What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a medical procedure that aims to reduce the size of the stomach or redirect the digestive system. The operation aims to cause weight loss by limiting the amount of food a person can consume or absorb. This surgery is typically recommended for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher with other obesity-related health conditions.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery offers numerous benefits beyond weight loss. These include:

Sustainable Weight Loss: Bariatric surgery provides a long-term solution for individuals struggling with obesity. Studies have shown that patients can lose a significant amount of weight and maintain this loss for many years after the surgery.

Improvement in Health Conditions: Bariatric surgery can lead to a reduction or even resolution of obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and joint pain. This improvement in overall health can enhance the quality of life and increase life expectancy.

Enhanced Mental Well-being: Obesity often takes a toll on an individual’s mental health, leading to low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Bariatric surgery can help improve body image, self-confidence, and overall mental well-being.

Increased Mobility and Physical Activity: Losing excess weight through bariatric surgery can significantly improve mobility and make physical activities more enjoyable. This newfound ability to engage in exercise and other physical activities can lead to further weight loss and improved overall fitness.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric bypass surgery

Gastric Bypass

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What Is Gastric Bypass?

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a minimally invasive bariatric procedure that involves reducing the size of the stomach. During the surgery, approximately 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a smaller, banana-shaped pouch. This restricts the amount of food the patient can consume, leading to weight loss.

What Is Gastric Sleeve?

Gastric bypass surgery, also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a more complex bariatric procedure. This surgery involves creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach and rerouting the small intestine to connect to this small pouch. As a result, the patient’s stomach capacity is reduced, and food bypasses a portion of the small intestine. This leads to both restriction and malabsorption, aiding in weight loss.

Gastric Band Surgery to Other Bariatric Procedures

When comparing gastric band surgery to other bariatric procedures like gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, gastric band stands out with its unique advantages, particularly in adjustability and reversibility. Despite its slower weight loss rate and the need for more frequent follow-up visits for adjustments, the gastric band offers a personalized approach to weight management. Conversely, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy may deliver faster and more significant weight loss outcomes, but gastric band surgery remains a viable option, especially for individuals prioritizing flexibility and control over their weight loss journey. Ultimately, the decision between these procedures depends on individual medical history, preferences, and weight loss goals.

Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Bariatric surgery weight loss procedure designed to help individuals struggling with obesity achieve significant and sustainable weight loss. This surgical intervention alters the digestive system to restrict food intake and promote feelings of fullness. Common types of bariatric surgery include gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding. These weight loss procedures can lead to substantial weight loss, improvement in obesity-related health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and enhanced overall quality of life. However, bariatric surgery is typically recommended for individuals who have not been successful with other weight loss methods and who meet specific criteria set by healthcare professionals.

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Risks and Considerations of a Bariatric Surgery

Although bariatric surgery is generally considered safe and effective for weight loss, it is very important to understand the potential risks and considerations. As with any surgical procedure, inherent risks exist, and emphasizes the importance of choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon specializing in bariatric procedures to minimize these risks.

Potential risks include infection, bleeding, organ injury, blood clots, and nutritional deficiencies. Your surgeon will discuss these risks thoroughly during the consultation phase and provide detailed information on how to manage them to ensure the best possible outcome.

It is very important to have realistic expectations about the results of the operation. Although it can lead to significant weight loss and improvement in overall health, individual results may vary. Your surgeon will assess your unique medical history and help you make informed decisions about the procedure by discussing the achievable outcomes during the consultation process.

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Gastric Sleeve Side Effect

The gastric sleeve procedure, a type of bariatric surgery designed to assist with weight loss, is generally considered safe and effective. However, like any surgical intervention, it does carry potential side effects. Common side effects may include nausea, vomiting, and temporary difficulty in swallowing. In some cases, patients may experience more severe complications such as infection, bleeding, or leaks at the surgical site. Additionally, there is a possibility of long-term side effects, such as nutritional deficiencies or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Gastric Bypass Side Effect

Gastric bypass surgery, a potent weight loss intervention, does carry potential side effects and risks. Common concerns include dumping syndrome, nutritional deficiencies, gallstone formation, infections, and the possibility of ulcers. Bowel obstructions and stomal stenosis may also arise, necessitating surgical or non-surgical interventions.

