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Gastric Bypass / Mini Gastic Bypass Surgery in Poland-Bypass Abroad all you need to know- price, reviews, before and after, FAQ

Updated September 8, 2020

measuring belly before gastric bypass abroad

Studies have shown that life expectancy of a man in his 20s is 13 years shorter if his BMI (body mass index) is higher than 45. Gastric Bypass (or Mini Gastic Bypass) is one of the most popular weight loss surgeries, this type of surgery is for you if you have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more. During the gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon will shrink the size of your stomach and will rearrange the intestines in order to change the way your digestive system absorbs food. As a result, you feel full sooner after eating and eat less.

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Gastric Bypass definition:

Gastric Bypass is the most popular type of weight loss surgeries. The surgery is done on people who suffer from obesity. During your surgery, a surgeon disconnects your stomach into lower and upper parts. The upper part of the stomach will form a much smaller new stomach, which will be connected to the intestine. Gastric bypass surgery abroad helps people lose weight thanks to a significant reduction in the stomach size and rearrangement of the intestines.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass (or Mini Gastric Bypass) surgery in Poland:

  • Helps to control  blood sugar levels
  • Remission of type 2 diabetes  
  • Resolves sleep apnea
  • Improves high cholesterol
  • Resolves blood pressure
  • Improves hyperlipidemia
  • Reduce the risks of having cardiovascular disease

Gastric Bypass candidates

A candidate for the gastric bypass surgery abroad is the person whose BMI equals or exceeds 40, who is psychologically stable and have realistic expectations. However, if your BMI is lower than 40, yet you suffer from obesity-related problems, you also may be qualified for gastric bypass surgery. During the consultation, the doctor may also ask you for a documented failure of nonsurgical weight-loss programs and absence of uncontrolled psychotic or depressive disorder.

Before the Gastric Bypass surgery abroad:

You need to start eating slowly, without hurry and carefully watch the sizes of your portions, and not to drink anything with meals. Make a list of things you need to do at home and at work before the surgery and the list of things you need to buy to the hospital. Ask someone to take care of you a week after the surgery. You must stop smoking or drinking alcohol at least 2 weeks before the date of your surgery in Poland.  

Required medical tests:

  • abdominal ultrasound,
  • Cardiac catheterization,
  • blood count (CBC),
  • blood urea nitrogen (BUN), cortisol, creatinine, electrolytes, prolactin and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH),
  • Colonoscopy Echocardiogram Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy,
  • Chest X-ray,
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Mammogram,
  • Pelvic ultrasound,
  • Pap smear,

How Gastric Bypass is done:

The surgery can be performed either laparoscopically or as open surgery. During gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon will make a smaller stomach and will connect it to the last part of the small intestine. As a result, your stomach is smaller so you cannot eat as much food as you did before.

Stay in the clinic: 2-3 days

Minimal stay for Gastric Bypass in Poland: 2 weeks

Back to work: 2 weeks

Gastric Bypass procedure:

Gastric Bypass surgery

Length of Gastric Bypass procedure: 1-2 hours

Type of anaesthesia: general anaesthesia

After the Gastric Bypass surgery:

The amount of food you eat will be reduced and your body will not be able to absorb enough vitamins after the gastric bypass surgery. The doctor will prescribe you B12 vitamin and multivitamin. Also, you should drink at least 1.5-2 litres of water each day.  You cannot eat anything high in sugar and fat or drink alcohol and carbonated drinks. Before the surgery, your doctor will instruct you with what you can and cannot do after the gastric bypass surgery.

Recovery after Gastric Bypass

slim buttocks after weight loss surgeryThe surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and after they wake up they usually have a drip in the arm to supply liquids to the body and also a urinary catheter to drain urine from the bladder. Usually, patients are required to stay one day in the hospital yet the stay may last longer in order to be sure that there are no complications due to the surgery. The tubes will be removed as soon as a patient can get out of bed without any help and also blood-thinning drugs and compression garments can be introduced to avoid blood clots. When they are discharged from the hospital, patients are required to follow the strict liquid diet and after some time getting accustomed to solid food so that the stomach may have a chance to heal properly.

Generally, three to five weeks following the surgery, a patient may come back to daily routines. Many of them may see considerable changes in their digestive system and movements of the bowel which is a common phenomenon. Nevertheless, they need to be aware of the side effects connected with the surgery discussed with the surgeon. Moreover, a patient is obliged to attend follow -up visits during which the healing process is analyzed. Also, as the gastric bypass makes food bypass the part of the intestine where minerals and vitamins are used up, patients may require to take supplements.

Gastric Bypass results:

Gastric Bypass surgery abroad is not a quick fix. It is a long way, you need to understand that you have the greatest influence on the final results. You need to change your eating habits and follow all the instructions of your doctor. Weight loss after gastric bypass will take between 1 and 5 years. After gastric bypass surgery abroad (or mini gastric bypass aborad) a great number of patients lose from 60 to 80% of excess body weight.

Gastric Bypass risks and complications

When it comes to the most noticeable side effects after gastric bypass they are as follow bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal tract haemorrhage and stomal stenosis. Nevertheless, the percentage of their occurrence is considerable low- about 10 %- and it is strictly related to the surgeon’s experience. In other words, surgeries performed by highly specialized and experienced surgeons are less probably cause side effects.

Diet after Gastric Bypass surgery

Those who underwent gastric bypass surgery (also known as a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) are obliged to follow a strict diet in order to come back to health quickly and change eating habits into proper ones. You also need to discuss all the details with your surgeon or registered dietician about the diet after the gastric surgery where you will discuss what types of food is permitted and how much you can eat during each meal. If you follow the diet strictly, you will lose weight without any problems and safely.

What is the gastric bypass surgery and what is the purpose of a gastric diet?

