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Treatment guide

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is an innovative procedure that can help you to lose weight. Struggling with being overweight can be extremely frustrating and emotionally challenging. It’s difficult to stay motivated when no amount of diets and exercise routines are getting you to where you want to be in terms of your weight. Thankfully, a gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy or bariatric sleeve, can be the perfect solution to this problem.

As one of the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries also known as bariatric surgery, you have a lot of choices when it comes to finding a doctor for your gastric sleeve surgery. However, this can quickly become overwhelming. That’s why Qunomedical is here to help. We’ve created a dedicated page for the treatment, allowing you to find all the information you need, compare prices, and find high-quality doctors at home and abroad.

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery Quick Details

WHO IS THIS FOR

  • Gastric sleeve surgery is suitable for those whose BMI is higher than 40.

  • Patients who have a BMI greater than 35, plus a combination of other conditions linked to obesity. These can include type 2 diabetes (T2D), impaired glucose tolerance, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and/or heart disease.

  • Those who have a BMI greater than 30 but also have other serious health problems might be eligible for a gastric sleeve.

TREATMENT DURATION

  • Gastric sleeve surgery usually takes around 1-2 hours.

  • However, the duration of the treatment can vary from patient to patient, depending on individual factors.

RECOVERY TIME

  • In most cases, you should be able to leave the hospital around 2-3 days after your surgery.

  • Around 1-3 weeks after treatment, you should be able to return to work.

  • Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first 30 days following treatment.

SUCCESS

  • In the majority of cases, 50-70% of excess weight is lost in the first two years following a gastric sleeve surgery.

POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Blood clots

  • Gallstones

  • Hernias

  • Undernutrition

Gastric Sleeve Costs: How Much Is the Surgery?

Gastric sleeve costs are dependent on the type of surgery being performed, the complexity of the procedure, the expertise of the surgeon, the general health of the patient, and the country in which the surgery is performed. From country to country, pricing differentials can also vary based on factors such as cost of living, exchange rates, practicing costs, or regulatory conditions.

Quno Price

Below, we’ve outlined the starting prices for gastric sleeve surgery across a number of different locations. These gastric sleeve costs are not fixed or guaranteed and they may change from patient to patient, depending on a variety of different factors. These prices have only been taken from Qunomedical-approved doctors and clinics.

CountryPrice (EUR €)
Mexico€4,500
Czech Republic€4,800
Lithuania€5,000
Poland€5,990
Germany€7,500
UK€10,000
USA€17,500

What Is a Gastric Sleeve?

A gastric sleeve, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy or bariatric sleeve, is a technique that works by restricting the amount of food intake and regulating hormone production in the gut. During gastric sleeve surgery, a patient’s stomach is reduced to 15-25% of its original size. This then helps to restrict the amount of food that you can eat, as you begin to feel full a lot quicker. The treatment also removes the hormones that are responsible for stimulating and boosting your appetite.

How Does It Work?

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed as a laparoscopic procedure. Laparoscopic surgery (also known as keyhole surgery or bandaid surgery) is a modern surgical technique in which a surgeon can conduct the entire procedure through a few small incisions (usually 0.5-1.5cm in diameter). The surgeon uses a laparoscope (a long, fiber-optic cable) inserted through a needle-like tube. Below, we’ve outlined a step by step guide, explaining how gastric sleeve surgery is performed.

1. Anesthesia

Before the surgery can begin, the patient is given general anesthesia. This ensures that they are completely unconscious during the whole procedure, which typically lasts 1-2 hours.

2. Incisions

Once the patient is asleep, the surgeon creates five small incisions in the abdominal wall that are then used as an entry point for a camera and specific surgical instruments. The images and video that the camera captures are displayed on a monitor in the operating room.

3. Gas Administration

The patient’s abdomen is then filled with carbon dioxide gas to create more space between the organs and ensure a safer operation.

4. Tube Insertion

Following the gas administration, the surgeon will insert a bougie tube into the stomach that will serve as the sizer of the new stomach.

5. Resizing the Stomach

The stomach is then divided into two parts. This is carried out 4-6 cm (1.5-2.5 inches) from the pylorus, the valve between the stomach and the small intestine. The surgeon then removes around 80% of the stomach and leaves a banana-shaped “sleeve”.

6. Tube Removal

The bougie tube that was inserted through the earlier made incisions is then removed. The new stomach is now only 15-20% of its original size and is closed using surgical staples.

7. Closing the Incisions

All of the surgical instruments are then removed and the incisions are closed using stitches.

