Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

This article was medically reviewed by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Türkoğlu

Advantages of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band in Turkey

  • Access to advanced medical technology and experienced surgeons.
  • More affordable than many Western countries.
  • The chance to recuperate in a culturally rich environment.
Country Avg. Cost (USD)
Turkey $4,500
United Kingdom $15,000
USA $12,000
Germany $10,000
General Surgeon
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Türkoğlu

General Surgery

Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Gastric Band Surgery

Reyap Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, stands out as a leading center for Gastric Sleeve surgery due to several key factors:

  1. Expert Medical Team: Our surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in advanced bariatric procedures, ensuring safe and effective treatment.
  2. State-of-the-Art Facilities: We offer cutting-edge medical technology and comfortable facilities to enhance patient care and recovery.
  3. Personalized Care: Each patient receives a tailored treatment plan, ensuring that individual health needs and goals are met.
  4. Comprehensive Support: From pre-surgery consultations to post-operative care and nutritional guidance, our team provides continuous support.
  5. Proven Track Record: Our success rates in obesity surgery are a testament to our commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction.

Yes, it is generally cheaper to get Gastric Sleeve surgery in Turkey compared to many other countries, particularly those in Western Europe and North America. This cost difference has several contributing factors:

  1. Lower Operating Costs: The overall cost of living and operating a medical facility in Turkey is lower than in many Western countries. This allows hospitals to offer surgeries at more affordable prices.
  2. Competitive Pricing: Turkish medical facilities often offer competitive pricing to attract international patients, making the cost of procedures like weight loss surgery more budget-friendly.
  3. Inclusive Packages: Many hospitals and clinics in Turkey offer comprehensive packages for weight loss surgery. These packages can include the surgery itself, pre- and post-operative care, hospital stay, and sometimes even accommodation and transport for international patients, providing significant savings.
  4. High Quality at Lower Costs: Despite the lower prices, the quality of healthcare, including advanced medical technology and highly qualified surgeons, is comparable to that in more expensive countries.

At Reyap Hospital, patient safety is our highest priority. We adhere to international medical standards and practices. Our experienced surgical teams use state-of-the-art technology to ensure safe and effective treatment.

The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band is a surgical device placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch that limits food intake. The band’s tightness can be adjusted by adding or removing saline through a port under the skin, which helps control hunger and promotes weight loss over time.

Recovery from LAGB surgery is relatively quick compared to other weight loss surgeries. Most patients can return home within 24 hours after the procedure and can usually resume normal activities within a week, although full recovery may take several weeks.

While LAGB is considered less invasive and has a lower complication rate than other bariatric surgeries, risks still include band slippage or erosion, infection at the port site, nausea and vomiting, and in rare cases, damage to the stomach.

Adjustments to the gastric band are typically needed periodically to ensure optimal weight loss and comfort. The frequency of adjustments varies among individuals but may occur every few months during the first year and less often as time goes on, based on weight loss progress and symptoms.

After LAGB surgery, patients must adopt a phased diet, starting with liquids, then moving to pureed foods, and eventually to solid foods. Long-term dietary changes include eating smaller portions, chewing food thoroughly, avoiding high-calorie liquids, and focusing on nutrient-rich foods to prevent nutrient deficiencies.

Yes, one of the advantages of LAGB is that it is reversible. The band can be surgically removed if necessary, and the stomach generally returns to its original form. Removal may be considered in cases of complications or inadequate weight loss.

Weight loss with LAGB is typically gradual, with most patients losing 40-50% of their excess weight over two to three years. Successful weight loss also depends on adherence to dietary guidelines and lifestyle changes, including regular physical activity.

LAGB can lead to significant improvements in obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and joint pain. Many patients experience reduced symptoms or remission of these conditions as they lose weight and adopt healthier lifestyles.

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