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Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad. It’s often said that if you ‘Buy Cheap, you will Buy Twice’. It is another way of saying that the least expensive option may not be the best choice in the long run. With regard to the ever-growing interest in ‘Health Tourism’, especially those considering travelling abroad to have Bariatric Surgery, such as having a Gastric Band fitted, or a Gastric Sleeve procedure, going for the cheapest option is seldom the wisest decision.

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The least expensive choice can sometimes develop into the opposite, quickly becoming the most expensive. Also, of course, it is your health, and possibly your life, that is at stake. If you are looking for low-cost weight loss surgery abroad, then going for the least expensive option may not always be wise. We also have an interesting post about “The cost of obesity”

Hospitals and surgeons in many countries offer less expensive treatment than you can find at home. The availability normally comes with very short, or even non-existent, waiting times. That is one factor that should ring a few alarm bells. You may find our page: “Cheapest Bariatric Surgery” interesting too.

The growing popularity of medical tourism has resulted in more than half of all weight loss surgeries being undertaken abroad. The surgery abroad is viewed as being less expensive and available at quite short notice. Another factor that influences potential patients is that many overseas facilities appear to be more flexible with regard to the required weight or BMI of the proposed patient. Another concern.

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It was recently published that prices for the three more common procedures, Gastric Band, Sleeve and Bypass, could be up to 50% less expensive when completed abroad. Further increasing the flow of interested overweight people to take up the option. You may also like to read our dedicated page: “5 Reasons to Try a Diet Before Weight-Loss Surgery.”

However, having the surgery abroad can be accompanied by a range of risks and dangers, which in the excitement of booking and travelling abroad are often overlooked. Plus, of course, weight loss surgery never comes with any guarantees of permanent success. Please have a look at our page: “Say no to weight-loss surgery”

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We feel before you read any further that, we should just confirm that we do have an amount of knowledge and experience around the subject to write this article. Over fifteen years ago, we (Martin and Marion Shirran) developed the psychology-focused Permanent Weight Loss Treatment, the Gastric Mind Band. Since then, we have written two bestselling books on the subject.

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We have travelled to universities in Poland and Portugal, attending Psychology conferences to share in-depth details of our approach. We have amassed over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours. Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad. Please also read our page: “Fast, pre-surgery weight loss”

Professor Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University in San Francisco and Professor Windy Dryden of Goldsmiths University in London both endorsed our work. In February 2022, we were presented with the ‘Most Innovative Obesity Physiological Therapy Service’ award from the Global Health Awards 2022 panel. We tell you this to underline our experience with the treatment of obesity to write this page.

Over the last fifteen years, we have worked with hundreds of clients who were thinking of ‘Going under the Knife’ and then changed their minds at the last minute. We have also worked with others who went ahead and had the surgery, with some very unpleasant experiences. We have another page: “NHS weight-loss surgery”

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Having a Gastric Band fitted has become a popular solution for those wishing to lose weight. Many view the procedure as an easy and fast option, quickly restoring their body image and self-confidence. However, the biggest surprise to us was that, for some reason, many were under the impression that the treatment would deliver a guaranteed weight loss. Please also read our dedicated page: “Everything you need to know about gastric bands”

An additional surprise was that they believed that any weight loss achieved would somehow be permanent. They thought that dieting and being watchful of what they were eating would be over. It takes only a few minutes to take a look around the pages of Google to see that is certainly not the case. Please also check out our page: “Alternatives to gastric sleeve surgery”

Prior to any surgical procedure, it is vital to undertake a little research. And when a person is obese and thinking about having surgery abroad, it is even more so. The risk of mortality (Death) either during or following surgery is considerably higher than for a person of normal weight. Surgery for those who are overweight has elevated risks around post-operative complications, such as sepsis, blood clots, etc.

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Another factor that is often overlooked is related to flying following surgery. It’s true that for many people, the trip will be non-problematic. However, it’s advisable to give it consideration ahead of travelling. One of the concerns around flying post-surgery is that of Deep Vein Thrombosis. Being obese and having a high BMI are both risk factors for developing DVT. But, of course, the risk is increased following surgery and a general anaesthetic. From –

Knowing just what post-surgery care you may require is another very important consideration. We have met clients who have undergone what appeared to be successful surgery. Sadly, however, they went on to develop problems, such as serious infections, stomach ulcers and internal leakage in the weeks following surgery. Difficulties can then occur when trying to source the required medical care in your home country, which, of course, can be more stressful in an emergency situation.