  • permitting your stomach to heal properly ( without the risk of it being stretched out by the amount of consumed food)
  • having the habit of consuming a smaller amount of food so that your stomach has time to digest
  • losing weight and avoiding further regain
  • avoiding complications following the surgery

Diet after gastric sleeve – details

Diet after gastric bypass surgery varies as each case is different and varies across patients. Typically, gastric bypass diet is divided into several stages in order for a patient to get accustomed to solid foods. The amount of time required to reach another stage depends on the ability of your body to heal and accustomed to changes in eating habits. Generally, it is possible for you to consume regular food three months after the surgery.

During each stage you need to follow these recommendations:

  • in order to avoid dehydration drink 64 ounces of fluid
  • drink liquids between ( at least 30 minutes before or after ) meals not during them
  • eat and drink slowly in order to avoid dumping syndrome which usually takes place when foods and liquids get
  • into your small intestine quickly and in large amounts than usually contributing to nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating or diarrhoea.
  • consume lean food with proteins each day
  • avoid food and drinks high in fats and sugar
  • do not drink alcohol
  • avoid caffeine as it causes dehydration
  • chew food properly, even into a pureed consistency before swallowing after you progress from liquids only

Liquids

During the very first days after the surgery, you are only allowed to drink clear liquids. After this stage you can begin to drink other liquids, for example:

  • Broth
  • Unsweetened juice
  • Decaffeinated tea or coffee
  • Milk (skim or 1 per cent)
  • Sugar-free gelatin or popsicles

Pureed foods

Usually, after a week of consuming liquids, you can begin to eat strained and pureed foods. This type of food should be a paste type or thick liquid with no solid pieces of food in it. It is recommended to eat three to six small meals per day and each meal should be of 4 to 6 tablespoons size. Also, it is recommended to eat slowly ( at least devote 30 minutes for each meal)

Selection of puree foods

  • Lean ground meat, poultry or fish
  • Cottage cheese
  • Soft scrambled eggs
  • Cooked cereal
  • Soft fruits and cooked vegetables
  • Strained cream soups

Blend solid foods with a liquid, such as:

  • Water
  • Skim milk
  • Juice with no sugar added
  • Broth
  • Soft foods

When you finally finish this step with pureed food and after the consultation with your surgeon, you can include soft foods into your diet. They should be small and easy to chew. It is recommended to eat from three to five meals a day and the size of each should be of one third to one-half cup of food. Make sure that each bite is chewed properly till the consistency of pureed food before swallowing.

Soft foods include:

  • Ground lean meat or poultry
  • Flaked fish
  • Eggs
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cooked or dried cereal
  • Rice
  • Canned or soft fresh fruit, without seeds or skin
  • Cooked vegetables, without skin

Solid foods

Eight weeks after the surgery you can slowly include firmer foods. You can begin with three meals per day with each consisting of 1 to 1-⅕ cups of food. It is vital for you to stop eating before you feel that you are completely full.
The amount of solid food which you are able to take depends on the numbers of meals and amount of food at each of them, therefore, the best option for you would be consulting all the details with your dietician.
You should incorporate new types of food one at a time as some types of food may cause pain, nausea or vomiting after the gastric bypass procedure.

The problematic types of food may be:

  • Bread
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Raw vegetables
  • Cooked fibrous vegetables, such as celery, broccoli, corn or cabbage
  • Tough meats or meats with gristle
  • Red meat
  • Fried foods
  • Highly seasoned or spicy foods
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Popcorn
  • However, after some period of time, you can start to include these foods into your diet, yet you should consult it with your dietician.

Medications after gastric bypass

Usually, most of the medications may be absorbed after the gastric bypass procedure yet some drugs like time-release medications, need close monitoring especially for those patients who underwent gastric bypass. The gastric bypass is a type of weight loss procedure which is responsible for lowering the food intake at one time and reducing the absorption of nutrients from food. In most cases after a gastric bypass which is also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the upper part of the stomach is enclosed from the rest of the stomach which creates a pouch of the size of a walnut. The newly created pouch ( where the gastric bypass is placed) may only contain about 1 ounce of food rather than 3 pints which are the normal amount of food a regular stomach may hold. After that, the small intestine is intestine is divided and then sewn into the small remaining pouch. The remaining part of the stomach and the first 3 feet of the small intestine, in which the majority of nutrient absorption happens, are bypassed therefore food is transferred from the small stomach into the midsection of the small intestine.

Regardless of the alterations to the stomach and intestine, a vast number of pills after gastric bypass are absorbed in those who underwent gastric bypass procedure, including pain medications. In some cases, drug absorption may cause concern. When it comes to time-release medications which are also known as controlled-release medications, the issue affects the way the medicine is absorbed in the stomach and released into the body.

Along with controlled-release medications, instead of receiving various fills during the day, you will have only one or two pills each day which gradually releases medicine. The controlled-release medicine has a few various methods for leaking the drug they have. After the surgery, limited acidity or alteration in the enzyme concentration in the intestine may dramatically change the way the medication is released which in turn may keep the drug from reaching the bloodstream.
Some antidepressant drugs can be influenced by the gastric bypass procedure. After the surgery, some patients may require their dose of antidepressant medication to be modified or different types of antidepressants should be introduced.

Additionally, drugs responsible for heartbeat regulation and prevention from an irregular heartbeat, which are called anti-arrhythmic medications, should be closely monitored in those patients who underwent gastric bypass due to the fact that their absorption may alter after the surgery. This also applies to patients who have had an organ transplant like kidney, liver or hair transplant and are on immunosuppressive drugs to keep their bodies from rejecting the new organ. The number of medications received on a daily basis should be monitored closely. If you notice that medications you take do not work they way the should consult it with your doctor. You should take a list of all medications you take and the dosage so that you can examine it. All in all, in most of the cases, a change in medications is all that will be required.

Gastric Bypass long-term results

Long-term complications after gastric bypass are rare as about 15% experience them. Nevertheless, potential side effects may be obstruction, dumping syndrome that results in diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, the development of gallstones or hernias, low blood sugar also known as hypoglycemia, malnutrition more common when patients don’t take supplementary vitamins and minerals, iron or calcium deficiencies, stomach perforation, ulcers, vomiting, and staple-line failure in the pouch.

