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Are you considering gastric sleeve surgery because the diets or exercises you've tried for years give no visible results? You want to know the pros and cons, what makes someone a good candidate for the operation, and what long-term commitments you need to make to keep the results.

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Gastric sleeve abroad

Gastric sleeve is the most popular method of treating obesity. This operation is usually performed in a minimally invasive way – laparoscopically: small incisions are made in the abdomen, through which surgical instruments and a camera (laparoscope) are inserted.

During the operation, about 80 per cent of the stomach is removed, forming a narrow stomach of about the shape and size of a banana.

Reducing the size of the stomach limits the amount of food that a person consumes. In addition, the procedure stimulates hormonal changes that help with weight loss and alleviate overweight-related conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart diseases, sleep disorders, diabetes mellitus, joint diseases, etc.

Gastric sleeve can be performed on patients with a
body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more, and on patients for whom diet and physical activity are not effective means of losing weight.

Gastric sleeve abroad in short

  • Gastric sleeve, essentially, a procedure to get rid of excess weight when diets or exercising gives no results
  • It’s done under general anaesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
  • The surgery takes from 90 minutes to 2 hours
  • All-included price: €5900 / £5,044 (see the exact price table below)
  • The patient is discharged home in 2-3 days after an operation performed at “Gijos Clinic”.

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Advantages of gastric sleeve

  • Gastric sleeve, by limiting food intake and significantly affecting the intestinal hormones responsible for hunger, satiety and blood sugar control, results in rapid and significant weight loss – an average of 60 per cent of excess weight can be lost within the first two years;
  • although the stomach has a reduced capacity, it functions normally – most foodstuffs are tolerated, only in small amounts;
  • in contrast to gastric bypass, in the case of gastric sleeve, an intact gastrointestinal tract is maintained;
  • an attractive option for patients concerned about foreign bodies;
  • fewer wounds, less pain and faster recovery after surgery.

Important:

  • After the operation, it is necessary to take vitamin and mineral supplements. Otherwise, it may lead to long-term deficiencies of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B12, iron, calcium and folate.
  • part of the stomach is removed and cannot be put back;
  • in contrast to gastric bypass, after gastric sleeve, food does not bypass part of the digestive system, and the body still tolerates foods rich in carbohydrates and fat, which can make weight loss more difficult and slower.
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Gastric sleeve FAQs

What's Gastric Sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about two hours to complete. Just a few small incisions are made in the stomach area so that a laparoscope and other surgical instruments used to perform a gastrectomy can be inserted in the abdomen. Then approximately 80 percent of a stomach is removed and the rest of the pouch is sealed using medical staples. In order to prevent any leakage after a patient starts consuming food, the staples are then manually stitched over and a fluid test is done while the patient is still on the operating table. The new stomach acquires a shape somewhat similar to a sleeve. The stomach retains all of its previous functions, therefore, food can still be digested properly. The biggest change is a significantly decreased feeling of hunger. Moreover, the patient feels full faster and can eat smaller portions of food.

Who is a good candidate for gastric sleeve?

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 sleeve surgery if a patient is present with  type 2 diabetes or arterial hypertension.

Why do people go for surgery abroad?

Patients go for gastric sleeve 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

Read / watch reviews of our previous patients below.

Will I be insured?

Our patients are covered by a reliable insurance covering surgical malpractice. Yet, first & foremost, we ensure maximum safety.

Why is gastric sleeve 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 sleeve?

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 sleeve surgery abroad?

Patients after gastric bypass 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 sleeve?

We advise that you should not drive a motor vehicle for 2-3 days after your  gastric sleeve operation. This is to allow the effects of the anesthetic and any post-operative analgesia (painkillers) to wear off.

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 month after gastric sleeve?

During the first month, patients can expect an average weight loss of up to 30lbs/13kg. After three months, the percentage of overall excess loss can reach up to 30 percent. That number increases to 50 percent after six months – which means the expected weight loss translates to about 0,8kg per week.

What exactly is included in the package?
  • Everything for the treatment, anesthesia, 2-3 night of hospitalization;
  • Necessary hotel stay at our partner 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 sleeve are rare; yet they may occur (as is with any other surgical procedure). The complications include:

  • Blood clots.
  • Gallstones (risk increases with rapid or. substantial weight loss)
  • Hernia.
  • Internal bleeding or profuse bleeding of the. surgical wound.
  • Leakage.
  • Perforation of stomach or intestines.
  • Skin separation.
  • Stricture.

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 sleeve

€ 5900

Gastric bypass

€ 5900

Gastric band

€ 4100

Gastric plication

€ 3600

Bikini Line Gastric Sleeve

€ 6500

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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