How Do I Know If I Am Eligible for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Although eligibility for gastric sleeve surgery varies from country to country, it’s usually only recommended for any adult under the supervision of a medical professional who meets one of the following criteria:

  • BMI greater than 40

  • BMI greater than 35 with the presence of additional conditions related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and/or heart disease

  • BMI greater than 30 with serious health problems

What Is Body Mass Index (BMI) and How Do I Calculate Mine?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a globally accepted measure of body fat based on the relationship between height and weight. While BMI is an effective screening tool to determine whether an individual is in a weight category that may lead to health problems, BMI alone is not a diagnostic of body fatness or the health of an individual. BMI is universally expressed in kg/m^2. There’s a common formula that’s used to calculate BMI. Simply put, it’s your weight in kilograms divided by your height squared in centimeters: weight (kg) ÷ height^2 (m^2).

BMI contains various different categories for determining your weight. The categories are as follows:

  • Below 18.5 → Underweight

  • 18.5 - 24.9 → Healthy

  • 25 - 29.9 → Overweight

  • 30 - 35 → Obese

  • Above 35 → Extremely Obese

How Do You Prepare for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery requires some preparation before the actual procedure can begin. It’s also important that you’re committed to all of the pre-op and post-op guidelines. This includes a pre-op diet that your doctor will ask you to follow. This will help you lose weight and reduce the dimensions of your liver, which, if overweight, can pose some risks during surgery. A pre-op diet usually includes increasing protein consumption (lean meats), reducing carbohydrate intake (pasta, bread, and rice), and eliminating sugars (candy, desserts, juices, or sodas).

What Should You Expect From Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Following a gastric sleeve procedure, food is digested and absorbed in the same way as before, with the only difference being that it’s done in much smaller quantities. The main advantages of this particular type of bariatric surgery is that it often induces rapid and significant weight loss and involves a relatively short hospital stay (usually around two days). Gastric sleeve surgery is a non-reversible procedure and does have the potential to cause vitamin deficiencies if a proper diet is not maintained in the long term.

What Are the Lifestyle Changes That Need to Occur Following a Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

There are many factors that can contribute to successful weight loss after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. This includes your ability to make lifestyle changes and maintain them in the long term. Following treatment, you’ll receive a nutrition and lifestyle plan from your doctor with diet and post-operative guidelines that you will be strongly encouraged to follow. Below, we’ve outlined some of the main lifestyle changes that you may be encouraged to make following treatment.

Diet Change

Consistent Exercise Regime

Follow-Up Procedures and Emotional Challenges

Gastric Sleeve Surgery: At Home or Abroad?

There has been an increase in the number of patients travelling to have a gastric sleeve abroad. There are a few different reasons for this, and we’ve outlined these below:

  • Cost-cutting: The main driver behind an increase in the popularity of gastric sleeves abroad is the lower prices that are on offer, compared to places like the UK or US. As we saw from the table above, travelling to undergo gastric sleeve surgery in the Czech Republic for example, can result in significant savings in comparison to having the treatment at home.

  • High-quality of care: Lower prices are great, but not when that also means a lower quality of care. Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case. With Qunomedical-approved doctors abroad, you can receive treatment that is fairly priced, yet still high-quality.

  • Convenient packages: Many clinics and doctors abroad also offer unique treatment packages for their international patients. As well as the cost of treatment, these often include things like accommodation, airport shuttles, and transfers to and from the clinic. Interested in one of these packages? Contact us and one of our Patient Managers will be happy to help.

Popular Doctors and Locations

Interested in a gastric sleeve abroad but looking to find out more about the clinics and doctors involved? With Qunomedical, you can view a list of clinics who offer the treatment. All of these clinics have been thoroughly vetted with high-quality and fair pricing in mind. You’re also able to view specific doctor profiles. This includes checking their qualifications, accreditations, experience, and reading reviews from their past patients. Dr. Murat Çağ, MD for example, is a leading bariatric surgery specialist at the Memorial Bahçelievler clinic in Istanbul. Dr. Çağ has been practising since 2000 and boasts impressive accreditations, as well as outstanding reviews from his past patients.

Still unsure about whether a gastric sleeve surgery could be right for you? Check out one of our real patient stories below to get a genuine insight into what it's like to undergo the procedure abroad.

Why Choose Qunomedical?

At Qunomedical, we are committed to taking a patient first approach to healthcare. This means working to ensure that everyone is able to access high-quality, affordable care. We do this by doing the legwork for you and thoroughly vetting a worldwide range of doctors and clinics. When booking gastric sleeve surgery through Qunomedical, you’ll only be choosing from highly-experienced, renowned doctors, who offer treatments at a fair price. We also offer a 100% free, non-binding assessment to anyone interested in a treatment. Contact us now and one of our Patient Managers will be in touch to get you started. Still unsure about whether a gastric sleeve surgery could be right for you? Check out one of our real patient stories below to get a genuine insight into what it's like to undergo the procedure abroad.

