Gastric band

The surgeon puts a small band around the top of your stomach. The band has a small balloon inside it that controls how tight or loose the band is. The band limits how much food can go into your stomach. This surgery is done using a laparoscope.

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Gastric band abroad

Adjustable gastric banding is considered to be one of the least invasive surgery for weight loss. The procedure involves placing an implant, a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon around the upper part of the stomach. A person eats enough food only to fill the top part of the stomach. Over time, after the meal, the food passes through the opening of the band into the remainder of the stomach, and digestion continues normally. This way you will feel fuller much sooner and can prevent yourself from overeating.

If the operation is successful, you are expected to achieve long-term weight loss results. However, this heavily depends on your ability to keep up with your new lifestyle. Long-term weight loss should improve any obesity-related health problems you may have such as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes.

Gastric band abroad in short

  • Gastric band, essentially, a minimally invasive operation which results in loosing excess weight when diets or exercising gives no results
  • It’s done under general anesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
  • The surgery takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • All-included price: €4100 / £3,645 (see the exact price table below)

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FAQs about gastric band surgery abroad

What's gastric band surgery?

Gastric band surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 1 to two hours to complete. The surgeon uses laparoscopy (which involves small cuts in the belly) or keyhole surgery to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with about an inch-wide outlet. After banding, the stomach can hold only about an ounce of food.

Who is a good candidate for gastric band surgery?

You typically qualify for bariatric surgery if you have a BMI higher than 35.BMI of 30 to 35 is considered sufficient for undergoing gastric band surgery if a patient is present with type 2 diabetes or arterial hypertension.

Why do people go for surgery abroad?

Patients go for gastric band abroad for multiple reasons. Main ones being:

  • There are no (or very short) waiting lines for bariatric surgeries
  • Individual attention from the surgeons
  • Recommendations from previous patients, friends or family
  • Top quality service for affordable prices
  • Possibility for a refund from your local health board

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Will I be insured?

Yes, absolutely. Every patient of our clinic is insured by a sum of €50,000. The cover is against injury as a result of medical services.

Why is gastric band cost lower in your clinic?

Our clinic is not based in the centre of Stockholm or London, and does not have to pay eye-watering rents. We also work with a limited number of patients and do not waste massive sums on marketing. Therefore, you pay only for the surgery & world-class rehabilitation (and not for an expensive location or advertising on TV or in the tube).

At the same time you get an all-inclusive package (making your travel stress-free) when booking with us.

Is it safe?

Getting the surgery abroad involves similar risks as getting the surgery at home. For that reason, we recommend to always check the following:

  • The surgeons and their credentials. Preferably, ask for an online consultation to meet your surgeon before going abroad
  • What do the previous patients say about the clinic and their experience
  • Whether you will be insured

Never base your decision on the price alone.

Can I get a refund from my local health board?

You can have your surgery done for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. We are helping patients with the documentation needed in order to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. Patients usually choose this route because of the long waiting list in their country of origin.

How soon can I travel back home after gastric band?

Most of the patients can travel back 6-8 days after the surgery.

For your flight back it is advisable to get special assistance to help getting in/out of the plane. The service is freely provided by the airports/airlines.

What about the recovery after gastric band surgery abroad?

Patients after gastric band and sleeve surgery needs about a 2-3 week recovery period, (although some can take as long as 6 weeks) before they can return to work.

How soon will I be able to drive after gastric band?

We advise that you should not drive a motor vehicle for 2-3 days after your  gastric band operation. Thereafter you may find driving a little uncomfortable until the port sites have fully healed, usually around 10 days.

When can I start exercising after surgery?

In order to get the most out of your weight loss surgery it’s going to take a lot of hard work on your part post-surgery. That includes working out on a regular basis. Depending on your health and how your body is healing, your doctor may allow you to engage in light exercising in the first two weeks after surgery.

How much weight do you lose in the first 6 months after gastric band surgery?

With gastric banding surgeryyou lose 1 to 2 pounds a week — so by six months, you‘ll have lost 25 to 50 pounds.

What about the clinic & surgeons?

We like to say that our clinic (based in Lithuania, EU) is not a factory. That is we work only with a limited number of patients per year. That helps us to provide our best and give much-needed personal attention to the patients.

The clinic itself is equipped with the newest medical technologies. Naturally, it checks all the EU care standards and employs maximum safety measures. After surgeries the patients stay in cozy single-bed rooms. It makes your recovery calm and pleasant.

Our brand is rated 4.8/5 by hundreds of UK & EU patients. See their (video) reviews here.

Read about our surgeons at the bottom of this page.

What exactly is included in the package?
  • Everything for the treatment, anesthesia, 2-3 night of hospitalization;
  • Necessary stay at a city-centre hotel;
  • Diet instructions after bariatric surgery
  • FREE dietitian follow-up
  • Needed consultations, medical tests;
  • Finding best airplane ticket deals;
  • Meeting at the airport, personal driver within Lithuania;
  • 24/7 assistance in Lithuania;
  • Special discount for plastic surgery later (if needed)
What are the possible complications? What if something goes wrong?

Complications after gastric band are rare; yet they may occur (as is with any other surgical procedure). The complications include:

  • Pouch dilation.
  • Persistent gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Port prominence
  • Port malfunction
  • Band slippage
  • Late port infection
  • Band erosion
  • Stomal obstruction

You will be guided through all the possible complications during your consultation(s) with the surgeon.

In case you are feeling unwell or there is anything abnormal:

While you are still in Lithuania: you will be immediately checked upon by the medical personnel. Should there be a need for a follow-up procedure, it would be carried out for you free of charge.

Complication in the later stages of the recovery is even rarer and most of the time not an emergency. If they happen, our surgeon would consult you online and explain the steps to take.

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prices given below are exact (without hidden costs). Many other clinics increase their initial prices.

Bariatric surgery abroad costs (all-inclusive)

Gastric band

€ 4100

Gastric sleeve

€ 5900

Gastric bypass

€ 5900

Gastric plication

€ 3400

Gastric balloon

€ 3500

we help our patients with the documentation needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad

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