Patients should be mindful of the risk of maladaptive eating behaviors and emotional eating post-surgery, with support available for addressing these issues. Weight regain is a consideration, emphasizing the need for ongoing lifestyle adjustments and consistent medical follow-up.

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Individuals considering gastric sleeve surgery should engage in thorough discussions about potential side effects and risks with their healthcare providers. This ensures informed decision-making and proper postoperative care. At GM Care, our doctors assess whether the treatment is suitable for you, and if there is a likelihood of experiencing side effects, undergoing surgery may not be permitted. To inquire about your eligibility for treatment and to determine if you may experience any side effects, please click the button below.

Who is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is typically recommended for individuals who meet certain criteria:

Body Mass Index (BMI): Candidates for bariatric surgery generally have a BMI over 40 or a BMI over 35 with obesity-related health conditions. However, BMI alone does not determine eligibility, and individual assessment is crucial.

Failed Weight Loss Attempts: Bariatric surgery is often considered when traditional weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise, have been unsuccessful in achieving significant and sustained weight loss.

Commitment to Lifestyle Changes: Candidates for bariatric surgery must be committed to making lifelong changes in their eating habits, physical activity, and overall lifestyle. Surgery is just one part of the process; long-term success relies on these lifestyle modifications.

Only Gm Care surgeons can determine whether you are eligible for bariatric surgery, so please contact your doctor for further evaluation.

Gastric Sleeve vs Gastric Bypass

Gastric Sleeve:

  • Procedure: Removes a portion of the stomach, creating a smaller stomach pouch.
  • Mechanism: Restricts food intake and may impact gut hormones.
  • Nutrition: Generally maintains normal nutrient absorption.
  • Advantages: Simpler procedure, lower risk of nutritional deficiencies.

Gastric Bypass:

  • Procedure: Creates a small stomach pouch and reroutes the small intestine.
  • Mechanism: Combines restriction and malabsorption to reduce calorie absorption.
  • Nutrition: This may lead to malabsorption, requiring lifelong supplementation.
  • Advantages: Often results in more significant weight loss and positive effects on conditions like diabetes.

Considerations:

  • Weight Loss: Gastric bypass may result in more substantial weight loss.
  • Complications: Both surgeries carry risks; the choice depends on individual health factors.
  • Metabolic Conditions: Both can improve or resolve obesity-related conditions.
  • Dietary Adherence: Both require strict adherence to dietary guidelines for success.

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It's been an excellent experience with…It's been an excellent experience with them, I mean the surgery but also everything around, transport organization, hotel. You've nothing to worries about. It's a big recommendation for me, you won't be disappointed by their services.

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I recommend GMC, from the moment I made contact to the present day I have been informed and monitored by the support team under Albert's management, and by the local team of doctors and interpreters (Asunam), on my arrival in Turkey I was taken care of in an irreproachable manner, transport, hotel, intervention, monitoring, departure, instructions for the days, weeks and months to come ... I am more than satisfied, now all I have to do is follow the steps over the coming months ...
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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in TurkeyI booked with Global Medical care for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Turkey on 15th February. From arriving at the airport right through to being dropped off at the airport the service was 10/10. I was greeted at the airport by a lovely man, who chauffeured me around the whole time I was there. I was taken to the hospital for tests ready for my surgery the next day. The surgeon I had DR Mehmet Yalim Uçtum was amazing, all the staff at the hospital was great. After 3 nights in hospital I was then discharged and put in a hotel for the night, which I was then able to go around Izmir to do some shopping. The next morning I was collected and took back to the airport. I travelled alone from England to Turkey for my surgey and not once did I feel at ease, everyone was so lovely. This has to be one of the best decision I have made.Anyone who is thinking about booking with this company, I would highly recommend them. The team have been so supportive, messaging and checking in on at all times, it's lovely to know they have stuck by me all the way.So thanks again to Global Medical care for a great experience *****Kashia Briggs
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Great ExperienceFrom the moment I contacted global medical they answered all my questions and got back to so quickly. Throughout my whole journey from start to finish I had updates and support when needed. Dr Yalim Uctum answered all my questions and visited me daily after my surgery. I went to turkey by myself and was put at ease throughout the whole journey. Couldn’t ask for a better team.