The BBC covered a story about a patient who completed the treatment in Brussels. Following the negative post-op issues she experienced, she had to have the procedure reversed by the NHS. See the link at the bottom of this page. Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad.

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The waiting list for weight loss surgery on the NHS can be up to two years, resulting in a growing interest in medical tourism. As we said earlier, undertaking the treatment abroad is less expensive, at least initially. The most popular destinations include Egypt and Turkey. For those prepared to travel further afield, both India and Mexico offer a number of procedures at competitive prices.

Weight loss surgery abroad is not for the faint-hearted! If you are considering it, it’s important to learn about the risks and benefits before deciding. It’s also vital that you talk to your doctor, and maybe to a nutritionist or health counsellor, ahead of making your final decision.

One final personal observation. Having spent time with a number of clients following their bariatric surgery, it becomes obvious that their life was changed forever. Following either a gastric sleeve or bypass procedure, both irreversible, things in life change, like celebratory Christmas meals or fun holidays. Because everything will be very different, in my opinion, at least, I believe that your partner and close family members should be involved in the decision to go ahead with the surgery. It will be life-changing and not always in the way you think…Especially as it is not necessary….

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Be Careful

So, if weight loss surgery does not provide guaranteed results, and if it often leaves the patient having to be ‘diet’ aware for the rest of their lives, and additionally, if undertaken privately requires an investment of thousands of pounds, why do it….? For those that do elect to go for the surgery, you need to be aware of Weight Loss Creep, or Regain, normally following surgery. You can read about Reversing or Stopping Weight Creep here.

We stated at the beginning of this post that we are the developers of a completely different, non-surgical approach to weight loss. We have treated over a thousand clients, both members of the public and celebrities alike. On this website, you can read medical endorsements from NHS surgeons, doctors and nurses who have completed our treatment. Alison below never went for surgery. She lost 70 pounds following our treatment.

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Read a full investigative story from the BBC regarding weight loss surgery abroad.
FAQ 1: Is weight loss surgery abroad a cost-effective option?

Answer: Weight loss surgery abroad often appears cost-effective upfront, with prices significantly lower than in your home country. However, it’s crucial to consider the full financial picture. While initial costs are lower, potential long-term expenses, such as post-operative complications and follow-up care, need to be factored in. Additionally, travel and accommodation expenses can add to the overall cost. Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad.

FAQ 2: What are some of the risks associated with weight loss surgery abroad?

Answer: Weight loss surgery abroad carries several risks. One major concern is the risk of mortality (death), which is higher for individuals who are overweight or obese. Post-operative complications, including sepsis and blood clots, are also more common in this population. Another risk involves flying after surgery, as it may increase the chances of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), especially in individuals with high BMIs.

FAQ 3: Do overseas facilities have different requirements for weight or BMI?

Answer: Yes, some overseas facilities may have more flexible weight or BMI requirements for weight loss surgery, making it enticing for potential patients. However, while this flexibility may seem attractive, it’s essential to prioritize your long-term health over immediate accessibility to the procedure. A thorough evaluation of the risks and benefits is crucial.

FAQ 4: Is weight loss surgery a guaranteed way to achieve permanent weight loss?

Answer: Weight loss surgery is not a guaranteed path to permanent weight loss. Many individuals mistakenly believe that it offers a foolproof solution, but in reality, maintaining a healthy weight post-surgery requires ongoing effort. Healthy eating, regular physical activity, and lifestyle changes are essential for long-term success.

FAQ 5: How important is post-surgery care and follow-up?

Answer: Post-surgery care and follow-up are paramount. While some patients may experience a successful surgery initially, complications like infections, stomach ulcers, and internal leakage can arise in the weeks following the procedure. Accessing proper medical care in your home country can be challenging, particularly in emergency situations. Adequate post-surgery care is crucial for identifying and addressing potential issues.

FAQ 6: What should I consider before deciding to have weight loss surgery abroad?

Answer: Before making a decision about weight loss surgery abroad, it’s vital to engage in thorough research and consultations. Consult your doctor, a nutritionist, or a health counsellor to assess your suitability for the surgery. Consider the long-term risks, expenses, and lifestyle changes required for successful weight management.

