Gastric Balloon Abroad: Lithuania

         
Weight loss surgery in Lithuania package  

3.100 € / 2.500 £ (1 year Spatz balloon)

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Price includes:
  • consultation with gastroenterologist
  • necessary health tests
  • insertion and removal of gastric balloon
  • anaesthesia
 
  • hospitalisation (2 days)
  • 24/7 personal assistance
  • transfers to / from the airport, hotel and clinic
  • diet instructions after the surgery
  • 10% discount for plastic surgery later (if needed)
Testimonials

As seen on BBC

Our patient Paul was interviewed by the largest UK broadcaster BBC One on Nolan Live show. He chose to travel to our clinic from Nothern Ireland to undergo bariatric surgery with Professor Maleckas. He has lost 3 stones (~19 kg) in just one month. Watch Paul's story here from 42:30.

What sets us apart from other clinics?
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.
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Gastric balloon

Over the last few years, interest in bariatric surgery has been growing fast. More and more people decide to have a surgery instead of yo-yo dieting or spending long hours in a gym.

The gastric balloon is considered one of the most preferred choices. The main reason why people tend to choose the gastric balloon is that it can be removed at any point of treatment. This is optional for those who want to prepare for the further bariatric surgery. Weight loss achieved with the gastric balloon is more physiological. Firstly, there is no need for gastrointestinal tract reconstruction. Secondly, the gastric balloon creates a permanent feeling of fullness, and as a result you consume less food. Additionally, now we are able to suggest one-year gastric balloon implantation that provides tighter weight control and greater weight loss.

How is the gastric balloon inserted?

Gastric balloon lithuaniaThe gastric balloon procedure is mostly restrictive. This means that gastric volume will be minimized without reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. During the surgery a soft silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach. In order to prevent any complications, it will be done with endoscopic assistance. After that, the balloon will be filled with sterile saline or other solution.

After the procedure

Although the insertion of the gastric balloon is undemanding, the first weeks will require patience and determination. At first, you will need to get used to a feeling of fullness in the stomach. Sometimes symptoms such as nausea and pain may accompany recovery. In such cases, do not hesitate to ask a doctor to give you a prescription for medications to help treat these side effects. In addition, after the surgery you will have to make substantial changes in your nutritional behaviour. For the first 3-5 days you will be allowed to consume only small portions of liquids. Later, step-by-step, solid food will be added back into your diet.

Sometimes it is hard to estimate the volume of the gastric balloon, so you might need an adjustment. If you feel hungry, or if you have any uncomfortable sensations in the abdominal area, arrange a meeting with your doctor.

Types of gastric balloons. There are two systems available in our clinic – Allergan and Spatz gastric balloon systems. The Allergan balloon is inserted for a period of 6 months, while the Spatz balloon can be removed from the stomach after one year. Moreover, the Spatz one-year balloon can be refilled if the process of weight loss stops.

Gastric balloon is inserted temporarily. Depending on the type of balloon you choose, you will be asked to visit our clinic after 6 months (Allergan balloon) or one year (Spatz balloon) and the gastroenterologist will remove the balloon.

Complications

No surgery is risk free - it is very important to understand that and take some precautions. Most likely, you will feel some gastrointestinal symptoms after the gastric balloon is inserted. It might include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Rarely, the gastric balloon may initiate the formation of a peptic ulcer, gastro-esophageal reflux, or gastric perforation. On the other hand, you do not need to worry about it too much. Some of these complications are extremely rare, and doctors make enormous efforts to reduce them to zero.

Efficiency

After the gastric balloon procedure, it is expected that you will lose from 16 % to 23 % of your start weight*. When the gastric balloon is removed, the maintenance of weight highly depends on how you have changed your diet and physical habits during the period of treatment. For the 6-month balloon, it is estimated that only one third of patients reach long-term weight loss, while the larger portion of patients fall back into old habits. On the other hand, clinical studies of one-year gastric balloon patients revealed more encouraging results.

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Before & after pictures

Our patients are sending us their before and after pictures. You can find them in our  Facebook album or Instagram album. This can be your source of inspiration!

*Please note that each case is individual and the results may vary.

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