Additionally, weight loss may be really low yet it is connected with diet and exercise habits. In order to avoid gastric bypass side effects, it is vital to get accustomed to all the limitations before the surgery and follow the dietician and surgeon advice.

Gastric Bypass abroad

slim girl after gastric bypassIf you are considering gastric bypass for weight loss and you want to have gastric bypass done safely, you need definitely consider Poland as one of the destinations. With highly experienced surgeons and newly equipped hospital, your stay in Poland will be comfortable. If you would like to know more information about the procedure, and why gastric bypass may be a good solution for you, do not hesitate but contact – our customer advisor will be glad to help you with.

Gastric Bypass – price comparison – check the prices all over the world

Considering weight loss surgery abroad, the cost may be a vital factor when choosing a clinic. If you are more aware of the costs involved in bariatric surgeries, you are in a better position.

Apart from the most obvious positive results of bariatric surgeries which are decreasing the risk of certain conditions, bariatric surgeries also help with coping with obesity-related issues. Moreover, insurance companies started to cover the cost of this type of procedures. However, the costs depend on the location of a clinic. During the process of choosing the best clinic and a surgeon, the price should not be of primary concern. There are three most commonly performed bariatric surgeries, namely gastric banding, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass 9or mini gastric bypass). The last one is the most expensive. However, duodenal switch procedure and other revision surgeries are generally the most expensive of all bariatric surgeries.

The survey from 2015 exhibited that the average price of gastric bypass abroad surgery dwindles up to $800 in comparison to 2014.

The prices across the country vary from $ 15 000 to $ 35 000, however, the most quoted price is $ 23 000. The average price of gastric bypass is $ 25 570.

Additional costs after the Gastric Bypass procedure

The surgery is only one of the components associated with the price of a gastric bypass (or mini gastric bypass). After the surgery, you will be in contact with a nutritionist and it may cost you from $ 50 to $ 100 and also there are additional follow-up visits whose prices differ. Also, there is a possibility that there will be medical complications which may be treated with more or less costly methods. Following new habits and adopting new behavioural changes also involve costs of a gym, healthy food and new clothing.

Gastric Bypass’ costs compared to not having the surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is not easy and cheap, therefore patients need to take into account the costs connected with other treatments or not to take any actions towards weight loss. Obesity is a costly disease and patients may even spend up to $ 1 566 a year only on medicines, however, morbidly obese patients may spend on average $2 845 in comparison to those who maintain a healthy weight. Apart from that, additional costs are connected to excess weight which also increases health costs. Taking first steps early may contribute to avoiding potential costs in the long run and also preventing other conditions.

Gastric Bypass cost in Europe

We have gathered information regarding Gastric Bypass surgery from Medigo, Treatment Abroad and Realself and on the basis of these findings, we have prepared a comparison between the prices of Gastric Bypass in Europe.

Gastric Bypass Poland prices

Affordable Gastric Bypass in Poland

If you consider weight loss surgery, EMC is one of the best options. Bariatric department in this clinic was established by dr Mulek in 2002. In EMC doctors perform minimally invasive diagnostic and operational methods. Dr Mulek has 16 years of experience and improved his skills working with dr Khalil El Mohtar – a trustworthy and experienced surgeon

The price of gastric bypass in this clinic is about $ 6425 and it includes:

  • surgery
  • anaesthesia
  • stay in the hospital with full medical care
  • all medical tests and medications received in the clinic
  • consultations with the doctors: surgeon, dietician and psychologist
  • post-surgery check-ups
  • stay in a hotel in Wrocław for 2 days
  • airport transfers
  • all taxi transports between the clinic and hotel in Wrocław

There is another great clinic in Poland (in  Jelenia Gora near to Wroclaw) called KCM. Their experience and quality of patient care are recognized by insurance company BUPA and Allianz and they are their centre of excellence in Poland.

Every 6 months the clinic has „latest laparoscopic & endoscopic techniques in bariatric treatment” conference where Dr Kowalski and his Team together with the chosen specialist from around the world perform live demonstrations to educate other surgeons on new and more effective methods in all aspects of bariatric treatment.

The price of gastric bypass is $ 7 100 and includes:

  • a complete all incl. 5 days weight loss treatment package that includes:
  • 3D Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • comprehensive pre-diagnostic
  • accommodation at KCM partner hotel – 4-star Palace on the Water Hotel
  • transportation to and from the hospital from Wroclaw Airport (direct flights from most UK airports with Ryanair or Wizzair)
  • personal host dedicated to your weight loss program
  • personalized 7 weeks diet plan and a 5 years support package
  • support to find the best flight solution

Gastric Bypass in Lithuania

Regarding the prices of Gastric Bypass in Lithuania, it is about $ 7 000. In comparison to prices in the UK or Ireland, it is much cheaper (about $ 13000 in the UK and $ 11 500 in Ireland).
In one of the clinic in Lithuania called Kardiolita, the price of Gastric Bypass is about $ 7000 and it includes:

  • consultation
  • necessary health tests
  • bariatric surgery
  • anaesthesia
  • hospitalisation
  • FREE flights & hotel stay (4 nights)
  • 24/7 personal assistance during your stay
  • transfers to/from the airport, hotel and clinic
  • 10% discount for plastic surgery later (if needed)
  • FREE dietician’s follow-up for 5 years

Below you may find a testimonial from a patient who underwent the procedure in Kardiolita.

“I would like to sincerely thank the surgeons for the surgery, and most importantly, for the result – my son’s health. This might sound trivial, but because of the professor, and his team, my son is able to play football today. Thank you!

I would also like to thank all the staff for the warm, homey atmosphere, dedicated care and comfort. A year has passed, and we have missed you. Also a big thanks to our sponsors.”

