Obesity has become a common problem in recent years, which led to weight-loss surgeries becoming very popular worldwide. What are the types of bariatric surgery in Turkey?
According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people suffer from obesity worldwide. Obesity is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, as well as psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Therefore, Turkey has worked very hard to provide several surgical procedures for treating obesity in those who fail to lose weight through exercise and diet.
Bariatric surgery aims to lose excess weight quickly without a strict diet and hard exercise. Gastric sleeve surgery is the most common type of bariatric surgery worldwide, but it is not the only procedure that helps with weight loss. So, what are the other weight loss surgeries?
What are the types of bariatric surgery in Turkey?
There are several types of bariatric surgery that differ in their surgical technique, including:
Sleeve gastrectomy in Turkey
Sleeve gastrectomy is the most common surgical procedure for treating obesity around the world. This surgery involves reducing the stomach size by more than 80% of its normal size, leading to an early feeling of fullness and decreased appetite, resulting in weight loss over time.
This surgery can be performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, making it safe with fewer side effects. The results of this surgery are excellent, with an average weight loss of about 50 to 60% of excess weight throughout 12 to 18 months after the procedure. Read more about sleeve gastrectomy.
Gastric bypass surgery
Gastric bypass surgery has recently become very popular in Turkey. This surgery involves making a few changes in the stomach and small intestine; the surgeon creates a small pouch by removing the upper part while leaving the lower part connected to the duodenum. A portion of the small intestine is then removed, and the end of the duodenum is connected to the end of the small intestine, modifying the natural pathway for bile and digestive juices.
This surgery contributes to weight loss through malabsorption and restrictive mechanisms, giving excellent results with an average weight loss of 60% of excess weight. Read more about gastric bypass surgery.
This surgery is performed using a laparoscope by placing a Silicone ring filled with a saline solution around the upper part of the stomach, making the stomach’s entrance narrow while keeping a small opening for food intake, which gives an early feeling of fullness.
Gastric banding is less risky than other weight loss surgeries, but it requires an external device to be inserted and attached to the stomach. Read more about gastric banding.
Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS)
This complex procedure involves removing a portion of the stomach and connecting the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) to the final part of the small intestine (ileum), leading to malabsorption and contributing to weight loss alongside with a reduction in stomach size.
This surgery provides the best results among bariatric surgeries, with weight loss reaching more than 70% of excess weight, making it preferred for diabetic patients. However, it is riskier than other weight loss surgeries, making it less common. Read more about BPD/DS surgery.
Single anastomosis duodenal-ileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SADI-S)
This procedure is a modified version of BPD/DS surgery, with some changes made to reduce the risks associated with BPD/DS and make it less complicated.
A recent study compared the results of SADI-S and a biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch (BPD/DS). Read more about this study here.
Gastric balloon capsule
This intelligent capsule is one of Turkey’s unique weight loss procduers. It is a small swallowable capsule inserted into the stomach without surgery or endoscopy and is characterized by its quick results in weight loss compared to other bariatric surgeries.
Gastric Botox in Turkey
Botulinum toxin is commonly used in cosmetic procedures due to its muscle-relaxing properties. Recently, it has been injected into the stomach to contribute to weight loss by relaxing the stomach muscles, making it harder to push food into the intestines. This causes the stomach to remain full for longer, decreasing appetite.
Gastric Botox injections are a recent procedure in Turkey for treating obesity through endoscopy without surgery. It is less risky, but its effect lasts only about six months.
Tips about Bariatric Surgeries
Here are some tips for weight loss surgeries in Turkey:
- Choose an experienced surgeon for weight loss surgery
- Discuss the available options with your specialist doctor regarding the appropriate surgery
- Be prepared to adapt to the lifestyle changes that follow the surgery
- Commit to living a healthy life after the surgery to ensure better results in a shorter time
- Ask about the appropriate diet and recovery steps before undergoing bariatric surgery
- Have realistic expectations for weight loss results to avoid feeling frustrated later.
- Be aware of the risks associated with the surgery and choose a specialized center licensed by the Turkish government.
If you want to lose weight through surgery in Turkey, you can contact us to help you step by step, answering all your questions and providing free consultations.
Cost of Bariatric Surgery in Turkey
Obesity treatment in Turkey has become very popular due to the specialized centers that are equipped with the latest surgical technologies and expert medical staff. The cost varies depending on the type of surgery and the patient’s condition. For example, the cost of gastric sleeve surgery in Turkey is around $2000, while gastric bypass surgery costs around $4000. The cost of a gastric balloon capsule starts at only $700. Contact us for more details on prices and to guide you to the best Turkish centers that perform weight loss surgeries.
Bimaristan Center offers medical services by providing travel arrangements for people who want to receive treatment in Turkey, starting from travel visas and accommodation in Turkey with medical consultations and keeping in touch with the patients until they return to their country after completing their treatment.