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Gastric SleeveFrom the moment I enquired with Global Medical Care I have received constant communication, flying to Turkey for surgery is very daunting, however we were made to feel welcome and relaxed. Our Dr has been incredible, he must have visited us 8/9 times during our stay, answering any questions, and really made me feel that he cared. Our translator Sammy was on hand to help with anything we needed and even a rep from GMC came and saw us and spent time with us. Gastric Sleeve is a big operation and the team made us feel so supported. Our surgeon has just text even after discharge. I can’t thank you all enough. My life has completely changed.

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I recommend GMC, from the moment I made contact to the present day I have been informed and monitored by the support team under Albert's management, and by the local team of doctors and interpreters (Asunam), on my arrival in Turkey I was taken care of in an irreproachable manner, transport, hotel, intervention, monitoring, departure, instructions for the days, weeks and months to come ... I am more than satisfied, now all I have to do is follow the steps over the coming months ...
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The best decision with global medical care team.Just on my last day before travelling back home to England, after having a gastric sleeve with Dr Yalim Ucktum via Global Medical Care. Right from the initial contact, I felt confident in my decision and comforted by every question answered by them. When we got to Turkey, everything was ready, the transfers were lovely big Mercedes, when we got to the hospital for our first night, our English translator was there straight away and ordered us dinner. We started with our first test which then carried on the next morning, there are so many tests and this was really reassuring. Our doctor came to visit us before our op and just is the loveliest man. The Global Medical Care team were also there, which was lovely as we had been speaking with them for so long. The op itself went really well, and we’ve had great after care from the whole team, including the doctor who kept coming to check on us. I would recommend over and over.AMY WINTER Gastric Sleeve
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FAQs

After bariatric surgery, it is crucial to follow your surgeon’s guidelines and recommendations regarding exercise. You’ll take easy, short walks while you’re in the hospital. Typically, you can start light physical activities, within the first few days after surgery. However, the specific timing and intensity of exercise will depend on your individual healing process and the type of bariatric surgery you underwent. It is best to consult with your surgeon for personalized advice on when and how to begin exercising after bariatric surgery. Listen to your body and your bariatric team.

Yes, that’s correct. Exercise can provide multiple benefits for individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery. Here are a few ways exercise can be beneficial:

a) Stress control: Regular exercise can help reduce stress levels and improve overall mental well-being. It releases endorphins, which are known as “feel-good” hormones, promoting a positive mood and stress relief.

b) Appetite control: Exercise can help regulate appetite and hunger cues. It may help decrease cravings and improve your ability to manage portion sizes and food choices.

c) Calorie burning: Engaging in physical activity helps burn calories, contributing to weight loss or weight management. It can enhance your overall calorie expenditure and assist in achieving your weight loss goals.

However, it’s important to remember that weight loss after bariatric surgery primarily depends on dietary changes and the surgical procedure itself. Exercise is a valuable complement to a healthy lifestyle and should be combined with a balanced diet and appropriate medical guidance.

Yes. Many bariatric surgeons put their patients on a special pre-operative diet, usually 2 or 3 weeks just before surgery. The reason for the pre-operative diet is to shrink the liver and reduce fat in the abdomen. The purpose of the pre-operative diet is to achieve certain goals, such as shrinking the liver and reducing fat in the abdomen, which can make the surgical procedure safer and more effective. These pre-surgery diets often focus on food education, preparing patients for the changes they will need to make post-surgery, and demonstrating a commitment to the overall process.

However, it is crucial to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet for optimal results and overall health. While occasional indulgences or “treats” may be possible, it is still important to focus on nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods. Following the guidance of your bariatric surgeon and a registered dietitian who specializes in bariatric nutrition will provide you with the most tailored and appropriate recommendations for your post-operative diet.

After weight loss surgery, it is generally recommended to wait 12-18 months before attempting to conceive. This waiting period allows your body to heal and stabilize after surgery, and it also ensures that you have reached a more stable weight, which is important for a healthy pregnancy.

Fertility can indeed improve after weight loss surgery, even with moderate weight loss. However, it’s important to note that each individual’s fertility and reproductive health can vary.

