Weight loss surgery definition:
Weight loss or bariatric surgery is the surgery that is done in order to help the patient to lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach. The stomach can be reduced by removing a portion the stomach or by resecting and rearranging of the intestine. There are several types of the weight loss surgery
- Gastric Sleeve Poland – during this type of weight loss surgery in Poland a part of the stomach is removed
- Gastric Bypass Poland and Duodenal Switch during these types of weight loss surgery in Poland the size of the stomach is reduced and the intestines are rearranged, the difference is that Duodenal Switch surgery leaves much larger stomach sleeve, this type is also known to be more complicated and has higher complication rate.
- Gastric Balloon – is a temporary solution. During this gastric balloon surgery abroad the surgeon inserts the balloon into your stomach. This balloon must be removed after 6 months.
Benefits of weight loss surgery:
- Lost weight
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Remission of type 2 diabetes
- Blood pressure and cholesterol levels return to normal
- Improved self-esteem
- Long lasting results
Weight loss surgery candidates
You can consider weight loss surgery if your BMI (body mass index) is 40 and more, or if you have a serious health problem related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea. If you consider weight loss surgery you should be ready that the doctor will ask you to prove that previously you tried to loss weight non-surgical.
Weight loss surgery prices:
The price depends on what type of the surgery you need, where the clinic is situated, professionalism of the doctor etc. The cheapest type of the weight loss surgery is Gastric Balloon. In some cases, weight loss surgery may be covered by the insurance, but the approval process may take up to 12 months. If the surgery is not covered by the insurance it is much cheaper to have it done in countries like Polan than in the UK or Germany.
Weight loss procedure:
Before the weight loss surgery:
Before the surgery, you will have a consultation during which all the medical tests will be done. You must inform your doctor if you have any specific health conditions. You need to prepare yourself mentally and physically. Start to eat slow and watch the portion sizes. It is important to make yourself not to drink anything with meals. At least two weeks before the surgery stop drinking alcohol and smoking. Ask or hire someone who can take care of you and your kids (if you have one) after the surgery.
Length of weight loss surgery: Depends on the type of the surgery 1-2 hours
Type of anesthesia: general anesthesia
Stay in the clinic: Depends on the type of the surgery, after gastric balloon procedure in Poland you can leave the clinic the same day. While after gastric bypass and duodenal switch you should stay in the clinic for at least 2 days
Minimal stay for weight loss surgery in Poland: at least 1 week
Back to work: depends on the type of the surgery.
Weight loss surgery results:
The results of the weight loss surgery abroad and the amount of weight you lose depend on the type of the surgery and your change in lifestyle habits. Most people lose 50-70% of excess weight. After gastric balloon procedure abroad most patients lose 15-20% of Total Body Weight Loss (TBWL) which means that if your weight is 100kg you will lose about 15-20 kg. You should understand that if you want your results to last you should eat healthy and exercise.
After the weight loss surgery:
The most important thing you should do after the weight loss surgery abroad is to follow the diet. The first 2 weeks after the surgery all of your food should be blended, you should also drink a lot, but do not drink any carbonated beverages and nothing with caffeine. The diet and the recovery depend on what type of the surgery you had. The diet and exercise plan will be discussed with your doctor.
Weight loss surgery risks and complications:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Blood clots Lung or breathing problems
- Leaks in your gastrointestinal system
- Death (rare)
You should understand that any surgery involves some risks. The main thing you need to do in order to protect yourself from possible risks and complications is to find a professional and experienced doctor.
Weight loss surgery abroad
Poland offers you cheap prices not only for the weight loss surgery but also for the stay. If you want to have the surgery done you should come to Poland for at least a week, but the length of the stay depends on the type of the weight loss surgery you chose. For our patients, we can also offer all-inclusive packages which include hotel stay and transfers in Poland. For more information, contact us!