Gastric Band Abroad: Lithuania
5.300 € / 4.200 £
I would like to express my highest praise for the clinic and all the staff. I felt well cared at all times. I will absolutely recommend your clinic at home. Read more
Only we can offer:
- One of the most experienced private bariatric clinic teams in Europe (3.500+ bariatric surgeries done by our surgeon)
- The only clinic in Europe with a specially designed bariatric mobile app for patients (20.000+ users worldwide)
Danish patient: Desiree
Swedish patient: Pia
VIDEO: Desiree‘s Gastric Bypass Story
BLOG: 1 year after gastric bypass
|Video about our Danish patient named Desiree. You can watch her entire visit from arrival to Lithuania to visiting hotel, clinic, consultation with the surgeon, bariatric surgery, hospitalisation, her thoughts before and after gastric bypass surgery.*||Pia's blog about her experience during the first year after gastric bypass performed in our clinic. She has lost 1/3 of her weight and shares her photos made during this period.*|
• Our surgeon Almantas Maleckas is a doctor of medical science
• He made more than 3.500 bariatric operations
• The surgeon is a member of World Weight Loss surgery group
• A pioneer in laparoscopic surgery in the region
• 15 years working experience in Sweden, Gothenburg University hospital
• Works both in Lithuania and Sweden, speaks fluent English and Swedish
• Had practical courses and seminars in Germany, Greece, Switzerland
Follow up after weight loss surgery
Follow-up after the surgery is essential. Nutrition is the most important aspect of follow-up to safely maximize weight loss and prevent weight gain. Therefore, our standard package includes 5-year follow-up with the surgeon and dietician. Read more about it here.
New bariatric app for your mobile phone
We proudly present our new product - Bariatric IQ mobile app, the first comprehensive and easy-to-use app specially designed to address all issues bariatric patients face before and after surgery. It is currently available in 6 languages, has a massive product database, recommendations, motivations, community and many other features.
- Top surgeon
- Dr Almantas Maleckas has performed more than 3.500 bariatric surgeries. He is fluent in four languages, among which English and Swedish. For almost 15 years the surgeon is regularly working in Sweden. Dr Maleckas is a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery in Eastern Europe and has trained many other bariatric surgeons in this region. Read more about the surgeon here
- Modern clinic
- The clinic is equipped with modern diagnostic and surgical facilities, all analogous to those in Western European clinics. You will be looked after by professional English speaking staff.
The wards are fully furnished and equipped with TV, WC and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available while staying in the clinic.
- One of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltics
- Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
Without any additional fees patients are tended in the clinic as long as they need. It may take up to 4 days. We only discharge our patients from the clinic when they are in a good health state and ready to leave. Contrary to a majority of clinics that tend to discharge patients one day after the surgery or even on the surgery day.
- Half the price
- All inclusive price, which is twice lower than in Western European clinics.
Our clinic works with medical professionals of highest education and experience level and uses the same materials as the clinics in Western Europe. More often than not, the quality of our clinic‘s facilities exceed the ones in Western European clinics.
The price difference is only due to considerably lower average salaries and taxes - which is the main reason for medical travel everywhere around the world.
- 24/7 personal assistance
- During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment of plane landing in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.
- Flexible date-wise
- Our clinic is flexible date-wise and can usually arrange your surgery on the date convenient for you.
- All English speaking staff
- Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and the surgeon.
- We speak in 8 languages
- Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 8 languages, among which English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, and Lithuanian.
- Direct flights
- 2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.
- Ethics & responsibility
- Our clinic operates strictly under international standards. Therefore, contrary to most of the commercially oriented clinics in the region, we advise the patients with low BMI for non-surgical procedures and refused to operate on them. Dr Maleckas approves patients after a thorough evaluation of each case.
- Credibility of country
- Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK.
It is a restrictive surgery (reducing the size of the stomach) using an adjustable gastric band (ring). The surgery reduces the volume of the stomach, therefore very small amounts of food make the patient feel full. Consequently, less calories are consumed with food. This is the least invasive technique of weight loss surgery. The surgery is performed using a laparoscope.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure enabling us to perform the surgery without any large incisions. Laparoscopic surgery leads to a more rapid return to everyday life, the period of disability after such procedure is significantly shorter, and the risk of postoperative complications is smaller as compared with open surgery (laparotomy).
Laparoscopic surgery is performed under general anesthesia. A small incision is made near the umbilicus and a small laparoscopic video camera is placed through the incision into the abdominal cavity. A few additional small incisions are made for insertion of surgical instruments. Carbon dioxide is introduced into the abdominal cavity to create a work space for the surgeon. All surgical actions inside the abdominal cavity are performed observing the view on the monitor. A special band is placed on the upper part of the stomach, in the area between the gastric cardia and body. The placed ring gives the stomach a sand-glass shape. Capacity of the upper part then totals about 100ml. The ring has a reservoir which is filled with saline. The reservoir is connected to a small capsule placed under the skin. The capsule allows postoperative band adjustment by injecting or removing some saline into / from it.
After the surgery patient‘s onetime food intake decreases significantly, because upper part of the stomach fills very quickly as the ring slows the passage of food to the lower part.
Gastric band can stay in patient‘s organism for life. The ring may have to be replaced only if it loses hermeticity, position or other complications manifest due to particular reasons.
Possible complications specific to adjustable gastric banding surgery:
- The most common complication – regurgitation of ingested food from the upper area of the stomach. To avoid it, the patient should eat small amounts of food per meal and every bite should be chewed slowly and properly. Large amounts of poorly chewed and unsuitable food may also cause obstruction of the passage from the upper to the lower part of the stomach.
- Slip of the ring, dilation of the upper part of the stomach or the esophagus. This complication is possible in cases of non-adherence to postoperative recommendations.
- Gastric erosion caused by the ring.
- Local pain.
- Infection of the fluid inside the ring.
- Dilation of the subcutaneous capsule, local pain, deflection of the capsule.
- Lack of particular nutrients, minerals or vitamins. To avoid such complications, well-balanced nutrition and food supplements are highly recommended postoperatively.
After this restrictive gastric surgery, patients lose an average of 0.5–1 kg per week. Patients with severe obesity usually lose more weight during the first weeks postoperatively. Consequently, average weight loss during the first postoperative year varies from 22 to 45 kilograms*.
Studies show that this procedure helps patients develop better nutritional habits and thus maintain their optimal body mass for a long period of time.
Before and after photos of our patients
*Please note that each case is individual and the results may vary.