What is it?
A gastric band is a small device (a silicone ring) that is placed around your stomach during a laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery. The band divides your stomach into two parts. The small upper stomach pouch limits the stomach’s capacity and increases the feeling of fullness so it helps you lose weight. After the implantation the band has to be adjusted (usually a few times before the suitable size is reached). Adjustment is a quick and simple 10-15 minute procedure. A doctor adds or removes fluid from the band via the small access port which is located just under the skin. The first adjustment of the gastric band is usually performed six weeks after your abroad surgery and can be done in Poland. Following adjustments can be done at local weight loss clinics (we provide the addresses). The doctor provides you with all the info on how to ‘cooperate’ with the gastric band to get the best weight loss results after the abroad surgery. The bands are designed for lifelong implantation although they can be removed if needed.
Who is it for?
Gastric surgery abroad is an ideal solution for those who can’t afford high surgery fees or simply don’t want to overpay in the UK, Ireland or Scandinavian countries. Best candidates are between 18 and 60 years old and significantly overweight (BMI 35 or higher). Patients with BMI between 32 and 35 will be considered if their obesity is associated with some other health issues. Patients are initially qualified based on a medical questionnaire. After your arrival some additional medical tests are performed (blood tests and a digestive tract edoscopy). You will also have a face to face consultation with our surgeon.
The surgery takes up to 1 hour 30 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetics. It is carried out by a fully qualified and experienced surgeon in a presence of a certified anaesthetist in a sterile operating room in a private hospital. Laparoscopic surgeries are minimally invasive and leave much less scarring then other obesity surgeries. The surgeon uses slender surgical instruments passed through small incisions in the abdomen. This method causes much less pain and fewer wound complications then open operations. Neither long hospital stay nor long recovery periods are needed.
After surgery you will stay two nights in the hospital at one of the post operative rooms. During the entire stay you are looked after by doctors and nurses. They provide all needed medications and meals.
We offer gastric band surgery abroad, in Poland. You will stay at our private hospital in Lodz city. The hospital has been awarded the EN ISO 9001:2000 and the EN ISO 9001:2008 Certificates.
If you wish to stay in Poland longer then two nights after the procedure we will book a hotel or an extra night at the hospital for you (at an additional cost). See ‘Accommodation’ for more details.
Mental disorders (schizophrenia, severe depression, bulimia, suicidal tendencies), endocrine disease (adrenal or thyroid dysfunction), abuse of alcohol or drugs, inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract, cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The gastric band treatment is relatively safe and complications are rare. Some of them are: internal infection, stomach pains, vomiting, constipation, pouch dilatation, port dislocation, band slippage/leakage.
Provided by the surgeon.
Surgery costs 14000 PLN / € 3500 / £ 2800. This includes a consultation with the surgeon, pre-op medical tests, general anaesthetics, cost of the band itself, 2 nights of hospital stay, medication and a check-up visit.
Return flight to Łódź costs around € 125 / £ 100 from most of European cities.
Hotel prices depend on a standard of a hotel and range between € 35 / £ 28 and € 125 / £ 100 per room, per night.