Gastric Sleeve in Iran

Gastric sleeve in Iran: Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a restrictive bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) that has dramatically increased in popularity over recent years. This surgery makes the stomach hold less food by reducing its size, which leads to weight loss. It is done as a laparoscopic surgery with highly trained surgeons who have completed fellowships in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery at top universities.

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There are two types of gastric sleeve surgery in Iran. 1.Mini sleeve or wide sleeve in which 60 percent of the stomach is removed and it is suitable for people with a BMI between 32 and 35. 2.Normal sleeve or tight sleeve in which 80 percent of the stomach is removed and it is suitable for people with a BMI between 35 and 50. After a gastric sleeve surgery, 60 to 80 percent of the patient’s excess weight is lost (50 percent within the first 6 months after the surgery and up to 80 percent after 2 years).

Why Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Iran?

Enjoying modern healthcare facilities and skilled and experienced bariatric surgeons, all board-certified, Iran is increasingly becoming a popular destination for weight loss surgery candidates from across the world want to have an affordable yet safe gastric sleeve surgery.

Proficient Bariatric Surgeons in Iran

Iranian bariatric surgeons are very skillful in gastric sleeve surgery. They Have studied medicine and surgery at prestigious universities and have pursued advanced courses and fellowships in general surgery, laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery in Iran and/or developed countries, including the United States and England.

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Modern Hospitals

Modern and well-equipped hospitals in Iran enjoy specialized bariatric surgery clinics offering all types of laparoscopic weight loss surgeries. Hospitals in Iran with medical tourism licenses are staffed with highly-skilled and experienced doctors. So, these hospitals are well-prepared to offer world-class services to international patients suffering from obesity.

Affordable Costs

The cost of a gastric sleeve in Iran is among the lowest in the world while the efficacy of gastric sleeve surgeries done in Iran as well as the patient satisfaction rate are very high. So, you can save up to 80% of your budget by having a gastric sleeve surgery done in Iran.

Why DoitMedTour?

With DoitMedTour, a reputable medical tourism facilitator, you would not worry about the hassle of traveling and finding a good surgeon and hospital. We will do all the arrangements for you from helping you choose help you choose your bariatric surgeon, arrange your doctor’s appointment and surgery, and stay alongside you from the moment you arrive in Iran until you get your treatment done and return back home.

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Cost of Gastric Sleeve in Iran

The average cost of a gastric sleeve surgery in Iran is currently around $3800. DoitMedTour offers gastric sleeve surgery with the best bariatric surgeons for $3780, including all costs (pre-op tests and consultation, anesthesia cost, doctor’s and clinic’s fees, and post-op support).

Are You a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve?

You may be eligible for gastric sleeve surgery if you have:

  •  a BMI (body mass index) score of 40 or more
  •  a BMI of 35 or more and you have severe comorbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea.
  •  tried to lose weight by eating healthily, exercising and taking relevant medicines, for at least six months and this has not worked.

Make sure to consult with a doctor and discuss your general health condition before deciding to have a gastric sleeve surgery. Consultants help you choose the best type of weight loss surgery by analyzing your medical documents and photos.

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Preparing for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  1. Research everything you can about gastric sleeve in Iran

Read books, view websites, and talk with others who have had surgery to get information about the details of the preparation for gastric sleeve surgery, its advantages and disadvantages, the risks and the lifestyle changes. So that you will have greater chances of success, not only immediately after surgery but also in the long term because you know what you should do, what you should avoid and how to get the best results as far as weight loss is concerned.

  1. Stop smoking and discontinue use of all tobacco and nicotine products

Smoking and the use of tobacco and nicotine products will slow the healing process and reduce the risk of postoperative complications. So, if you smoke, you are required to quit smoking and use of all nicotine products a month before surgery, as it will give your body a chance to recover from the aggression that smoking represents to your whole body.

  1. Change your diet

Every patient with a significantly body mass index should undergo a preoperative diet, which should be provided by your bariatric surgeon. The sooner you prepare your body for life with a gastric sleeve, the quicker you will adapt. Try to eat three regular meals and one to two small snacks per day. Focus on increasing protein and fruits and vegetables, while eliminating high-fat foods, fast-food, and sugar.

  1. Drink more water and limit other beverages

You as an adult need at least 64 ounces of water every day. You should limit or eliminate sources of liquid calories, including alcohol, soda, juice, energy drinks and coffee with sugar or cream. Stop drinking liquids with your meals and wait at least 30 minutes after a meal before drinking.

  1. Commit to not gaining additional weight

When you are preparing for surgery it’s important to not gain weight. Avoid overeating in anticipation of making diet and lifestyle changes later on. Your doctor will discuss additional pre-surgery weight loss goals with you.