FAQ 7: How can I prevent or address weight regain after weight loss surgery?

Answer: Weight regain, commonly referred to as “Weight Loss Creep,” can occur post-surgery. It’s essential to understand that surgery alone does not guarantee permanent weight loss. To prevent or manage weight regain, it’s crucial to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes maintaining a balanced diet, staying physically active, and seeking ongoing support from healthcare professionals and support groups.

FAQ 8: Are there alternative, non-surgical approaches to weight loss?

Answer: Yes, several non-surgical approaches to weight loss are available. One such approach is the Gastric Mind Band, a psychology-focused treatment. It focuses on changing one’s mindset and relationship with food. Additionally, the Award Winning My Weigh Less Programme as featured on this website, is described as the Gold Standard in non-surgical weight loss. Before making a decision, it’s wise to explore various weight loss options and consult with experts to determine the most suitable approach for your specific needs and goals.

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A Psychological Approach to Sustainable Weight Loss

Consider a new psychological approach to weight loss, where you effortlessly learn to eat when you’re genuinely hungry rather than relying on emotions like tiredness, sadness, loneliness, stress or depression to dictate your eating habits. You can complete the whole My Weigh Less Master Class from the comfort of your own home. The course includes a PDF forensic questionnaire, 12 audio MP3 sessions, nine different hypnosis sessions and much more. For more information, you can read our Course Details page.

Picture yourself as a healthier, slimmer version of yourself, free from dieting fears and able to enjoy social events with boundless energy and boosted self-esteem. Meet the experts behind the success: Martin and Marion Shirran are clinical therapists with nearly two decades of experience in the weight-loss field. They are the creators of the globally acclaimed Gastric Mind Band Permanent Weight-Loss Treatment. Sharon below lost 60 pounds on the programme.

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Their ground-breaking work has been featured in prominent newspapers such as the Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph, and the Express. Leading magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, and Reader’s Digest have also recognised their contributions. The Shirrans and several of their clients have also made television appearances on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Over a thousand individuals, including medical professionals, celebrities, and the general public, have travelled from around the world to experience their weight-loss treatment. Some sought to enhance their appearance, while others prioritised their health, successfully reversing medical conditions like insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease.

The My Weigh Less programme has undergone over fifteen years of research and development. Clients of various ages, from fourteen to eighty-six, have achieved remarkable results. Check out the many verified weight-loss success stories and before-and-after photos on this website.

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So, are you ready to embark on your weight-loss journey? Martin and Marion Shirran, in the photo above, along with Oxford Therapeutics Ltd, have made their unique approach more accessible than ever. You can download their ‘My Weigh Less Master Class’ to your phone, tablet, or desktop computer today. You can complete the entire twelve-session course from the comfort of your own home. Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad.

Experience the ‘My Weigh Less’ downloadable treatment, a medically endorsed, proven weight-loss approach backed by over 15,000 hours of clinical treatment. Say goodbye to dieting struggles and hello to permanent results.

Begin your weight-loss journey today. Discover how a psychology-focused weight-loss method that works will ensure you finally reach your goals. Visit the ‘Buy Now’ page to start your transformation.

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Marion Shirran, as a director of Oxford Therapeutics Limited, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Additionally, she is involved in the government’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity.

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We were proud to be nominated for the ‘Most Innovative Obesity Psychological Therapy Service’ in the UK Mental Health Awards 2022.

Mental Health Awards 2022 "Most Innovative Obesity Psychological Therapy Service"

We also appeared on the This Morning TV show with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Holly and Phil interviewed Martin and Marion Shirran

In 2010, we travelled to New York to be interviewed on the Good Morning America TV Show.

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We are also co-authors of two bestselling books on the topic of non-surgical weight loss, published by Hay House.

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You can read a full breakdown of all the components included in the treatment package on the Course Details page. There is also an explanation of the treatment on the Does This Work? page. We look forward to working with you. Additionally, you can read reviews from medical and other professionals on the Medical Endorsement page.

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You can read additional information about us and our weight-loss treatment on the Gastric Mind Band website.

Although the weight-loss results and success stories shown on the site are typical, individual results will vary and are not guaranteed. Weight-loss success depends on each individual’s level of motivation, commitment, food intake and metabolism.

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