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Gastric Band Surgery in Istanbul

Also known as Lap Band, Gastric Band Surgery is a weight-loss treatment to help obese or overweight people lose weight. It is one of the bariatric procedures that focuses on restrictive food consumption to lose weight. It involves reducing the size of the stomach by placing an inflatable silicone band called a Lap Band around the stomach. The band is connected to a port that is placed underneath the skin on the abdominal wall.

A gastric band is relatively a less invasive procedure because the stomach is reduced without permanently dividing it. This weight loss treatment is recognized on a global level and approved by America’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The surgery also helps treat and radically improve various obesity-related comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, etc. Here is all you need to know about the gastric band surgery:

A gastric band surgery is a type of weight loss procedure that reduces your stomach for losing weight. An inflatable silicone band known as a lap band is placed around the stomach to restrict food intake. The band creates a small pouch at the beginning of the stomach to reduce the space for food. It only allows a limited amount of food to enter your stomach leading to visible weight loss.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and keyhole procedure that does not require big incisions on the abdomen. A laparoscope is a long and flexible medical instrument with a camera on its tip. It allows surgeons to monitor the insides of the abdomen and operate easily without fully opening the body. An inflatable silicone band is inserted with a laparoscope and attached around the stomach.

The laparoscopic gastric band procedure takes 1 to 2 hours on average under general anesthesia. Since the procedure is relatively less invasive, the recovery time is minimal as well.

A gastric band is suitable for obese and overweight individuals with a BMI between 30 to 40. You are also suitable for this surgery if you struggle with at least one obesity-related comorbidity such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, etc. Since it is a mildly invasive procedure and also reversible, people looking to lose a few pounds can also discuss their options with the doctor.

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What are the steps in a Gastric band surgery?

There are two steps involved in a gastric band procedure. An inflatable silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. The band is adjusted and tightened after its placement to make the stomach smaller.

  • Band Placement: The surgeon first makes keyhole incisions on the abdomen and inserts the band with a laparoscope. The band is fastened around the stomach which forms a small pouch to restrict the stomach’s capacity. The band comes with a port that is placed underneath the skin in the abdominal wall.

  • Band Adjustment: After 3 to 4 weeks the patient is called in again for band adjustment if needed. The adjustment or gastric band tightening is done by injecting fluids into the port. For more details about the procedure, you can get in touch with your doctor.

A person can lose about 40% to 50% of their excessive weight after a gastric band. Believe it or not, losing around 30 to 40 lbs with this surgery is possible within a year. It may differ from person to person according to their lifestyle habits. A low-calorie diet and a consistent workout routine are crucial for weight loss and management.

A gastric band surgery is one of the less complicated and safer procedures for weight loss. It is an FDA-approved procedure with less than 0.5% mortality rates reported. 

Like most bariatric surgeries, gastric banding also has certain pros and cons. Here are some of the better-known pros and cons related to the gastral banding procedure:

The Pros of Gastric Band:

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Reversible procedure
  • Adjustable procedure
  • 50% – 60% weight loss
  • No nutritional deficiencies

The Cons of Gastric Band:

  • Limited and slower weight loss
  • Weight regain
  • Acid Reflux
  • Fear of infections

Gastric sleeve and gastric band are both popular choices for weight loss. Comparatively, gastric sleeve leads to quicker and more significant weight loss than with gastric band. With a gastric sleeve, you can lose about 70% to 80% in a year whereas 50% to 60% with a gastric band. On the other hand, gastric band surgery is less invasive and is reversible whereas gastric sleeve surgery is not.

Turkey’s robust healthcare system is heavily regulated by the Turkish Health Ministry. The country’s track record in bariatric surgery safety is exemplary and shows minimal complication rates and a high rate of successful outcomes. Medical tourism is a significant component of Turkey’s tourism industry. The health sector is trained to deliver top-tier care to patients, ensuring their well-being and satisfaction.

Where in Turkey can you go for a Gastric Band?

Turkey is known for its dynamic and robust medical tourism sector. State-of-the-art and modern medical facilities are available throughout Turkey. The most popular cities for gastric band surgery are Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, and Ankara.

How much does a gastric band cost in Turkey?

One of the benefits of getting medical procedures done in Turkey is affordable costs. A gastric band is a common weight-loss procedure and the cost of this procedure is around $3000 to $6000 on average. The cost of gastric band in other parts of the world such as the US is around $12,000 to $15,000 on average. Overall, you save around 50% to 70% of the cost if you choose to come to Turkey for this procedure.

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Why weight loss surgery in Istanbul?

Istanbul is one of the most prominent destinations in the world for medical tourism. It is among the top 5 most preferred medical tourism hubs in the world. Istanbul and other cities in Turkey attract 1.2 million visitors annually seeking various medical services. The cost of procedures is also 80% lower than in other countries. According to the Turkish Health Ministry:

  • In 2021, around 670,730 people flew to Turkey for various medical procedures. The total income achieved by the medical tourism sector was $1,726,973.
  • In 2022, about 1,258,382 people visited Turkey to receive different medical services. The total income in the same year amounted to $2,119,059.
  • So far in 2023, around 7,46,290 people have already chosen Turkey as their medical destination. The total income this year so far is $1,033,942.

Istanbul’s geographical location between Asia and Europe makes it a favorable destination for many. Istanbul Airport serves as a major transit point, offering numerous flight connections to almost all destinations. Moreover, it’s just a short, under three-hour flight from most European countries.

