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Top Gastric Treatments in Turkey

Cita Catellya



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You might have heard positive chat regarding plastic and cosmetic surgery in Turkey, but you might not have heard that the country is also an attractive destination for other medical procedures. Like Thailand, Turkey’s popularity for medical tourism is not limited to just plastic surgery – besides treatments such as hair transplants and cosmetic dentistry, you can also undergo gastric treatments in the land where East meets West.

Curious about the type of gastric treatments you can undergo Turkey? Let’s take a look at the top four gastric treatments in Turkey.

Gastric Bypass

A Gastric bypass is the most common type of gastric treatment in Turkey. The surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen and reduces the upper portion of the stomach to the size of a walnut. Then, it is sealed to separate it from the rest of the stomach. After that, your walnut-sized upper stomach is connected with your small intestine through stitches. Expect to be hospitalized for 3 to 5 days and you will need to stay in Turkey for around 7 to 14 days. The recovery period for a gastric bypass can be pretty long, usually around 4 to 6 weeks.

Gastric Balloon

Unlike a gastric bypass, the gastric balloon is non-surgical. A soft silicone balloon is inserted into your stomach to partially fills your stomach so it can feel fuller faster. The procedure is performed using an endoscope, a thin and flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it. The whole procedure will only take around 15 minutes and you can leave the hospital on the same day. Since it is non-surgical, it is also a lot more affordable than other types of gastric treatment.

Gastric Sleeve

During a gastric sleeve procedure, part of your stomach will be removed and then joined with the remaining portions to create a new “sleeve.” The new stomach is around 1/10th the size of your original stomach, meaning you are unable to eat as much food as before. The procedure takes around an hour and you will need to stay in Turkey for around 7 to 14 days for the initial recovery. Gastric sleeve is the perfect alternative for people who cannot undergo gastric bypass surgery.

gastric sleeve

Gastric Band

A gastric band is a minimally invasive type of gastric treatment. During the surgery, your surgeon puts a silicone band around the upper part of your stomach to reduce your food intake. One of the advantages of a gastric band is that it allows your body to digest food in a normal way without malabsorption. The procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes to perform and in most cases, you can go back to your hotel on the same day. Since it is minimally invasive, it only takes around two to seven days to recover.


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Cita Catellya is a journalist and content writer who covers a range of topics from medical and property to leisure and tourism. Her career began as a copywriter, where she worked with several brands in Indonesia to help them increase their online presence.

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