Anna, Ukraine

Gastric Bypass in Turkey

You may also have a Gastric Bypass surgery performed in one of the clinics in Turkey. According to Medigo the prices of Gastric Bypass in Istanbul varies greatly. For example, the price of the surgery in Clinic Hub starts from $ 5800 and at Medipol Mega University Hospital starts from $ 12 200.
Also, according to research performed by Helth Tourism, the price of extensive gastric bypass (Biliopancreatic Diversion) in Istanbul starts from $ 7 000 to $ 27 000. When it comes to Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass the price starts from $ 18 000 to $ 22 500.

Gastric Bypass in the UK

Gastric Bypass prices usually are between $12 000 and $ 19,000 throughout the UK. For example, Ramsay Health Care Weight Loss Surgery charges from $ 12 395, Tonic Weight Loss Surgery Harley Street charges for Gastric Bypass from $ 8 300 to $ 15 200 and Belgium Surgery Services in London from $ 7 700 to $ 8 350.

 

Below you can chceck the comparison of average prices in Europe:

Country

Average price for sleeve gastrectomy

Estonia

6 200 USD

Poland

6 500 USD

Greece

7 000 USD

Lithuania

7 000 USD

Turkey

8 000 USD

Spain

13 700 USD

Italy

15 000 USD

The UK

15 500 USD

Gastric Bypass in Asia

When it comes to Gastric Bypass in Asia this type of procedure is the most expensive in Israel (about $ 24 000). After Israel, countries like Singapore ($ 13 700) and Thailand ($ 16 800) are on the second and third place. Less expensive Gastric Bypass appear to be in South Korea ($ 10 900), and Malaysia ($ 9 900). If you are looking for a cheap option of Gastric Bypass, can definitely find in Jordan ($ 7 500) and India ($ 7 000).

Country

Average price for sleeve gastrectomy

India

7 000 USD

Jordan

7 500 USD

Malaysia

9 900 USD

South Korea

10 900 USD

Singapore

13 700 USD

Thailand

16 800 USD

Israel

24 000 USD

Gastric Bypass in Americas

The average price of a Gastric Bypass in the USA is $25 000. Therefore, most of the patients choose to undergo the Gastric Bypass in Mexico where the price is significantly lower ($ 11 500). Just to compare, the price of Gastric Bypass in Costa Rica is $ 12 900 and in Colombia $12 200.

Country

Average price for sleeve gastrectomy

Mexico

11 500 USD

Colombia

12 200 USD

Costa Rica

12 900 USD

the USA

25 000 USD

Gastric Bypass in the USA

The price of Gastric Bypass varies across the states and also it depends on the method of payment, region, surgeon’s practice and the location of a hospital.

The most commonly offered payment methods are private insurance, Small Group coverage through an employer (no more than 50 full-time employees) and Large Group through an employer (more than 50 full-time employees), also public insurance and self-pay. Those without insurance have to pay for themselves. On average, the cost of Gastric Bypass surgery without insurance is $ 24 000, however it may range from $ 15 000 (Arkansas) to $ 57 000 ( Alaska).

The lowest prices for Gastric Bypass in the USA may be found in Oklahoma ($ 16 900) Utah ($ 20 580) Nevada ($ 19 600) or Florida ($ 18 690) More expensive are South Dakota ($ 23 585) Kentucky ($ 25 000) South and North Carolina ($ 25 000). One of the highest prices of Gastric Bypass are offered in Pennsylvania, New York and Idaho (from $33 900 to $ 35 190)

Country

Average price for sleeve gastrectomy

Arkansas

15 000 USD

Oklahoma

16 900 USD

Florida

18 700 USD

Nevada

19 600 USD

Utah

20 600 USD

South Dakota

23 600 USD

Kentucky

25 000 USD

Idaho

34 500 USD

Alaska

57 000 USD

Will insurance cover Gastric Bypass surgery in the US?

A great majority of insurance companies will cover almost entirely or some parts of the costs related to anaesthesia, hospital facility and the surgeon’s fee. Moreover, they may also cover certain post-surgery expenses which are diet and fitness plans, supplements or support groups among other things. However, insurers do not cover the costs of facelift surgeries, body contouring after a great weight loss, breast surgeries or liposuction. It is also a good option to check with your company which exactly procedures may be covered by insurance.

Covering gastric bypass by Medicare

Medicare, which is the US government health plan for patients over 65 may cover the costs of gastric bypass procedure for those whose BMI is of 35 and at least with one health problem related to obesity like diabetes type 2, heart diabetes or sleep apnea. Additionally, gastric bypass patients must have completed a weight loss program lasting six months.
In order to Medicare to cover the expenses of the surgery, it has to take place at a specific site which is designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery or at a certified Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Centre, American College of Surgeons.

Covering Gastric Bypass by Medicaid

Medicaid is the plan for low-income patients and families. The coverage of gastric bypass surgery varies across the states so you need to contact your state’s Medicaid to check what policies are implemented regarding the coverage of the surgery.

Private Insurance for Gastric Bypass

There are different requirements across companies regarding the coverage of gastric bypass. Generally, the surgery is covered in instances where BMI is 40 or more, or when BMI is 35 together with an obesity-related condition.
In most insurance companies there are requirements which need to be fulfilled for bariatric surgery. The approval process is stricter than for any other surgeries. First, you need to hand in the letter of medical necessity prepared by your primary care physician but also a documentation related to obesity issues. Additionally, the bariatric program will present a request for authorization to the insurer. The surgery will not be planned until you acquire the authorization.

When your insurer refuses to cover the costs, you can always make an appeal and it is vital to be prepared in every detail.

Another option is to buy all by yourself and there are some offers when reinsurance plans are offered when complications occur

Is gastric bypass covered by NHS?

