Gastric Band Surgery in Turkey
Gastric band surgery, also known as “lap banding”, is one of the commonly used bariatric surgeries to treat obesity. It is performed with laparoscopic surgery and recovery is fast. The band can be removed if necessary.
During the surgery, an adjustable silicone band is placed on the upper part of the stomach. This band prevents food from passing quickly into the stomach. This way, you eat less and feel fuller for longer. This makes it easier for you to lose weight.
If you are considering a gastric band surgery in Turkey, contact us for a free and non-binding consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
Candidates for Gastric Band Surgery in Turkey
If you have obesity-related health problems, you may be a suitable candidate for gastric band surgery if you have tried and failed to lose weight with traditional weight loss methods such as diet, exercise and medication.
For gastric band surgery in Turkey, you must have a BMI of 35 or above. If you have health problems such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, you can also undergo surgery with a BMI between 30-35.
The gastric band is a weight loss aid. If you want to achieve successful results in the long term, you should be committed to diet and lifestyle changes after surgery.
Benefits and Advantages of Gastric Band Surgery
The gastric band surgery carries less risk than gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery. During the operation, no intervention is performed on the stomach or intestines. The digestive system remains unchanged. Therefore, recovery is faster.
The gastric band is a completely reversible procedure, unlike gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery. The band can be removed or adjusted as required.
With the gastric band, you can lose about 40-50% of your excess weight. But remember that each person is unique and the results may vary from person to person. With the gastric band, long-term weight loss will improve your obesity-related health problems.
Recovery and Nutrition after Gastric Band Surgery
Gastric band surgery usually takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour. You will stay in the hospital for 1 night after the surgery. After about 4-6 hours you will start walking and drinking fluids. You may have pain during this process, but painkillers will help.
After the surgery, you will switch to a liquid diet. You will consume clear liquids for the first few days. Afterwards, you will gradually switch to soft foods and then gradually to solid foods
You can usually return to work and normal activities 1 week after the gastric band surgery. Recovery takes about 2 weeks. You should avoid heavy lifting or intense exercise during this period.
Risks and Complications of the Gastric Band Surgery
In the first days after the gastric band surgery, you may experience adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea. These are usually temporary and can be controlled with medication.
Complications of a gastric band are rare but can include the following: Your gastric band may dislodge or slip. Band leakage may occur. There could be a band infection. In these cases, the band may need to be removed or corrected.
Gastric bands can rarely cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Gastroesophageal reflux can usually be treated with medication, but in some severe cases it may be necessary to remove the gastric band.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Band Surgery
How much weight can I lose after a gastric band surgery?
Weight loss results after a gastric band surgery vary from patient to patient. Depending on diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, most patients lose about 40-50% of their excess weight by the end of the first year.
How many years does the gastric band last?
Gastric bands are designed to last a lifetime, but most patients remove their gastric bands after the first few years due to decreased weight loss and various digestive problems. Weight loss with a gastric band is slower than with gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery.
How much should I weigh for a gastric band in Turkey?
For a gastric band surgery in Turkey, you must have a BMI of 30 and above. You can use our BMI calculator to determine your current BMI.
How much does a gastric band surgery in Turkey cost?
The cost of a gastric band surgery in Turkey varies depending on various factors such as the type of the gastric band, the experience and expertise of the surgeon who will perform the procedure, the hospital, equipment and service quality. The prices are usually between £3,000 and £3,500.
Can I get pregnant if I have a gastric band?
You can get pregnant after a gastric band surgery. The band may need to be adjusted during your pregnancy. For a healthy pregnancy, we recommend that you consider getting pregnant after you have reached your ideal weight.
Can the gastric band be removed?
You can have the gastric band removed at any time. However, you may gain weight again because your stomach volume will increase. You should therefore stick to your diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.
How long do I need to stay in Turkey for a gastric band surgery?
You need to stay in Turkey for a total of 4 days for the gastric band surgery. You will spend the first day in hospital. Then you will stay in our partner hotel for 3 days.
Is a gastric band surgery painful?
You can expect mild to moderate pain in the abdomen after a gastric band surgery, but it is controlled in a short time with painkillers. Since intubation is performed during the surgery, you may have a pain in your throat caused by the breathing tube.