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The Dangers of Going Abroad for Weight Loss Surgery

The growth in popularity of weight loss surgery

Bariatric surgery is a safe and effective procedure and as a result, has become increasingly popular in recent years as a means of achieving weight loss for those who have struggled with obesity. However, whilst the procedure is safe, it’s important to recognize the potential dangers of undergoing bariatric surgery abroad. Recently, the government, via the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) issued a travel warning for those considering bariatric surgery in Turkey due to safety concerns. 

At Healthier Weight, we want to emphasize the importance of seeking bariatric surgery from a reputable and experienced provider. Bariatric surgery is a complex medical procedure that should only be performed by qualified and experienced surgeons in a safe and controlled environment. By undergoing bariatric surgery abroad with an unreputable provider, you may be putting yourself at risk of serious health complications. 

What's dangerous about surgery abroad?

One of the primary concerns with undergoing bariatric surgery in Turkey is the potential for complications during or after the procedure. While it’s true that many Turkish clinics offer bariatric surgery at a lower cost than those in the UK, this cost-cutting often comes at the expense of safety measures, substandard equipment and proper medical facilities. If the price is too good to be true, unfortunately, it probably is, especially when it comes to surgical procedures. In some cases, patients have reported being placed in unsanitary conditions and receiving inadequate medical attention. 

Additionally, patients who undergo bariatric surgery in Turkey may be at risk of contracting infections or other diseases due to the lack of regulation and oversight in these clinics. The FCDO warning highlights the potential risk of bloodborne infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. These infections can have serious and long-lasting effects on your health, and it’s important to take all necessary precautions to avoid them. 

travelling abroad for surgery

Patient saftey should always be the priorty

At Healthier Weight, we believe that the safety and well-being of our patients should always be the top priority. That’s why we only work with qualified and experienced bariatric surgeons who operate in safe and regulated environments. Our team of healthcare professionals will work closely with you to understand your unique needs and ensure that you receive the most appropriate and effective treatment possible. 

It’s also important to recognize that bariatric surgery is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Different patients may require different types of bariatric surgery depending on their individual needs and medical history. By undergoing bariatric surgery in Turkey, you may not receive the personalised care and attention you need to achieve your weight loss goals. 

It's not just about the physical risks

Finally, it’s important to consider the potential impact on your mental health when undergoing bariatric surgery abroad. The stress of travelling to a foreign country for surgery, combined with the potential for complications and the lack of support from family and friends, can take a toll on your mental well-being. At Healthier Weight, we provide comprehensive support throughout your weight loss journey, including pre-and post-operative counselling to help you manage any mental health concerns. 

In conclusion, we strongly advise against undergoing bariatric surgery abroad with unreputable providers, especially in countries like Turkey where safety regulations may be inadequate. Whilst the initial engagement with the provider and their website will look extremely professional, the actual experience may not match and you will be putting your health at risk.  

At Healthier Weight, we are committed to providing safe, effective, and personalised bariatric surgery to help our patients achieve their weight loss goals. We understand that weight loss can be a challenging and emotional journey, and we are here to provide the support and guidance you need to succeed. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve a healthier weight. 

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