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Laparoscopic Surgery for weight loss in Istanbul

Introduced in 1901 by surgeon Georg Kelling, a laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for operating inside the abdomen or pelvis. It is also known as a keyhole surgery because surgeons make keyhole-sized small incisions on the abdomen for weight loss surgeries. As opposed to open surgeries, laparoscopic procedures are less painful and allow the patient to recover much faster with less time in the hospital.

Laparoscopic surgery is a common approach for bariatric or weight loss procedures. Most of the bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, mini bypass, and biliopancreatic diversion are performed laparoscopically. It is a more popular choice these days due to less blood loss, lower germ transmission possibility, shorter operating time, and recovery time. According to a survey by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, about 99.3% of the bariatric operations in 2018 were performed laparoscopically.

Laparoscopy is a surgical technique in which several keyhole-sized incisions are made on the abdomen or pelvis. Laparoscope surgery for bariatrics involves modifying the stomach and intestines to induce weight loss. It is a minimally invasive surgical technique to shrink the stomach and reroute the intestines. It allows the body to change the way it consumes and digests food for body fat reduction. Overall, laparoscopic surgery is a less painful and shorter procedure with a faster recovery period. 

4 types of bariatric procedures are performed laparoscopically. The procedure is different for each bariatric surgery but they are all performed laparoscopically.

Also known as Roux-en-Y surgery, this bariatric surgery involves shrinking the stomach and connecting it to the small intestine. The entire procedure is performed laparoscopically and requires minimum and smaller abdominal incisions. As opposed to an open surgery, it is a shorter and less invasive surgery while the recovery period is also much shorter.

A sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve is a bariatric surgery performed laparoscopically. In this procedure, surgeons operate inside the abdomen with the help of a laparoscope, a medical tool with a camera on its tip. With a laparoscope, they do not have to make bigger incisions on the abdomen. Surgeons remove 80% of the stomach and the rest of it serves as the functional stomach in the shape of a sleeve. As with the rest of bariatric procedures, a sleeve gastrectomy also restricts food intake and suppresses hunger hormones.

A short and quick bariatric procedure, a gastric band is performed laparoscopically within 30 to 45 minutes on average. It is the least invasive weight loss surgery because the stomach is not physically separated. A silicone band is placed on the top part of the stomach to restrict space for food. A laparoscope is used to insert the band, inflating and adjusting it.

Also known as a duodenum switch, this bariatric surgery involves shrinking the stomach and changing the length of the small intestine. It changes the way your body consumes, digests, and absorbs food. This weight loss surgery is also a laparoscopic procedure with small incisions on the abdomen rather than a fully open surgery.

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What is the procedure for a laparoscopic bariatric surgery?

Laparoscopy or laparoscopic bariatric surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to modify the stomach and digestive system. It is a much simpler, faster, and less painful procedure as opposed to an open surgery that takes weeks or sometimes months for recovery.

In the first part of the procedure, the surgeon first makes keyhole-sized incisions on the abdomen. Surgical tools and apparatus are transferred via these incisions to make changes to the stomach and intestines. The incisions are closed in the end and left to heal.

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The surgery time for each laparoscopic bariatric procedure differs. More complex procedures such as Duodenal Switch and Sleeve Gastrectomy take 3 to 4 hours on average. A gastric bypass and gastric band are shorter laparoscopic procedures averaging between 1 to 2 hours maximum.

Laparoscopic procedureDuration
Gastric Bypass1 to 2 hours
Sleeve Gastrectomy2 to 3 hours
Gastric band1 hour
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch3 to 4 hours


A good candidate for a laparoscopic bariatric surgery is someone who is obese or overweight. You qualify for laparoscopic bariatric surgery if your Body Mass Index (BMI) lies somewhere between 35 to 50. You can also be a candidate for laparoscopic weight loss surgeries if your BMI is over 35 and you struggle with at least one obesity-related co-morbidity.

Typically, there are 2 to 3 steps involved in laparoscopic bariatric surgery. They are as follows:

  • Keyhole sized Abdominal Incisions
  • Surgical Apparatus Insertion
  • Intestinal Rerouting
  • Abdominal Closure

Weight loss differs in each laparoscopic bariatric surgery. You can lose about 70% of excessive weight in 2 years with a gastric bypass and sleeve procedure. On the contrary, more than 80% weight loss can occur with a Duodenum Switch surgery. The gastric band, however, causes the least amount of weight loss because it needs replacement every 6 months.

Laparoscopy or laparoscopic surgeries are minimally invasive and cause less pain to the patient. Recovery is much faster and the patient can go back to their normal life much earlier than with an open surgery. Caution is advised for a few weeks but usually, patients go back to their daily activities much faster than open surgery.

