Individual treatment steps may vary from patient to patient, and the detailed treatment process will be determined by each patient’s individual needs. In choosing to undergo bariatric surgery in collaboration with Latvian clinics, the patient can primarily reckon with the establishment of a close relationship electronically, followed by a visit to Latvia lasting for a week on average, during which the planned operation will take place.
Before surgery, the patient should observe a strict diet and reach the first desired weight reduction. The patient should arrange his calendar well in advance and plan at least two week for an optimal operative and post-operative period. The first 6-7 days should be allocated for the trip and the operation.
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What is "bariatric surgery"?
Bariatric or weight loss surgery is a surgical intervention to reduce the size of the stomach, which physically limits the amount of food intake, allowing the patient to adjust appetite over time and lose weight. Bariatric surgery is performed laparoscopically through small incisions. The whole procedure includes preoperative consultations and preparation, surgery, and the postoperative period for developing new eating habits.
Who makes the final decision on whether the patient requires this surgery?
Bariatric—weight loss surgery—is recommended if the patient’s body mass index is above 34, weight continues to increase, and other weight loss methods are proved to be ineffective. Bariatric surgery also helps prevent type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, back pain, joint problems and other conditions.
Which hospitals perform weight loss surgery procedures?
Bariatric surgery is offered by several Health Travel Latvia cluster clinics – AIWA Clinic, Jurmala Hospital, Sigulda Hospital. Consult with your doctor to find out if weight loss surgery is a suitable solution for you, and what other weight loss treatments are available.
Does bariatric surgery provide a long-lasting result?
Statistics show that over the course of 10 years after weight loss surgery patients do not recover more than 40% of their initial excess weight. This means that weight loss is practically irreversible for at least 60% of the patients. The bariatric procedure helps with creating new eating habits – to eat less and feel satiety faster, changing behaviour in the long run.
Is weight loss surgery the best weight loss method?
Bariatrics is one of the most radical but effective weight loss methods that help when everything else has already been tried. Medical facilities offering weight loss surgery may initially recommend other weight loss methods, such as insertion of a temporary gastric balloon that reduces the stomach volume helping the patient to minimize food intake.
How to get in touch?
If you have questions or you’d like to apply for the procedure, simply fill in the contact form. This information will be received by the clinics that provide weight loss surgery, and a specialist will contact you immediately. If you have further questions, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +371 29214868.
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