Gastric bypass

What is it?

The gastric bypass procedure has been known for more than thirty years and consists of creation of a pouch from the upper stomach, from which food outflows directly to the small intestine. The treatment combines actions of reducing consumption and absorption. The stomach is divided into two parts with surgical staples. The loop of the small intestine (digestive loop) through which food is moved down is hooked up to the upper part of the stomach which is of capacity of approximately 30 ml. From the further part of the stomach, which may have been resected in some cases, digestive fluids stream down through the duodenum and then the small intestine (enzymatic loop). Both sections of the small intestine join together. Digestion takes place in this common loop (digestive loop). The length of specific sections of the intestine (particularly of the common section) and capacity of the smaller part of the stomach are determined in accordance with common standards.

Who it is for?

Gastric bypass procedure is recommended to be considered as a surgical method of helping the weight loss by morbidly obese patients between 18 and 60 years of age who possibly have some other co-existing medical conditions.

Surgery info

The procedure will be performed under general anaesthetics by an experienced an fully qualified surgeon with and assistance of a certified anaesthetist and nurses. The surgeon will be using a minimally invasive laparoscopic “keyhole surgery” method. Surgery will take place in a private hospital.

Hospital stay

You are required to spend up tp 6 days in a hospital. You will be admitted to the hospital in the morning. Day 1 and day 2 are diagnostic days. You will then have all the required medical tests and consultations. Day 3 is the surgery day. During day 4 and 5 you will be resting and recovering. Depending on the doctor’s decision, based on your state after surgery, you will be released from the hospital either on day 5 or day 6. After that, we recommend staying an additional night or two in a near-by hotel. While in the hospital, you will stay in one of the patients double or triple rooms. A single room is available at an additional charge. During your stay, you will be looked after by a doctor and nurses, who provide all needed medication and meals.

Hospital info

The procedure is performed in a private hospital in Wrocław city (Wrocław clinic). Please find details in ‘Our clinics’.

Required stay in Poland

Between 6 and 8 nights. 4 or 5 of those nights are spent in the hospital.

Accommodation

We recommend one of the ‘Wrocław hotels‘. Please find more info in ‘Accommodation’.

Contraindications

Mental disorders (schizophrenia, severe depression, bulimia, suicidal tendencies), inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract, cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, endocrine disease (adrenal or thyroid dysfunction), abuse of alcohol or drugs, bad medical tests results, blood coagulation disorders, heart problems.

Possible complications

The procedure is connected with some level of risk of complications. Full success for every patient cannot be guaranteed. During performing the operation by a laparoscopic method there might arise a necessity to do it conventionally, which is by opening the abdomen. Some of other possible complications are failure of adjacent organs, bleeding, infection with hepatitis or HIV, after-surgery bleeding, petechiae on the skin, inflammation, infection, skin damage, blood clots and blockage of blood vessel by wandering thrombosis (which can cause ex. pulmonary embolism), breaking of stitches and separation of wound, tissue necrosis, adhesions, nerves damage , incisional hernia, death.

Post-operative guidelines

Include performing recommended tests, undergoing regular check-ups, taking additional vitamins and trace elements , following the doctor’s post-op instructions, dieting, changing eating habits and exercising. Details provided by the doctor at a consultation.

Surgery cost

Around 22 500 PLN / £4688 / €5294.

This includes a consultation with a surgeon, an anaesthetist and a few other specialists, a large package of required pre-op medical tests (2 days of diagnostics), surgery fees, general anaesthetics, up to 5 nights of hospital stay (2 before procedure and up to 3 after, check-ups before release from the hospital.

Some doctors recommend compression stockings for after surgery. They can be purchased at a pharmacy in Poland at around 120 PLN / £25 / €28.

Additional cost may be medicines prescribed by the doctor (around 250 PLN / £52 / €59).

The above price does not include check-ups and blood tests required every few weeks during the first year after your surgery. We recommend for you to search for available aftercare options back home (own arrangments required) before you have your surgery. You may also have the check-ups in Poland (at additional cost).

Flights

Return flight prices from most popular locations start from around £50 / €56.

Wrocław airport WRO – 20-min drive from the town

Katowice airport KTW – around 2,5h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)

Transfers

Available upon request.