Gastric Sleeve Abroad: Lithuania
6.500 € / 5.200 £
I was operated in this clinic and I am very happy. My weight has been very stable over the past year. I now weight 67 kg and am 177 cm tall, expecting a child now and have not gone up more than 7 kg. 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.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of restrictive surgery that affects the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract amending its structure to evoke weight loss. The main goal of the surgery is to make the stomach smaller and in doing so limit food intake.
How is it performed?
Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical procedure performed inside the abdominal cavity of the patient. There are two different ways to open up the abdominal cavity. First, and more common, is the minimally invasive laparoscopic technique - several small incisions are made to insert instruments and a camera to guide the procedure. The second way to enter the abdominal cavity is open surgery – the stomach is accessed through the vertical incision in the patient’s abdominal wall. During the procedure about 80% of the stomach is removed* leaving a narrow “sleeve” looking tube, hence the name of the procedure. Surgical staples or sutures are used to close the loose ends of the stomach.The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and decreases food intake without rearranging the other parts of the digestive system leaving your intestines intact.
Weight loss mechanism
After the surgery the stomach will be able to contain around 150ml of food, compared to the 500ml or more before the undergoing the procedure.This reduction provides a couple of mechanisms to reduce the weight of a person. First of all, the amount of food that can be eaten at one time is lessened, the stomach walls are stretched more readily and this quickens the feeling of satiety. Secondly, hunger is directly affected due to the reduced stomach area that produces ghrelin („hunger hormone“), a substance that activates the appetite centre in the brain and plays a role in how you feel and relieve hunger. These two mechanisms contribute to a weight loss.
Who is a candidate for a sleeve gastrectomy?
There are some requirements the patient has to meet before the surgery. The patient is suitable for the weight loss surgery when their efforts to reduce weight with dieting and exercise have been unsuccessful and the patient’s body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher. However, this surgery may also be considered if the BMI is 35 or higher and a life-threatening or disabling problem related to excess weight, for example type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea or high blood pressure is present. Also, there are some contraindications for this procedure, including comorbidities that markedly reduce one’s life expectancy and are unlikely to be improved with weight reduction, for example advanced cancer and severe cardiopulmonary, end-stage renal or hepatic disease. Furthermore, it is very important for the patient to understand the principles and nature of the procedure and to take up appropriate postoperative rehabilitation and change the lifestyle accordingly. Lack of compliance with these conditions may be considered as a contraindication for the procedure.
Results of sleeve gastrectomy
After the sleeve gastrectomy most people lose 60-65% of their excess weight*. The level of success depends on how consistently the patient follows appropriate exercise and eating regime postoperatively. As with any procedure, potential risks and complications can arise. Overall complication rate - as well as the mortality rate - is low compared to other weight loss procedures. Most common complications associated with surgery are: infection of the incision and staple line leaks from the stomach into the abdominal cavity resulting in infection and bleeding. Even though rare and temporary, some gastrointestinal disturbances may still occur, such as aversion to food, nausea, vomiting and reflux. Also, some minerals and vitamins may not be well absorbed due to reduced stomach size. To sum up, the procedure has pros and some rare cons.
Read more about gastric sleeve:
- Gastric sleeve: advantages and disadvantages
- What to expect after gastric sleeve?
- Choosing between gastric bypass and gastric sleeve
- Revision: gastric sleeve to gastric bypass
- Preparation for weight loss surgery
- Hospitalisation after weight loss surgery
Before and after photos of our patients
*Please note that each case is individual and the results may vary.