Gastrectomy in Turkey

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Written by Laurence

Everything you need to know about gastric sleeve surgery in Turkey! What is the average price in Istanbul? Our advice for a successful gastric sleeve in Turkey. provides information on gastrectomy in Turkey and helps you book an operation with qualified surgeons. This content is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional.

How much does a gastrectomy cost in Turkey?

The average cost of a gastrectomy in Turkey in Istanbul is €2,300. Depending on your needs, the price can vary from €2,000 to €2,600. The operation takes around 2 hours. It is performed laparoscopically. The hospital stay is 2 days. The stay in Turkey lasts 7 days.

ProcedureCost Turkey
Gastrectomy2300 €
Gastric Botox1200 €
Gastric balloon1500 €
Gastric bypass2500 €
Gastric band2200 €

What is gastrectomy?

Gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure that consists of considerably reducing the capacity of the stomach by around 75% in order to promote substantial long-term weight loss. As a result, your general state of health also improves. Weight loss surgery in Turkey is on the up, thanks in particular to operations such as the gastric balloon.

How does a gastrectomy work?

A gastric sleeve works by permanently removing a large part of your stomach. As the capacity of your stomach is greatly reduced, it can only hold a small amount of food. You will feel full after eating much less food and you will be less hungry between meals.

A gastrectomy also removes the part of the stomach that produces the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin. This means that your appetite is reduced.

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Weight loss begins as soon as you have undergone the operations. After 18 months, the stomach stretches. So it’s important to keep your portions reasonable and not wait until the sleeve stops you eating.

If you eat the recommended foods (no liquids or soft products), you won’t feel hungry. You will need to take vitamins for life, including quarterly injections of B12.

Who is eligible for gastric sleeve surgery?

You may be eligible for gastric sleeve surgery if:

  • you have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more
  • You have a BMI of 35 or more and suffer from type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, which can be improved by weight loss.
  • You are fit enough to undergo general anaesthesia and surgery.
  • You are committed to losing weight and maintaining your weight loss through lifestyle and dietary changes.
  • You have tried to lose weight by eating healthily, exercising and taking appropriate medication for at least six months and this has not worked.

How is a gastrectomy operation carried out in Turkey?

Before the operation, you will undergo a general anaesthetic. The operation is performed laparoscopically, and generally lasts between one and one-and-a-half hours.

Your obesity surgeon in Turkey will make several small incisions in your stomach and insert a long, thin telescope with a light and camera lens at one end, called a laparoscope, and other surgical instruments to remove a large part of your stomach. Once the stomach has been removed, it will be sealed with staples.

Precautions and post-operative follow-up

After a gastric sleeve operation, you will stay in hospital for two to three days.

You will probably need pain relief. You can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

You will only be able to drink clear liquids on the first day after the operation. You will then follow a liquid diet for several weeks, then switch to soft, moist foods, and finally, after four to six weeks, add solid foods.

Your surgeon or a dietician will discuss your strict diet. You will need small portions as your stomach will fill up quickly.

You should rest after the operation and avoid rubbing your wound. We recommend that you have someone with you to help you with your daily activities for the first few days. Most people can return to their normal activities within two to four weeks of the operation.

Complications and side effects

You may experience some side effects such as pain, bruising and swelling around your wounds, and vomiting or nausea after eating more than your new stomach can hold. You should try to chew your food well, eat smaller portions and stick to your diet.

Possible complications of any operation include bleeding or blood clots, pain and wound infection. Complications associated with gastric sleeve surgery include:

  • Scarring of the stomach which creates a blockage of the intestines.
  • Inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), stomach ulcers or heartburn.
  • Injury to adjacent organs.
  • Scar leakage and serious infection

Your surgeon will discuss possible complications and side effects with you in detail before you decide to undergo sleeve surgery.

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About the author


My name is Laurence Tung. I'm a medical writer with a scientific background in several fields. I have recently covered therapeutic areas such as rheumatology and hypercholesterolaemia. I also have expertise in genomics, epigenetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. I help this site to publish quality articles on medical tourism.