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Enhance your Health and Beauty in Istanbul

Your health is among your most valuable assets and it is important to prioritize it. Istanbul is a perfect destination, renowned for its numerous clinics and hospitals offering bariatric surgeries. A substantial number of individuals opt for Istanbul for weight loss treatments, witnessing remarkable results. If you’re also committed to enhancing your well-being and beauty, Istanbul offers the perfect setting to rejuvenate your health.

What are the Steps of Gastric Band?

Are you thinking of having Gastric band surgery in Istanbul? Here is what you need to know about the process…

Step 1 : Contacting the Patient Representative for Information

You can contact our patient counselor for help with:

  • Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Collecting information about your health history
  • You can get detailed information about obesity surgeries, especially Gastric Bypass, and determine the most suitable option for you.

Once your health history has been meticulously checked by our experienced doctors and you have been approved for surgery, you can proceed to the next stages of your treatment.

We are here to provide you with the best health care.

Step 2 – Airport Reception and Hospitalization

Upon arrival in Istanbul, our welcome team will be waiting for you at the airport. Our VIP transfer vehicle will take you to the hospital, which is only a 5-minute drive away. We will take care of all the details such as hospitalization and surgery procedures that need to be done at the hospital. We will also be with you to sign the necessary documents related to your surgery. Your health is our priority and we are here for you.

Step 3 – Tests and Consultation with Your Doctor

We will perform the following examinations to make sure you are ready for the operation:

  • Lung X-ray
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Blood test
  • Electrocardiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Body mass index calculation

After your examinations, you will be interviewed by psychiatrists, internists and anesthesiologists.

Step 4 – Endoscopy and Biliopancreatic Diversion

After all the necessary tests, you will be ready for surgery. Gastric Band  surgery is a weight loss procedure that helps you lose weight by changing the way your stomach and small intestine process the food you eat. Here’s what happens during surgery:

  • During the procedure, you will be given general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep and keep you pain-free.
  • The surgeon will make several small cuts in your abdomen and insert a laparoscope – a thin, lighted tube with a camera inside – and other surgical instruments.
  • The surgeon will then use these instruments to make a small cut at the top of your stomach that can hold about one ounce of food. This reduces the amount of food you eat and makes you feel full sooner.
  • The surgeon will then cut your small intestine and connect it to the newly created stomach pouch. This allows food to bypass part of your small intestine, which reduces the amount of calories and nutrients your body absorbs.

The surgery usually takes around 2-3 hours and most patients stay in the hospital for 3-4 days to recover after surgery. During this time, you will be cared for by our experienced medical staff and closely monitored for any signs of complications.

Step 5 – Hospital Discharge

After your surgery is complete, you will stay in our hospital for a few days to recover. During your hospital stay, the following will happen:

  • You will be given pain medication to relieve any discomfort or pain you may feel after the surgery.
  • Our medical staff will check your vital signs and make sure you are recovering normally.
  • You will be encouraged to get up and move around to prevent blood clots and improve circulation.
  • Our bariatric dietitian will provide you with nutritional advice and help you transition to a new diet.

Step 6 – Accommodation in Our Contracted Hotel

Our contracted hotel provides:

  • 5-star comfort and service quality and a comfortable stay.
  • 24/7 room services and internet access.
  • Spa, gym, and recreational facilities to help you recover physically and mentally.

Gastric Band Surgery is a safe and effective way to improve your health and open the doors to a healthier life. We will be happy to be with you as you take your first step to a healthier life.

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Gastric Band Surgery FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Gastric Band surgery:

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery is one of the less invasive procedures for weight loss. It is an ideal treatment for someone who is overweight and has not been able to do so through traditional methods. You can lose around 50% to 70% of your excessive weight through a gastric band. You can continue to lose weight for up to 2 years if you stick to a healthy diet and consistent workout routine.

Gastric band hypnosis or virtual hypno-band is a hypnotherapy weight loss treatment. It works by making the subconscious believe that a gastric band is fitted around one’s stomach. The idea is to alter people’s attitudes towards food so that they eat less and their appetite decreases. While it doesn’t guarantee 100% success in weight loss, it encourages self-control and positive eating habits.

The gastric band procedure is minimally invasive and can be reversed whenever the patient wants. It is easier to reverse a gastric band because the stomach is surgically not removed or separated. Your doctor can guide you the best on gastric band reversal and whether or not it will work for you.

The first gastric band prodecure was invented by Wilkinson and Peloso in 1978. In the early years, only non-adjustable gastric bands were available to patients.

Gastric banding is a popular and FDA-approved weight loss procedure. At the moment numerous countries offer this medical procedure. Turkey stands among the top 10 destinations known for its expertise in weight loss surgeries. Internationally trained and certified bariatric surgeons in Turkey perform gastric band surgery almost every day. Turkey is also one of the most affordable places to get a gastric band with prices 70% to 80% lower than in other parts of the world.

A gastric band lasts for a lifetime unless certain complications occur and the doctor may advise you to get it removed.

Patients are advised to stay away from alcohol for at least 6 months. However, it is best to confirm with your doctor.

A gastric band reduces GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) in many cases because of weight loss and less food intake.

Weight loss surgeries are known to boost fertility and may increase your chances of conceiving. However, if you are pregnant and would like to get a gastric band, we recommend you consult your doctor for proper information.

Bariatric surgery stands out as one of the most effective medical interventions for weight loss. Our specialized services focus on connecting you with top-tier surgeons in Turkey who specialize in weight loss procedures. Don’t hesitate kickstart your journey towards a healthier, happier you with Dixi Health today!

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