The criteria introduced by the NHS regarding bariatric surgeries may be different across the UK.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) presented the following requirements for bariatric surgeries which should be met:

  • your BMI should be 40 or more, or BMI between 35 and 40 with a serious condition which may be improved by losing weight ( for example type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure)
  • you are fed up with all weight loss methods like dieting or exercises
  • you are eager to follow long-term requirements after the surgery
  • your health allows you to be under general anaesthesia

If your BMI is 50 or more, you may undergo the surgery straight away without the need to try other types of weight loss methods.

If you are considering affordable weight loss surgery abroad, you definitely need to consider Poland as one of the destinations. With highly experienced surgeons and newly equipped hospital, your stay will be comfortable. If you would like to know more information about the gastric surgery in Poland do not hesitate but contact – our customer advisor will be glad to help you with.

Factors influencing the costs of cheap Gastric Bypass surgery

Location plays a crucial role when it comes to the cost of any bariatric surgery. However, it is not the most vital one. Among others are patient’s health, a surgeon and the location of a hospital. It is also worth mentioning that having the surgery performed at a surgical centre is frequently less expensive than in a hospital. Moreover, a patient’s health plan, financing options or insurance coverage may also contribute to the fluctuation of the price. Getting insurance coverage, payment plans or reimbursement may be difficult yet with the aid of a surgeon or an attorney it is highly possible. In some instances, the procedure may be covered if is medically necessary.

Reasons to get gastric bypass/ mini gastric bypass Poland

 1. Gastric Bypass in Poland will improve the quality of your life

Gastric bypass surgery is known to have a positive influence on the health of the patient. With the help of gastric bypass surgery abroad, people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood sugar levels and have remission (no need to take insulin). Also, gastric bypass surgery abroad resolves sleep apnea, improves high cholesterol, resolves blood pressure, improves hyperlipidemia, significantly reduce the risks of having cardiovascular disease, and, of course, due to the weight loss after the surgery you will look better and feel more confident. Gastric bypass surgery can change your life forever!

 2. Gastric Bypass abroad is an effective way to fight obesity

Gastric Bypass (or Mini Gastric Bypass) surgery is performed to help people fight obesity. The surgery is done to shrink the size of your stomach so it won’t absorb as much food as it did before. The surgeon will make small incisions in your stomach, through which the surgery will be performed. During the gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon will disconnect the lower part of the stomach from the upper and will create a new smaller stomach from the upper part. Then he will connect the “new” stomach to the last part of the small intestine.

Important information regarding Gastric Bypass in Poland

Price5000 EUR
Length of procedure1-2 hours
Required medical tests: Abdominal ultrasound, blood count (CBC), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), cortisol, creatinine, electrolytes, prolactin and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), Cardiac catheterization, Chest X-ray, Colonoscopy Echocardiogram Electrocardiogram (EKG) Flexible sigmoidoscopy, Mammogram, Pap smear, Pelvic ultrasound, Pulmonary function tests
AnesthesiaGeneral anesthesia
Stay in the clinic3 days
Stay in Polandat least 1 week
Back to work2 weeks
Contraindications:severe heart or lung disease, portal hypertension, cirrhosis, if you are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment or have an autoimmune connective tissue disease

3. With Gastric Bypass (or Mini Gastric Bypass), you can lose 80% of excess weight

After gastric bypass surgery abroad most patients lose 60–80% of excess body weight, but you should understand that gastric bypass surgery is not a quick fix. Weight loss takes from 1 to 5 years. The final results depend on you. To achieve your desired results you must follow the diet, exercise plan and all instructions of your doctor.

 4. The price of the gastric bypass in Poland is much cheaper than in the UK or Germany

Gastric Bypass is a procedure that can be covered by the insurance, but even if your insurance won’t cover the surgery, it may pay for itself within a few years, as you will no longer have spendings related to the treatment of obesity illness. Gastric bypass surgery is not one of the cheapest so if you cannot afford to have it in your country, you should consider having it done in Poland, as the prices for gastric bypass surgery in Poland are much cheaper than in the UK or Germany. Below you can find gastric bypass price comparison.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Abroad price  – comparison

 

 5. Gastric Bypass in Poland is done by professional English-speaking doctors

Beauty Poland can guarantee you that your surgery will be done by a professional and experienced doctor. Our consultants will provide you with all the information according education and work experience of your doctor. Before the surgery, you will have the consultation during which the doctor will answer all of your questions. If you want to know more about gastric bypass surgery in Poland contact us!

Gastric Bypass / Mini Gastric Bypass surgery- FAQ

What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass (or mini gastric bypass) surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed to treat obesity. During the surgery, surgeon divides the stomach into two parts. The upper one which is smaller and the lower which is bigger. Then the surgeon rearranges the small intestine in order to reduce the functional volume of the stomach. As a result, you feel full sooner after eating and eat less.

How is gastric bypass surgery (or mini gastric bypass)done?

The surgery can be open or laparoscopic. Today, most doctors use laparoscopic surgery as it is less invasive and as effective as open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is performed using several small incisions in the stomach of the patient. The surgeon views his operation on the screen. The surgery is divided into two steps. During the first, the surgeon divides the stomach into two parts and with surgical staples creates a “wall” between them. The next step is when the surgeon rearranges the small intestine.

Will my insurance cover gastric bypass?

If the insurance can cover your surgery or not, depends on your insurance plan. You should contact your insurance company and ask them to provide you with all the information.

Who are candidates for gastric bypass (or mini gastric bypass) surgery?

The one who has a BMI (body mass index) of 40 and more can consider having gastric bypass surgery. If your BMI is lower but you have serious health problems related to obesity, you can also have gastric bypass done. If you are a candidate for the surgery or not can be decided only after the consultation with the doctor.  

Can gastric bypass surgery cure diabetes?

Studies have shown that bariatric surgery is much more effective than drug therapy alone and  80% of patients experience remission after gastric bypass surgery, which means that the patient blood sugar levels return to normal and there is no need for diabetes medications. But as diabetes is not well understood there is a possibility that if the factors causing the disease return to a degree sufficient it can cause a relapse.

How much weight will I lose after surgery?