Regarding the health of the baby, research suggests that pregnancies after weight loss surgery have lower risks compared to pregnancies in women with obesity who have not had surgery. There is a reduced risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and the need for a cesarean section. Additionally, children born to mothers who have had weight loss surgery may have a lower risk of developing obesity later in life due to certain genes being activated during fetal growth.

The timeline for returning to work after weight loss surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the type of surgery performed, individual recovery progress, and the physical demands of your job. While some patients may be able to resume work within one to two weeks, others may require a longer recovery period.

It’s important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative guidelines and recommendations. They will provide you with specific instructions based on your surgery and individual circumstances. Some individuals may have jobs that involve physical exertion or heavy lifting, which may require a longer time off work to ensure proper healing and minimize any potential complications.

Hair loss after weight loss surgery is a relatively common occurrence, and it is typically temporary. It often happens between 3 and 6 months following surgery, and the exact causes are not fully understood.

Even if you diligently follow recommended post-surgery guidelines, including taking necessary supplements and meeting protein requirements, temporary hair loss may still be observed. This hair loss is generally a result of the body adjusting to rapid weight loss and changes in nutritional intake.

Ensuring an adequate intake of protein, vitamins, and minerals through your diet and supplements can help support hair regrowth and prevent long-term thinning. It’s essential to maintain a well-balanced diet and follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations regarding nutritional intake and supplementation.

While the hair loss may be distressing, it’s important to remember that it is usually temporary, and new hair growth should occur as your body stabilizes and adjusts to the changes.

Whether or not you will need or choose to have plastic surgery after weight loss surgery depends on several factors, including your individual circumstances, goals, and preferences.

Significant weight loss can lead to loose or excess skin in various areas of the body. This excess skin can affect body contour and may cause physical discomfort or hygiene issues for some individuals. In such cases, plastic surgery procedures, such as body contouring or skin removal surgeries, may be considered to address the excess skin and improve body shape.

However, it’s important to note that not everyone who undergoes weight loss surgery will require or desire plastic surgery. Some individuals may find that their skin naturally adapts over time, while others may choose to accept their new body shape without pursuing further surgical interventions.

Weight regain after weight loss surgery is a possibility, but it is not inevitable for most people. The success of long-term weight loss after surgery depends on various factors, including dietary habits, lifestyle changes, ongoing support, and physical activity.

While weight loss surgery can be highly effective in helping individuals achieve significant weight loss, it is not a standalone solution. It is a tool that, when combined with lifestyle modifications and behavior changes, can lead to sustainable weight loss and improved overall health.

To maintain long-term weight loss, it’s crucial to adhere to the recommended dietary guidelines, engage in regular physical activity, and seek ongoing support from healthcare professionals, such as registered dietitians or support groups. Building and maintaining healthy habits is key to sustaining weight loss over time.

It’s important to note that individual experiences can vary, and some people may face challenges with weight regain. However, with proper support and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, many individuals who undergo weight loss surgery can successfully maintain their weight loss in the long term. Regular follow-up appointments with your bariatric team can help follow up progress and provide guidance for sustained success.

Weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, can lead to significant initial weight loss, with patients often losing around 70% of their excess body weight. The long-term success rates for maintaining this weight loss vary, but studies have shown that a majority of patients can sustain at least 50% or more of their excess weight loss over time.

On the other hand, non-surgical weight loss attempts often have lower success rates in achieving and maintaining substantial weight loss. Many factors contribute to the challenges of long-term weight loss without surgery, including metabolic changes, hormonal imbalances, and difficulty in adhering to lifestyle modifications.

Weight loss surgery can have an impact on the management of certain medical conditions, and some individuals may be able to reduce or discontinue certain medications after surgery. However, the specific changes in medication will depend on various factors, including the type of surgery, individual health conditions, and the guidance of your healthcare provider.

For example, individuals with obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea may experience improvements or remission of these conditions following weight loss surgery. As a result, medication dosages or the need for certain medications may be adjusted.

It is common for individuals to require vitamin and mineral supplementation to ensure adequate nutrient intake and prevent deficiencies after weight loss surgery. The specific supplementation regimen will depend on the type of surgery performed and individual needs.

A multivitamin is typically recommended for long-term use after weight loss surgery to provide a broad range of essential vitamins and minerals. In addition to a multivitamin, specific supplements such as iron, calcium, and vitamin D may be needed at higher doses to address potential deficiencies.