Laparoscopic bariatric procedures are relatively safer than open surgeries. They are minimally invasive and post-operative recovery time is much shorter. According to studies, laparoscopic surgery lowered the risk of wound infection by 79% and incisional hernia by 89% as opposed to open surgery.

Modern-day medicine is all about finding quick and effective solutions. Most surgeons today prefer laparoscopic surgeries because they are quicker and more advanced. Most importantly, the recovery time is much shorter and patients tend to feel much better in just a few days rather than months.

Laparoscopic surgeries are minimally invasive and require small keyhole-sized incisions on the abdomen. Most patients are discharged after 2 to 3 days on average as the wounds heal much faster. The patients can also get back to regular activities such as exercise after a month. However, the recovery period may differ from patient to patient according to their health.

Laparoscopy is among the least invasive surgeries but it does carry a few risks. A few common risks associated with laparoscopic surgery include perforation of the esophagus or stomach, abdominal inflammation, blood clots, bleeding, etc. However, serious complications very rarely occur and laparoscopy is one of the safest surgical techniques.

The cost of laparoscopic weight loss surgeries differs from procedure to procedure. The average cost of laparoscopic bariatric surgeries lies between $12,000 to $25,000 in the UK and the US. Turkey is among the more affordable options with prices ranging between $3000 and $5000.

Laparoscopic procedure

Average cost in Turkey

Average cost in the US

Average cost in Europe

Gastric Bypass

$3000 – $5000

$15,000 – $35,000

$12,000 – $18,000

Gastric Sleeve

$3,500 – $5,500

$18,000 – $20,000

$15,000 – $18,000

Biliopancreatic Diversion with DS


$3000 – $6000


$15,000 – $25,000


$15,000 – $20,000

Gastric band

$2000 – $5000

$15,000 – $35,000

$10,000 – $15,000


Where in Turkey can you go for a Laparoscopic Surgery?

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 should you get laparoscopic 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 strategic location between Asia and Europe makes it an important location for the entire world. Istanbul’s airport serves as a pivotal transit hub, offering flight connections to almost anywhere in the world. More importantly, Istanbul is just a brief 3-hour flight from most European countries.

Istanbul also offers a well-established medical tourism sector with proficient clinics and agencies that plan the entire trip for patients. Comprehensive packages are available including everything from hotel reservations to airport transfers, hospital transfers, and language translation services.

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Dixi Health perform laparoscopic bariatric surgery treatments in Istanbul Turkey.

Both holiday and treatment.
Lastly, Istanbul presents an enticing vacation spot, steeped in rich cultural history and offers a plethora of tourist activities to enhance the overall experience.

Transform your Health and Beauty!

  Good health and beauty are two very important facets of your personality. Istanbul is home to a diverse array of clinics and hospitals that excel in bariatric surgery. Thousands of patients undergo these procedures to enhance their health. If you’re also seeking to rejuvenate your health and boost your self-confidence, Istanbul is waiting to help you get started on your weight loss transformation.

What are the Steps of Laparoscopic Surgery?

Are you thinking of having Laparoscopic bariatric 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 Laparoscopic Surgery

After all the necessary tests, you will be ready for surgery. Laparoscopic Bariatric 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.

Dixi Travel look forward to serving you.

Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Laparoscopic Surgery:

Yes, it is, gastric sleeve is performed laparoscopically under general anesthesia.

Laparoscopy is a surgical technique used in bariatric procedures. Laparoscopic bariatric procedures help you lose weight by shrinking your stomach and modifying your digestive system. Laparoscopic bariatric surgeries are minimally invasive and the recovery period is much quicker.

Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve are both weight-loss surgeries and are performed laparoscopically. Weight loss with a gastric sleeve is relatively slower than gastric bypass. Your doctor can guide you the best when it comes to choosing a surgery for weight loss.

Laparoscopic bariatric surgeries are suitable for weight loss in obese and overweight people.

Each laparoscopic bariatric surgery offers its pros and cons. Your doctor can help you choose the best option for you according to your goals and health.

While laparoscopic surgery is one of the safest surgical techniques, it does have a few disadvantages. Due to a restricted range of movement from the small incisions, damage to organs, adhesions, blood clots, and bleeding may occur. However, complications are very rare in laparoscopic surgeries.

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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Bariatric surgery is one of the world’s most popular treatments for weight loss and management. Our tailored services are crafted to guide you in discovering top-tier bariatric surgeons in Turkey. Reach out to us now to embark on your path toward a healthier, rejuvenated self!

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