, the greater the expected weight loss.

Most patients lose 30 pounds (13.6 kg) within the first month. For the next 3 months, they lose more than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) per month. At the end of the 6th month, the patient can lose 50 percent of his total weight. After 12 months of the surgery, a patient may lose 60-70 percent of his/her body weight.

Why Do People Go to Turkey for Gastric Sleeve?

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Turkey is one of the leading countries in health tourism. That’s because surgeons and doctors in Turkey have a lot of experience with surgeries that they make. On the other hand, statistically, more postoperative complications were seen in surgeries such as gastric sleeve surgery performed in Europe. Therefore, Turkey was the first choice for more than 700.000 visitors in 2017 in health tourism, according to Istanbul International Health Tourism Association. Nowadays, the number of visitors has reached 1. 700.000 annually according to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism

The success of surgeries is not the only reason why visitors come to Turkey. One of the reasons why is the price of the surgeries. Besides success, Turkey is cheaper than many countries in Europe. For example, a gastric sleeve surgery costs around 3500 euros in Turkey, while the same operation costs 14.000 euros in the United Kingdom. This means that you can spend more money and travel around Turkey without exceeding your surgery budget. Turkey has a lot of places to visit such as national parks, historical artefacts, and castles. Visitors prefer this place because there are many places to see in Turkey before or after the surgery.

Turkey also has a lot of different accommodation options. One of the options is thermal resources. Turkey’s best spa hotels also offer you a unique thermal hotel experience. Due to its geological location, Turkey is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of thermal water resources. It is possible to find hot springs in all regions of Turkey, especially in the Central Anatolia, Aegean, and Marmara regions. These hot springs also have medicinal properties due to the minerals they contain. You can both stay and enjoy these healing waters in the thermal hotels built on hot water springs.

Although summer holidays with sun, sand, and sea will come to mind when it comes to holidays, winter holidays are also one of the holiday options. Turkey is one of the most preferred locations for a winter holiday. You can experience many winter sports such as skiing in winter tourism centres such as Uludağ, Kartalkaya, and Palandoken.

Why You Should Perform Gastric Sleeve in Istanbul Turkey?

First of all, Istanbul is the most developed city in Turkey. This development also manifests itself in the health sector. Istanbul has many hospitals and clinics equipped with world-class equipment. Therefore, hospitals and clinics are prepared for all kinds of complications that may occur in sleeve gastrectomy surgeries. In other words, Istanbul is one of the safest locations for gastric sleeve surgery.

Istanbul offers many opportunities to its visitors before and after the surgery. You can take a boat tour on the Bosphorus or visit the cultural heritage of Istanbul. If you wish, you can enjoy Istanbul by staying in luxurious 5-star hotels with Bosphorus views.

Another advantage of Istanbul is its advanced transportation facilities. With these means of transportation, you can go to any part of Turkey you want. It is also very easy to reach Istanbul from abroad through international airports.


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