Clinic Spotlight: Weight Loss Surgery with Dr. Ömer Avlanmış at Erdem Hospital

Read on to learn more about the bariatric surgeon at Erdem Hospital!

The Hospital

Dr. Ömer Avlanmış heads the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Center which is located within Camlica Erdem Hospital. The Erdem Hospital group established their first hospital in 1994 and is now comprised of 3 hospitals, 2 dialysis centers, and 1 Oral and Dental Health Center. Camlica Erdem Hospital first opened on 5 October 2009 in the Üsküdar district of İstanbul.

The hospital is 6000 m² and was built with smart building technology. It has a 77-bed capacity, houses 4 operating theatres, and 38 doctors practice 19 medical specialities. It’s equipped with and uses the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment such as 4-dimensional ultrasonography, digital X-ray unit, and computed tomography angiography. Erdem Hospital also adheres to the ISO 9001 (International Organization for Standardization), a quality management system which details what's needed to meet the international standard for medical institutions. The standard is used to show an organization’s ability to consistently provide services and products that meet customer and regulatory requirements. The patient coordinator for the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Center helps arrange all treatment, accommodation and ground transportation for international patients traveling to Erdem Hospital for their bariatric surgery.

Meet the doctors

Dr. Ömer Avlanmış, MD

Specialty: Obesity and metabolic surgery
Operations in 2017: 345

Dr. Avlanmış is a General Surgery Specialist in the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Center at Erdem Hospital.

An interview with Dr. Avlanmış

What is your experience with international patients?
Since 2014, we have patients come from all over Europe and Africa and 2 patients from Canada. We have English and German translators in our hospital.

What do you love about your job?
Of course I love my job. I was born to be a surgeon.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
I think the first patients came because of our hospitals had cheaper prices but for the last 3 years they come for the quality and the perfect results.

What is the patient case you are most fond of?
Well, I have so many patient memories but only a few of them allow me to share memories or use their photos in our advertisements. About 2 years ago I had a patient who was aged 22 years. She was so full of life and clever, she wanted to do everything but because of her morbid obesity, her life was limited to the things that morbidly obese people can do. Four months after the operation, she became a real full of life girl without limitations.


Dr. Avlanmış earned his medical education from Uludag University Faculty of Medicine from 1993-2000 and completed his specialist education in 2002 while working at Sisli Etfal Education and Research Hospital. He continued to work at Sisli Etfal Education and Research Hospital before spending a year at Silvan State Hospital and then joining the medical staff at Erdem Hospital in 2009, where he continues to currently practice. During his time at Erdem Hospital, Dr. Avlanmış has furthered his professional education and specialization in bariatric surgeries by attending programs at both the Cleveland Clinic in the U.S.A. and the Salzburg Obesity Academy in Austria. He is a member of the Turkish Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Turkish Medical Association (TMA).

Dr. Avlanmış has also presented his work at scientific meetings such as the National Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgery Congress and the 5th National & 3rd Mediterranean Congress for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. His papers have been published in the Journal of Contemporary Surgery and the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Avlanmış has been featured on Turkish TV programs numerous times for his work. He's been performing advanced laparoscopic surgeries since 2008 and heads a team of experienced doctors at the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Center at Erdem Hospital (including endocrinologists, cardiologists, internal medicine specialists, psychiatrists, and nutritionists). Within the speciality of bariatric surgery, Dr. Avlanmış performs gastric sleeve, gastric bypass (mini), and bariatric revision surgery.

Istanbul as a travel destination

Camlica Erdem Hospital is located in the municipality of Üsküdar and the neighborhood of Camlica in Istanbul. This residential area is one of the oldest in Istanbul located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, and Camlica Hill is a popular attraction offering panoramic views over the city. The area also offers easy access by boat or bridge to the European side of Istanbul where more well-known tourist sites, such as Topkapi Palace or the Blue Mosque, are located.

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About the author

Coree Howard, Content Writer

Coree has worked in international development, travel, and trained as a Health Coach. First as a Health Manager and now a content writer, her time on the front lines working with patients helped her understand their needs and what information they want when looking for the best healthcare options.

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