Sleeve gastrectomy is a reconstructive surgical procedure. Also known as bariatric surgery, it reduces the size of the stomach and the amount of food intake of a patient. It leads to massive weight loss by reducing the stomach size by 15%  as a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature is removed. It stimulates the speed and success of weight loss in people suffering from obesity. 

Gastric Sleeve in Turkey

The goal is to develop a feeling of being full so that the patient doesn't feel the need to overeat. The prime objective is to accelerate the process of weight loss by lowering the amount of calorie intake that will, in turn, lead to the burning of calories. The gastric sleeve can be the life savior of the obese and alarmingly overweight. 

The procedure takes up to two hours of time and recovery time of around 4 weeks. Likely side effects are wound infection, internal bleeding, a leak in the gut, blocked gut and malnutrition. 

Reconstruction surgery cost in Turkey varies on the basis of different procedures yet being relatively lower than in other countries. These costs are nominal and affordable as compared to other countries enhancing medical tourism in India giving them a clear window to upgrade their facilities more and more at reasonable costs ensuring specialist surgeons providing a hassle-free experience.

Cost Comparison

The average cost of Gastric sleeve surgery in Turkey starts from 10,000USD whereas in countries like the United Kingdom it starts from 8,000USD, in India it costs around USD5,500 and in the United States, it ranges from 12,500USD - 55,000USD. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical procedure for weight loss in which the specialist surgeon removes the stomach by about 80-90% of the stomach to form a slim “sleeve” thus the name Sleeve Gastrectomy. This leads to reducing the food consumption capacity of the stomach drastically so your stomach starts feeling full faster with only small amounts of food intake, resulting in weight loss. The area of the stomach producing Ghrelin, a hormone responsible for generating the feeling of hunger, is also reduced through this procedure hence limiting the feeling of hunger. This again helps in contributing towards weight reduction by restricting the feeling of satiety.

The cost of gastrectomy in Turkey differs from hospital to hospital however it generally ranges between USD 6,000 to USD 10,000.

Below are some of the main factors influencing the cost of the sleeve gastrectomy in Turkey:

  • The hospital/ clinic/ treatment facility
  • The experience and expertise of the surgeon
  • The number of days of in-patient stays at the hospital

Below is the list of some of the best hospitals in Turkey for the sleeve gastrectomy procedure:

  • Liv Hospital Ulus, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Estetik International, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Memorial Sisli Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Acibadem Hospital in Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Hisar Intercontinental Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Acibadem Kadikoy Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Memorial Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Below is the list of some of the best surgeons in Turkey for the sleeve gastrectomy procedure:

  • Dr. Hakan Agir, Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Acibadem Hastanesi - Altunizade, Istanbul, Turkey | Total Experience. : 28 Years
  • Dr. Sukru Yazar, Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Acibadem Hastanesi - Altunizade, Istanbul, Turkey | Total Experience. : 27 Years
  • Dr. Gursel Turgut, Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Liv Hospital Ulus, Istanbul, Turkey | Total Experience. : 27 Years
  • Dr. Soner Tatlideder, Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Acibadem Hospital in Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey | Total Experience. : 31 Years
  • Dr. Zeynep Sevim, Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Liv Hospital Ulus, Istanbul, Turkey | Total Experience. : 20 Years
  • Dr. Koray O. Coskunfirat, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Memorial Antalya Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey | Total Experience. : 21 Years

Based on a patient review survey, the success rate of sleeve gastrectomy is about 90%. Most of the patients lose about 30-60% of the body weight within one year following the procedure. If sleeve gastrectomy surgery does not succeed in achieving the expected weight loss then its commonly followed by a duodenal switch surgery.

Turkey has become one of the most sought after destinations for medical treatments. In 2016 alone, close to 746,000 medical travelers were reported to have visited Turkey for their medical treatment. Some of the top reasons making Turkey a destination of choice for sleeve gastrectomy surgery for many as below:

  • Hospitals or clinics ensuring a high-quality treatment
  • Clinics accredited with the best medical standards
  • Vastly experienced and highly skilled bariatric surgeons
  • Lower costs of treatment compared to that with the UK and the US
  • Responsible post-operative patient recovery care
  • Exotic tourist destination making it a great choice to enjoy its cultural and historic delights while being on your medical travel

While it’s highly unlikely that the patient might have to face any major risk. The risks or complications also vastly depend upon the patient’s general state of health. While the risk factors of sleeve gastrectomy very low as compared to other surgeries, below are a few to note:

  • Temporary disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract or adhesions of the organs in the abdomen
  • Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding
  • Marginal ulcers
  • Blood clotting
  • Malnutrition or other nutritional problems

Gastric sleeve surgery is an in-patient procedure requiring the patient's stay in the clinic or hospital for 2-3 days after the surgery. Doctors might prescribe you to take painkillers by the doctors to manage pain and discomfort in the abdomen and wear compression pads for at least 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery. Patients also have to follow a diet as suggested by the doctor or dietician. For the first 24 hours, the patient only has to drink water following which he or she might be prescribed to be on a liquid diet for approximately a week. 5 to 6 weeks after the surgery, any food that is divided into five to seven small meals a day can be retrieved.

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