Most patients lose 60–80% of excess body weight. The amount of weight you will lose depends on different factors such as your age, gender, and starting body mass index. If you want to make the surgery a success you should change your lifestyle.

How much time will I have to take off work?

It depends on what type of work you have. Generally, doctors advise to take 2 weeks off, but if you have a physically demanding job you might need to take more.

Does type 2 diabetes make surgery riskier?

If your doctor is a professional and you follow all his instructions there is no reason to worry.

What can I eat after gastric bypass surgery abroad?

After the surgery your portions must be small, you should eat a lot of protein and drink a lot of water. For the first two weeks, all of the food must be blended.

When can I start exercising again after gastric bypass surgery?

Exercising is an important part of your recovery. As soon as you can move we advise you to start walking, but for the first 6 weeks, you should avoid lifting heavy objects. The doctor will give you all the specific information about physical activity after the surgery. The most important are to listen to your body and in case you feel pain stop exercising and contact the doctor.

How long will I stay in the hospital after bariatric surgery in Poland?

Even though few hours after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, most patients can walk, it is advised to stay for about two days in the clinic so that the doctor will be able to see how the healing goes.

Do I need to take vitamins and minerals after gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, because after gastric bypass  (or mini gastric bypass) surgery in Poland the body will have difficulty absorbing certain important vitamins. You should be ready that after gastric bypass surgery, you need to take vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of your life.

What about scars following bypass surgery?

Scarring is minimal. The incisions that will be made are 0.5 cm wide and are normally healed in 10-14 days.

Do most patients need to have plastic surgery after gastric bypass surgery?

Plastic surgery might be needed if you have a lot of excess skin. The amount of skin depends on your weight loss, age, and habits. After gastric bypass surgery, a lot of patients come to Poland to have plastic surgeries done such as tummy tuck Poland or belt lipectomy Poland.

Is it possible to regain weight after gastric bypass surgery abroad?

Yes, it is possible if you return to old eating habits. Gastric bypass surgery is done to help you start a new life, but if you eat junk food and don’t bother being physically active no surgery can help you.

How long should I stay in Poland after gastric bypass surgery?

If you chose to have gastric bypass surgery in Poland you should stay in the country for at least 1 week. For the 2 days, you should stay in the clinic, the rest of your stay you can spend in the hotel. Before going home the doctor will give you his contact information so you will be able to contact him. offers you our all-inclusive package which covers consultation, medical tests, surgery, stay in the clinic, hotel stay, and transfers during your stay.

Can gastric bypass be reversed?

Gastric bypass (or mini gastric bypass) is thought of as one of the permanent or irreversible bariatric surgeries, so it’s more about revision that reversal surgery. There is very limited information available regarding the reversal of gastric bypass and at the moment there are no established guidelines. It’s is very uncommon and only necessary due to complications such as:

  • Ulcers at the gastrojejunal anastomosis (connection between the gastric pouch and the small intestine) that is not healing or is turning back. This is a case with a patient that starts smoking after the procedure, however, usually, the ulcer can be healed with medications and rarely due to surgery.
  • Severe malnutrition – extremely unusual that nutritional issues can’t be addressed otherwise than with the reversal of the surgery
  • Psychological issues – a complete change of lifestyle after the surgery may cause problems in adjusting to life after the gastric bypass and some patients may become a danger to themselves.

Can gastric bypass cause elevated liver enzymes?

No, on the contrary, Bariatric surgery associated with a significant and sustained decrease in body weight result decreasing in ALT and AST. Those two enzymes are reduced after the surgery and a continuous reduction is associated in ALT levels with increasing weight loss.

Can Gastric Bypass cause liver problems?

On the contrary, the data suggest that bariatric surgery has a long-term protective effect against chronic liver damage and it significantly reduces liver enzymes. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that gastric bypass causes regression in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in morbidly obese patients.

Can gastric bypass patients vomit?

Yes, it’s pretty common for the first few days after the surgery to suffer from nausea.

Can gastric bypass cause cancer / What are the cancer risks?

The risk of cancer after gastric bypass is unknown, as only a few studies have focused on the subject and diagnosis is complicated. In most cases, the cancer is diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease. However, in recent studies it is concluded that gastric bypass resulted in the largest risk reduction (84%) for hormone-related cancer – the negative side is that bypass is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Can gastric bypass cause Crohn’s disease?

There is a speculation that in patient’s genetically predisposed to Crohn’s, the anatomic changes after gastric bypass surgery promotes a bacterial milieu triggering chronic intestinal inflammation which then results in Crohn’s disease. It’s recommended that gastric bypass should be avoided in patients with known Crohn’s disease.

Can gastric bypass cause thyroid problems?

Many patients undergoing bariatric surgery have thyroid problems in the first place. The surgery can actually improve thyroid function and cause reduction of thyroid medication dosages.

Can gastric bypass cause cirrhosis?

It’s scientifically proven that gastric bypass causes regression in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, liver inflammation and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)

Can gastric bypass patients take ibuprofen?

No, you cannot take ANY kind of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (or so-called NSAID), as they cause an ulcer in your stomach pouch.

If you need a painkiller DO NOT take Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve. You CAN, however, use Tylenol, which is acetaminophen.

Can gastric bypass cause teeth problems?

At the moment there is no research available discussing the effects of bariatric surgery and tooth decay. You should, however, keep in mind the importance of vitamin and mineral supplementation to avoid any deficiencies.

Why is gastric bypass surgery dangerous?

Gastric bypass is one of the most recommended and safest bariatric surgery available. There are some post-op risks associated with ANY kind of abdominal surgery, i.e. excessive bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, blood clots, lung or breathing problems or leaks in your gastrointestinal system. However, the benefits are much greater and it’s not only the weight loss but also the reduction of many obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, infertility or high blood pressure.

Will Gastric Bypass help GERD?

