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Weight loss abroad: let’s talk about it…

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Weight loss abroad: let's talk about it...

As we know, the concept of going abroad for bariatric surgery and other ‘cosmetic’ enhancements can entice a lot of people. With affordable prices and their good advertising for weight loss treatments, the question may spring to mind with regard to ‘why wouldn’t I?’ when considering weight loss surgery and/or plastic surgery. Especially as 5,000 UK nationals a year are travelling abroad for weight loss surgery.

The statistics...

The reality is, according to the times article the NHS are the ones who are “picking up the pieces” after 6 British patients died following their weight loss surgeries in Turkey, according to the Foreign Office. It goes without saying that this is never the intention however, “we can never guarantee is the surgical standards in different countries” (Professor David Strain) leading to possible life-threatening conditions from unreputable providers.

Medical tourism and treatment options

The temptation of medical tourism is undeniable, especially when it comes to weight loss surgery. With the promise of a new body, quick results, and lower costs. However, it’s crucial to understand the potential risks and complications that come with undergoing surgical procedures in different countries.

Different weight loss surgery options include

All of the above of course come with their own risks regardless of our highly bariatric surgeons. For example the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces the size of the stomach using an endoscope, while a gastric sleeve involves removing a large portion of the stomach to restrict food intake. Gastric bands are adjustable bands placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch, and gastric bypass involves creating a small stomach pouch and rerouting the small intestine. Revisional surgery is performed to correct or improve the results of a previous weight loss surgery.

Complications

While these procedures can be life-changing and offer significant health benefits, they are not without risks. Complications can include infections, blood clots, leaks in the gastrointestinal system, and nutritional deficiencies. That is why it’s important to pick the correct company with the quality of post-operative care and follow-up, as it is just as important as the surgery itself. When these bariatric procedures are performed in Turkish clinics compared to more reputable clinics, the continuity of care can be disrupted, leading to serious health issues that require attention back home.

What 'should' you do?

Before deciding to travel abroad for weight loss surgery, it is important to thoroughly research the medical facilities, the qualifications and experience of the surgeons, and the standards of care in the destination country. Consult with healthcare professionals in your home country and consider the long-term implications, including the availability of follow-up care and the potential need for revisional surgery.

In conclusion, while the prospect of affordable weight loss surgery abroad can be enticing, it is essential to weigh the risks and benefits carefully. The cost savings may be appealing, but the potential health risks and the quality of care should not be overlooked. Procedures like Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, gastric sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass, and revision surgery are serious medical interventions that require careful consideration and professional guidance.

Consider your options carefully, prioritise your health and safety, and make an informed decision that ensures the best possible outcome for your weight loss journey.

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