Regular monitoring of vitamin and mineral levels through lab checks is important to identify any deficiencies or imbalances and adjust the supplementation regimen accordingly.

It’s important to consult with your bariatric team who specializes in bariatric nutrition for personalized guidance on the specific vitamin and mineral supplements you may need after weight loss surgery. They can provide recommendations tailored to your surgical procedure, individual needs, and ongoing health monitoring.

Weight loss surgery does not directly cause alcohol abuse, but there is evidence to suggest that it may increase the risk for alcohol-related problems in some individuals. It’s important to understand the potential relationship between weight loss surgery and alcohol use.

Some studies have shown an association between weight loss surgery, particularly gastric bypass surgery, and an increased risk for alcohol-related issues. The reasons for this association are not fully understood, but several possible factors may contribute:

a) Changes in alcohol metabolism: Following weight loss surgery, the body’s ability to metabolize alcohol may be altered. This can lead to a faster and more pronounced effect from alcohol consumption.

b) Psychological factors: Some individuals may turn to alcohol as a substitute for food or as a coping mechanism for emotional or psychological issues related to body image, self-esteem, or adjustment after surgery.

c) Changes in addictive behaviors: Weight loss surgery can trigger changes in brain chemistry and reward pathways, which may potentially affect addictive behaviors, including alcohol misuse.

It’s important for individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery to be aware of these potential risks and to monitor their alcohol consumption closely. It’s recommended to follow the guidelines provided by the bariatric team and to maintain open communication with them.

It is crucial to follow these guidelines to ensure your safety and well-being:

a) Avoid alcoholic beverages during the rapid weight loss period: During this time, it’s generally recommended to abstain from alcohol completely. Rapid weight loss can affect alcohol metabolism and increase the risk of intoxication.

b) Drink alcohol only rarely: Once the rapid weight loss period is over, it’s still important to consume alcohol in moderation, if at all. Be mindful of the potential effects of alcohol on your body and overall health.

c) Be aware of the impact of small amounts of alcohol: Even small quantities of alcohol can have a more pronounced effect after weight loss surgery. It’s important to recognize that you may become intoxicated more quickly and at lower amounts compared to before surgery.

d) Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery after drinking any alcohol: It’s crucial to prioritize your safety and the safety of others. Even if you feel less intoxicated than you are, it’s not safe to drive or engage in activities that require concentration and coordination after consuming alcohol.

e) Seek help if drinking becomes a problem: If you find that your alcohol consumption becomes problematic or if you experience difficulties in managing your alcohol intake, it’s important to seek help and support. Reach out to healthcare professionals, counselors, or support groups who specialize in addiction or post-weight loss surgery care.

Following these precautions and seeking assistance when needed can help ensure a safe and healthy recovery after weight loss surgery. Remember, the primary focus should be on adopting a balanced and healthy lifestyle that supports your long-term well-being.

The risk of dying from weight loss surgery is generally lower than the risk of dying from obesity-related health complications. While every surgical procedure carries some inherent risks, weight loss surgery is often considered a beneficial intervention for individuals with severe obesity.

Obesity itself is associated with numerous health risks and can significantly increase the chances of developing life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and other obesity-related diseases. These conditions can reduce life expectancy and have a significant impact on overall health and well-being.

Weight loss surgery, when performed by experienced surgeons in accredited centers, has been shown to effectively reduce weight and improve or resolve obesity-related health conditions. It can lead to improved quality of life, increased longevity, and a decrease in the risk of obesity-related complications.

It is encouraging to see that weight loss surgery can significantly reduce the risk of death and improve health outcomes for individuals with severe obesity.

The reduced risk of death from any cause, as well as the substantial reductions in death related to diabetes and heart disease, are significant benefits associated with weight loss surgery. These findings support the notion that the benefits of weight loss surgery often outweigh the risks, particularly for individuals with severe obesity who have not achieved adequate weight loss through non-surgical methods.

It’s important to remember that the decision to undergo weight loss surgery should be based on a comprehensive evaluation of individual health status, risks, and potential benefits. The bariatric team can help assess the risks of both obesity and surgery and support you in making an informed decision that aligns with your overall health goals.