Yes, it definitely will. Gastroesophageal reflux – GERD or acid reflux – occurs when the contents of the stomach are returned to the esophagus resulting in either symptoms or complications. Among the symptoms is the taste of acid in the back of the mouth, heartburn, bad breath, chest pain, vomiting, breathing problems, and wearing away of the teeth, while the complications are esophagitis, esophageal strictures, and Barrett’s esophagus. Gastric bypass alleviates GERD. During the surgery, a very small upper stomach (the pouch) is created that has very few cells that can produce acid, so the acid producing portion of the stomach is disconnected from the esophagus.

Will gastric bypass help PCOS?

Yes. As metabolic syndrome and obesity coexist commonly with PCOS, gastric bypass surgery may help significantly in fighting them. While losing weight will not cure the PCOS, it may restore a regular menstrual period and reduce the severity of the symptoms. Many women experienced decreases in both ovarian volume and markers of androgen excess. Gastric bypass also seems to be effective at reversing the insulin resistance, a significant problem for women with PCOS.

Will gastric bypass help diverticulitis?

Yes, as losing weight whether through diet and exercise or surgery will improve symptoms of diverticulosis. Most cases of simple diverticulitis respond to conservative therapy (diet and antibiotics) with bowel rest.

Will gastric bypass cure fatty liver?

It’s scientifically proven that gastric bypass causes regression in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in morbidly obese patients.

Will gastric bypass help gastroparesis?

New studies show that gastric bypass is a safe surgical treatment for gastroparesis in obese patients. Gastroparesis symptoms improved after the surgery improvement or significantly decreased after bypass. Patients taking prokinetics preoperatively no longer required their medication after surgery.

Will gastric bypass help ibs?

Most patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) find that after they undergo bariatric surgery, their IBS improves and the symptoms are greatly reduced.

Will gastric bypass help lymphedema?

No, it may help you to lose weight, but lymphedema occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or removed and by that causing inability of proper drainage of lymph from arms and legs. This is causing swelling (edema) and other complications. Lymphedema is chronic so there is no cure only treatment and management.

Will gastric bypass affect pregnancy?

The studies show that the pregnancy after gastric bypass can be safe and healthy if managed well. In fact, pregnancy after weight-loss surgery might be safer for both mother and baby than pregnancy complicated by obesity. You will definitely need to consult your GP and probably you would have to get a higher amount of supplements, such as folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, iron and calcium, in addition to a daily prenatal vitamin before and during pregnancy.

Will gastric bypass help constipation?

In most cases, constipation is only a temporary issue after the surgery due to insufficient water intake yet with proper care and dietary recommendations will help to get rid of this problem

Will gastric bypass cause diarrhea?

Diarrhea is also a common side effect of gastric bypass surgery, yet for the majority of the patients, diarrhea is only a mild inconvenience. There are various ways of combating this issue for example taking Isodium before bedtime, probiotics or some antibiotic.

Can I drink alcohol with gastric bypass?

After gastric bypass the absorption of alcohol and/or metabolism is altered so that sensitivity to alcohol is increased. More than 95% is bypassed, therefore alcohol passes first directly to the pouch into the intestines where is rapidly absorbed.  Therefore it is not recommended to drink alcohol, as it may increase the risk of alcohol use disorder.

Can gastric bypass cause candy cane syndrome?

Yes, it’s one of the possible complications after the procedure. A long, nonfunctional Roux limb tip may cause nausea, postprandial epigastric pain and a lack of satiety. “Candy cane” syndrome can be managed by resection of the blind afferent limb and the surgeons should attempt to minimize redundancy in the Roux limb during the primary procedure to avoid the syndrome.

How to stop losing weight after gastric bypass?

You should make blood tests and screenings first, maybe you are lacking some mineral or vitamins. Also, to stabilize the weight is to eat more: greater quantities of and more frequent meals of higher calorie foods – make sure that you are eating at least 80 to 100 grams of protein daily and asked dietician for help in making the proper diet.

Will I be able to keep food down after gastric bypass?

Yes, however straight after the surgery some nausea and vomiting may be expected. There are some things you can do to lessen it. First, eat slowly and chew your food properly. You won’t be able to eat much and denser the food you eat (like chicken breast), the quicker you become full than when you eat something liquid in consistency. You should also follow the diet prescribed by the dietician, but in general may go from liquids to pureed food to soft, and finally start eating regular food. Gastric bypass patients may also experience dumping syndrome by eating foods high in sugar or fat.

Is it worth to have gastric bypass done?

Yes, it has the least amount of complications and it may alter your life significantly. You must remember before considering the procedure, that no matter which weight loss surgery you choose, this procedure will be a first step in making big changes to your lifestyle. The bypass is very effective at reducing the impact of many obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart disease.

You must remember that the surgery is, in fact, an addition to diet and exercise. The activities you enjoyed prior to surgery may not be activities that you continue to participate in after surgery – it may impact your social life considerably. The surgery will not magically solve your social or emotional problems and make life better, even with weight loss you still may have them. Also, after losing a lot of weight, you may not like what you see in the mirror, as there’ll be a lot of extra skin left. You must be also very careful about drinking alcohol, as you may get addicted easily and stop smoking, as you will be more prone to ulceration.

Is gastric bypass safe?

Yes, it is. However, as every major surgical procedures can pose serious risks and side effects. Also, the patient considering it must be fully committed to make permanent healthy changes in diet and start regularly working out to ensure the long-term effects of the surgery.

Can a hiatal hernia be repaired with gastric bypass?

Yes, the procedures can be combined. As the studies show, the hernia should be repaired for appropriate pouch sizing and to minimize long-term complications of gastric bypass.

Is gastric bypass the same procedure as Roux-en-y?

Gastric bypass is the same procedure as Roux-en-Y. The procedure is usually made by rearranging small intestine into Y-configuration by dividing approximately 45 cm (18 in) of small intestine below the lower stomach outlet, enabling outflow of food from the small upper stomach pouch via a “Roux limb”.

Can the gastroparesis be caused by gastric bypass?