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Neseer A., United Kingdom

December 20, 2019

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All the services from start to end it’s excellent as expected

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Debbie, Ireland

March 13, 2019

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I have to say from the first email to the discharge day I couldn't recommend a clinic and surgeon more. to have the procedure done by Dr. Kowalski, who does 10 or more surgeries a week is something you won't find in Ireland.

I am a nurse from Ireland and was totally abandoned by my the Irish health system. I started to research travelling abroad for a sleeve as was 3 years on Irish waiting list. I have to say from the first email to the discharge day I couldn't recommend a clinic and surgeon more. to have the procedure done by Dr. Kowalski, who does 10 or more surgeries a week is something you won't find in Ireland. And the recovery is so fast due to their excellent care and knowledge. I am 10 days post op and 14kg ... Show more

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Justine, United Kingdom

March 13, 2019

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I’ve had no problems following my operation and have now lost 22kg in 8 weeks.

Just wanted to say how easy I’ve found my gastric sleeve surgery and that I would happily recommend the clinic and Dr. Kowalski. I’ve had no problems following my operation and have now lost 22kg in 8 weeks.

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Kim, United Kingdom

March 13, 2019

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Since I have returned home many friends and family members have since went to KCM for weight loss surgery. We are all delighted with the outcome and the aftercare they offer us. 9 months post op and 50 kilos lighter.

I travelled to KCM Clinic January 2016 for my Gastric Sleeve surgery. I was very nervous about the whole thing but my coordinator made the whole process so much easier from the booking process to the day of flying home. I found out about KCM online and I was so impressed with there knowledge of weight loss surgery. There was no way that I could afford to have the surgery in the UK so KCM was a perfect choice for me. The most important thing for me was that I had chosen the best surgeon. Dr. Kowa... Show more

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Amanda, Ireland

March 11, 2019

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Dr. Major discussed the procedure with me beforehand and I felt very comfortable with him and reassured

Had a gastric sleeve done end of February 8st 1/2 down already. What a super clinic and an amazing surgeon named Dr. Major. He discussed the procedure with me beforehand and I felt very comfortable with him and reassured. I definitely recommend dr. Major and KCM Clinic to anyone. They are highly professional.

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Elaine, United Kingdom

March 11, 2019

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This clinic literally has changed my life.. I'm 6 weeks out hernia and sleeve repair and have already lost over 2 stone.

This clinic literally has changed my life.. I'm 6 weeks out hernia and sleeve repair and have already lost over 2 stone. The support from arrival to departure can't be faulted... great clinic and doctor, very clean and there is two beds in each room should you want to take someone with you !! They do extensive tests pre surgery to make sure everything's ok and that's when I discovered I had a Hiatal hernia which my surgeon Dr. Budzynski repaired for free !! Located in a beautiful polish town in ... Show more

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Donny, United Kingdom

March 11, 2019

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I could not be more pleased with everything at this clinic. Dr. Budzyznki sat down with me and explained everything, he answered all my questions clearly and made sure I was comfortable and ready for surgery.

After a recommendation from my niece, I decided to take the plunge and make a change for myself. I booked in for a gastric sleeve with Dr. Budzynski at KCM Clinic in Wroclaw. I could not be more pleased with everything at this clinic. Dr. Budzyznki sat down with me and explained everything, he answered all my questions clearly and made sure I was comfortable and ready for surgery. After the procedure, he came to check up on me and see how I was doing. The team of nurses and international coordin... Show more

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Younes, Ireland

February 19, 2019

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My treatment and care before during and after surgery was excellent...i was really nervous travelling abroad for my surgery as i did not know what to expect but i am glad to say it was a very good experience

My entire experience was really good. From being picked up at the airport to the hotel and my apointments at the hospital. My treatment and care before during and after surgery was excellent...i was really nervous travelling abroad for my surgery as i did not know what to expect but i am glad to say it was a very good experience My consultant was great. She helped me so much and very grateful for her setting evetything up

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Georgina, Ireland

February 19, 2019

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The standard of care was excellent and all the staff, doctors, nurses and co-ordinators were very informative

The clinic was second to none. The staff were very attentive, and professional. The standard of care was excellent and all the staff, doctors, nurses and co-ordinators were very informative

Dr. S, Turkey

November 30, 2018

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I feel like I'm reborn

This is Dr. S in (month + year not shown). I've had a Gastric Sleeve Surgery by Ömer Avlanmış. Everything went well, thank goodness I have no complaints. I feel like I'm reborn. I can recommend Dr. Ömer to everyone, he is right specialist and such a sensitive and accomplished doctor. Even when he wasn't there, he was picking up the phone and receiving the reports himself from both the nurses and me. I would like to thank you again for everything. God bless you and your team.

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