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  1. Begin an exercise routine

It will always be useful trying to create a consistent physical activity plan that fits your ability before surgery. You can find an activity you enjoy and focus on frequency rather than intensity. The goal is make your body and your mind used to being active and acquire the habit of exercise. If your work and daily life does not allow you to exercise a lot, at least take a few minutes of the day or from the off hours to just walk, try walking your dog, try going to the park with your kids, etc.

  1. Change your relationship with food

Begin to think about food as essential fuel for your body and pay attention to how your body reacts to the food you eat. Avoid eating while distracted, for instance don’t eat food when you watching TV. Try to eat slowly and chew thoroughly your food. Work to reduce or eliminate reactive eating when tired, bored, stressed or using food to cope with emotions.

Keep in mind that making lifestyle changes is a process that takes time – take small steps, set realistic goals and stay positive.

Gastric Sleeve in Iran: Procedure

Our surgeons perform the gastric sleeve surgery under general anesthesia in hospitals authorized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The operation takes about 2 hours. The patient typically needs to stay in the hospital for one night or two, during which our hospitals provide VIP services to international patients.

Using the minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique, the surgeon makes small incisions in the upper abdomen, through which he/she inserts a laparoscope and other surgical instruments for the operation. The surgeon then removes a part of the stomach and stitches up the remaining part which is now a narrow tube called a sleeve. Food empties out of the bottom of the stomach into the small intestine the same way that it did before surgery. After the surgery, less food will make you full when eating.

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How Long Should You Stay in Iran for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

You need to stay in Iran for 6 days for a gastric sleeve surgery because you need to visit the doctor a few days after surgery for a check-up.

What should You Eat after Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

In order to recover quickly and adjust to the new stomach size after gastric surgery, you must follow a strict diet for one month. You can read a guide to a healthy diet after weight loss surgery. Also, your doctor will discuss with you the dos and don’ts of eating after gastric sleeve surgery.

Is Gastric Sleeve Reversible?

No. Once a portion of your stomach is removed, it is not possible to reattach it.

Will You Regain Weight after Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Weight regain will happen in some cases because of the stomach’s elasticity which makes it stretch gradually. However, the overall result will be a significant weight loss for most patients. Additionally, following a healthy diet helps you get the most out of a gastric sleeve surgery.

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Advantages of Gastric Sleeve

Advantages of gastric sleeve surgery are as follows:

  • Gastric sleeve surgery is a very effective weight loss treatment with a high patient satisfaction rate.
  • Gastric sleeve surgery is very effective in combating chronic diseases associated with obesity, such as hypertension and diabetes.
  • The surgery is performed using laparoscopy, thus it will be a painless operation.
  • A gastric sleeve surgery takes a short time (about 2 hours)
  • The recovery is very quick and the patient will typically be up and around on the day of surgery.
  • Most patients are able to walk the day after surgery.
  • A gastric sleeve makes hormonal changes that will lead to decreased appetite.
  • A gastric sleeve does not alter the normal function of the stomach, i.e. the anatomy of the digestive system will be preserved.
  • No external device is inserted into the body.
  • Unlike malabsorptive bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass that reduce the absorption of nutrients by bypassing a portion of the intestine, the gastric sleeve does not impact the absorption of nutrients.
  • Since the appetite will shrink to a great degree, the process of weight loss will not be a daunting challenge.

Gastric Sleeve Risks and Complications

Gastric sleeve is one of the safest surgeries. However, no surgery is 100% risk-free. You may experience some side effects such as pain, bruising, swelling, and bleeding immediately after gastric sleeve, but they will normally disappear within a few days after surgery.

In less than 1% of cases, internal bleeding, staple line leakage, gastritis (Inflamed stomach lining), bloating in the abdominal area, infection, pneumonia, and nausea and/or vomiting might occur.

Our bariatric surgeons will discuss possible complications and side effects in detail with you before you decide to have gastric sleeve surgery. They will give patients proper instructions and dietary guidelines for post-op gastric sleeve in order to lessen the chances of developing post-op complications.

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Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass

Each type of weight loss surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages. In order to make a right decision, you should consult with your surgeon, discuss your desired results and your health issues, and consider all the pros and cons of gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery. Then you will be able to opt for one of them.

Similarities between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass

  • Both are very effective weight loss methods.
  • Both methods work by curbing your appetite, though in different ways.
  • In both procedures, you should stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after surgery.
  • The recovery time for both procedures is 2-4 weeks.
  • They are both not reversible.

Differences between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass

  • The procedures are completely different.
  • Gastric sleeve does not change the normal function of the digestive system, but gastric bypass does.
  • Gastric bypass is a malabsorptive bariatric surgery, which means it reduces the absorption of nutrients by bypassing a portion of the intestine, while sleeve gastrectomy does not affect the absorption of nutrients.
  • sleeve gastrectomy is usually recommended for patients with a BMI over 35 but gastric bypass usually is recommended for very obese patients with a BMI of over 45.


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