Gastroparesis is a rare complication of gastric bypass, the main cause is gastroparesis is diabetes.

Can I have gastric bypass being alcohol addicted?

No, you cannot. Being an addict is one of the contraindications for the surgery.

Can I have gastric bypass if I take anti-depressants?

Yes, it’s not a contraindication for the surgery. However, there is no indication that the surgery helps with fighting depression. Studies show that antidepressant usage did not decrease in the majority of patients after gastric bypass.

Can smokers have gastric bypass?

You can, however, you should quit at least 6 weeks before the surgery and under no circumstances you should smoke after the procedure. Smoking is one of the worst things patients can do after weight loss surgery, due to the high risk of ulceration of the stomach.

Will I have a dumping syndrome after gastric bypass?

Yes, you might have it. Dumping syndrome occurs when food gets “dumped” directly from your stomach pouch into your small intestine without being digested. It can happen almost immediately after the meal – from 10 to 30 minutes (early dumping) or from 1 to 3 hours after eating (late dumping). Dumping syndrome can have different symptoms, i.e. abdominal cramping, fast heartbeat, lightheadedness, and diarrhea. It happens pretty often, at least 3 out of 20 patients may have it. The main treatment for dumping syndrome is changing in the diet.

Can I have gastric bypass having hypothyroidism?

Gastric bypass has a favourable effect on patients with the hypothyroidism, such as improvement of thyroid function and reduction in dosage of thyroid medication.

Can gastric bypass cure hypothyroidism?

No, but it has a good effect on patients. It improves the function of the thyroid and as a result the patients need smaller doses of thyroid medications.

Will I have gallbladder disease after gastric bypass?

It may be possible, Gastric bypass carries a high incidence of gallstone formation postsurgically.  Both obesity and rapid weight loss – an aim of any kind of bariatric surgery – are risk factors for the formation of gallstones. It’s said that even 35% of patients after gastric bypass may develop gallstones. Many bariatric surgeons often put patients on a course of a preventative medication.

Will gallbladder be removed during gastric bypass surgery?

As studies show, the formation of gallstones after gastric bypass is pretty common.  It seems reasonable to perform cholecystectomy (the removal of the gallbladder) during gastric bypass surgery in the presence of cholelithiasis or after this procedure if gallstones develop.

How long does it take to recover after gastric bypass?

Typical gastric bypass surgery is done by laparoscopy, meaning that the surgeon makes small cuts to perform the surgery. That results in a shorter recovery time – stay in the hospital 2 to 3 days after the procedure and most of the patients get back to normal activities in 3 to 5 weeks.

Is tummy tuck necessary after gastric bypass?

If you are very obese, the answer is yes, as there will be an excess of skin after you lose your weight. Unfortunately, this extra skin won’t shrink and cannot be reduced just by exercising.

Is gastric bypass covered by NHS?

Yes, but you must meet with NHS criteria for the surgery to be covered and those are:

  • your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or more, or your BMI is between 35 and 40 and you suffer from one obesity-related condition that might improve if you lost weight (such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure)
  • you’ve tried all other weight loss methods (dieting and exercise), but with no long lasting effect
  • you are committed to following the long-term adjustments in your lifestyle – following healthy lifestyle changes and attending regular check-ups
  • you are fit to have surgery under general anaesthetic
  • you are under the care of a specialist obesity team

If your BMI is 50 or over the surgery may be considered without needing to try other weight loss methods first.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Poland reviews:

 

Big effort to loose weight but worth it!

I finally decided to go forward with the gastric bypass surgery. My highest weight was 28. I had high cholesterol, high triglycerides, pre diabetic, sleep apnea, migraines, back pain, joints pain. etc. I decided I did not want to be morbidly obese anymore. I was tired of being a slave to food and waste my life away. Today, I am at 154lbs and it is not even a year from surgery yet. I didn't have any complications with the surgery or post surgery. For me, the most difficult part was chewing food sloow. I used to drink water while meals, which was mistake too. I feel much more better! My advice is to be mentally ready for surgery. This is a big decision, hard work, new habitats. But every effort is worth doing it!

K.H., Swindon, UK

9 months after gastric bypass surgery

I always weighted too much, but in fact I didn't care. I loved eating and with time I grew bigger and bigger. Still I was happy, found my love, got married. But my problem started when we decided to have a baby, and because of my obesity I couldn't get pregnant. My doctor said I need to lose at least 40pounds and maybe then I will get pregnant. I tried everything and finally I came across a website with your clinic offering gastric bypass. I came for this surgery as it was my only hope, thanks God I could afford it - in the UK it would be much much more expensive. Now it's 9 months after the surgery, I've lost 34pounds already and feel great. I'm constantly losing weight - eat healthy, do some exercises. My doctor is now really optimistic about me getting pregnant. Can't wait when it happens!

Melisa, Plymouth, UK

Lost weight after gastric bypass

I never felt that I wasn't good enough because I was fat. I accepted myself and I did not care what others were thinking about me. I never wanted to loose my extra pounds, but when my GP said that I NEED to loose weight because my heart is failing, I decided to fight for my life. I went on diets, but none of them gave me pernament results. Jo-jo effect was my nemezis... I heard about weight loss surgeries and after 2 years of fighting, I decided to have gastric bypass done. I had the surgery done in Poland, to save some money. The clinic was very modern and professional, so it was a good choice. I am still fighting with my weight, but I am winning this war! I lost a lot of pounds since the surgery and now my EKG is getting better - my heart will keep on fighting with me 🙂

Andrea, Newquay, UK

Waiting for a baby 🙂 after gastric bypass

Having children has always been my dream, but it was held back by my weight. I was really ready to be a mother, but it was impossible with how heavy I was. My husband found clinic in Poland and I had my gastric bypass done there. Now 3 years after the surgery I lost a lot of extra pounds and now I am 5 months pregnant with our first child 🙂 Thank you Beauty Poland!

Camilla, Wales

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