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Sleeve Gastrectomy Istanbul, Turkey

Sleeve Gastrectomy Turkey: Overview

Gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric surgery that is performed by cutting a part of your stomach to create a smaller chambre. It is one of the most applied bariatric surgeries both worldwide and Turkey. If you are wondering why is it so prevalent you will find the information about it.

Obesity is one of the most annoying problems for many people around the world, not just because of the changing in shape, face, or body that comes after it, but also because of the health problem that can be caused by it.
Believe it or not, obesity is a very important reason and might be the direct reason for most of the strokes, blood sugar, blood pressure problems, breathing problems, stomach problems, and many other health problems. 

Old school traditional ways that involve diet and daily exercises could not achieve what the patients have been expecting. It is because every patient requires different types of diet or exercises and some patients simply will not get any advantage of diet and daily exercises. On the other hand, bariatric surgery or as it is called “ weight loss surgery “ achieves the same result for all the patients regardless of their case.
Of course, it is better to see if the diet or daily exercises can give you what you’re looking for before, because a surgery is better to be the last option since it is a surgery and requires you to go to hospital and stay there.

The basic idea of any bariatric surgery is to reduce the volume of the stomach or to decrease the amount of food being consumed by the patient to come up with weight loss as a final result. This can be done using several methods or types that differ in its details but share the same goal. Here are the types of weight loss surgery that we do in Istanbul Bariatric Center:

  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Bypass gastric surgery
  • Adjustable band surgery
  • Duodenal switch

Gastric Sleeve surgery is probably one of the most reliable and preferred types of weight loss surgery in Turkey.

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

It is a type of weight loss surgery that involves cutting a part of your stomach to create a smaller chambre.

This surgery is done after using a general anesthesia to make sure you don’t feel the pain. The surgeon will divide your stomach into two unequal parts and remove the larger part of the stomach which is almost 75% to 80% of the stomach volume.

The remaining 30 to 20% will be sutured together creating a banana shaped small stomach. 

The steps are few but the surgery is complicated actually so you need to stay at the hospital for the next 24 hours just to make sure that you’re not complaining of any side effects or health problems, the small incision in your abdomen will heal fast and you will be able to get back to your normal activities in three to four days. In fact, this type of weight loss surgery is considered to be one of the fastest recovery. 

Is it really effective?

To be honest, it is way more effective than diets and daily exercises.after the surgery, your stomach will be definitely smaller which will make you consume less amount of food and make you feel full sooner. In addition, the removed part include hormone that is responsible for hunger feelings so when 80% of the stomach is removed this hormone will be reduced and the feeling of hunger will also be reduced.
According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, people who do this type of weight loss surgery lose 50 to 60% of their weight and some of them have lost 70% of their weight. Still, always remember that in order to get the perfect result of this surgery you need to follow the det and health system that the doctor tells you. 

Who is qualified for gastric sleeve surgery:

Anyone who complains of obesity can do this surgery but after attempting the old school traditional ways like diets and daily exercises because a surgery is not something easy no matter what it is. In addition, you must meet the criteria for weight loss surgery and measure your obesity using the BMI Index. If your score is 40 and higher then you definitely need a bariatric surgery. While if you score between 35 to 39, then you might solve the problem without doing a surgery. 

Does gastric sleeve surgery have any risks?

Gastric Sleeve Surgery is known to be safe, however, just like any other field surgery there are few risks to mention.

  • Bleeding from the inside of the stomach or the surgical wound.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis: or DVT which is blood clot forming in your vine during the procedure or during the recovery process.
  • irregular heartbeat: some surgeries can lead to an irregular heartbeat during the surgery.
  • Gastric Leaks: the stomach fluids can leak from the suture line in your stomach.
  • stenosis: which means that a part of your stomach might close causing an obstruction in your stomach.
  • vitamin deficiency: the removed part of your stomach is partially responsible for vitamin absorption so when you lose this part, the vitamins in your body will decrease and you will feel needy for them. 

In the end, you should know that in order to have pleasant results you must follow the doctor’s recommendations and diet program, otherwise, you will not be able to see the true pleasant results. When you have a sleeve gastrectomy operation in Istanbul Bariatric Center, you will be under supervision for at least 7 days. In addition, always remember to share all of the important information with your doctor including your medical history report to avoid any side effects whether during the surgery or after it. 

Short FAQs

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric Sleeve surgery is a type of obesity surgery that removes 75 to 80% of the stomach and it is now the most preferred surgery in the United States of America.

How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery done?

The idea of gastric sleeve surgery is to reduce the volume of the stomach and this is done by making small incisions in the abdominal wall to reach the stomach, once the medical team reach it they will insert a bougle tube in the stomach to work as the new stomach and then cut the rest of stomach’s volume. 

Will the weight I lost last after the surgery?

Despite that Gastric Sleeve surgery is a new type compared to other types, but it is actually one of the most successful types and for most of the patients who have done this procedure, the weight loss lasted for more than 5 years. Of course, it is related to the commitment of the patient.

What is the recovery time after the surgery?

Recovery time depends on your condition but most patients stay at the hospital for one-two days and then be discharged from the hospital.

Can I do some heavy activities or go to work after recovery time?

Going back home does not mean that you are capable of doing hard activities or go to work. You should take some rest for about five to even days and once your body is adjusted to the Bougle tube inside of it then you can do different activities with no problems.

Is there any diet that i have to do after the surgery?

Well, the gastric sleeve surgery is not the cure for obesity but it helps in curing it. Thus, you should follow diet program that is suggested by your doctor or medical team in order to come up with satisfying results otherwise it might not provide you what you are looking for.

Do I need to take any Vitamins after the surgery?

The researches have shown that nutrient deficiency is one of the side effects that happen to many patients. Thus, it is important to take Vitamins and mineral supplements but only the ones that your doctor says. In addition, during your preparation of your surgery you will take some education regarding using Vitamins and how to change your lifestyle in a way that helps you losing weight.
Is it true that hair loss is one of the side effects after gastric sleeve surgery?
If your weight loss is rapid then yes you might experience some hair loss but it will grow again so it is not something to be afraid of. Just avoid hair treatments and always eat food that contain a large amount of protein

What are the side effects of Gastric Sleeve surgery?

There are several side effects of this surgery such as: Diarrhea (which is common during liquid diet stages ), hair loss (if weight loss happens fast), back pain, vomiting (for the first one week) and nausea.
These side effects are not to be afraid of as they stop appearing after your body adjust to the new situation.

Can I drink alcohol or smoke after the surgery?

Studies suggest that you do not drink alcohol or smoke because it helps in damaging your stomach and can cause bleeding, in fact, satiric food is not a very good advice because in the long term it can cause some problems in your stomach.

What if I experience pain in different areas of my body?

You will experience some pain under the ribs and back. If you cannot take it anymore you can visit your doctor or medical team to describe some medication.

Is it covered by the insurance companies?

In most countries, gastric sleeve surgery is not covered by insurance companies unless it is being done due to severe health problems then the company might cover it. 

Why Turkey to be chosen for gastric sleeve?

Turkey is very popular destionation for gastric sleeve surgeries and there are two main reasons for it:
1. In Turkey, sleeve gastrectomy prices is very affordable like many other treatments
2. Despite its reasonable prices the health quality requlations and accreditation standards are fairly high in Turkey.

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