Gastric Balloon Abroad: Lithuania

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Sue, UK
Sue, UK
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This hospital and staff have got the whole package from collection at the airport to consultations so very friendly and professional you are put at ease from the moment you arrive. The only regret I have I wish I had done this years ago. You are up and about so quickly the staff are magnificent I felt so cared for, I now think back and wondered why I was so worried about doing this. I would highly recommend this to anyone overweight.
Lynn, UK
Lynn, UK
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I'm so pleased I went with Nordbariatric Clinic. They are such a professional, friendly & caring team. From correspondence with emails, being picked me up from the airport, taking me for tests, to my hotel & back to the airport. The hospital stay was amazing, the communication was fantastic & I had nothing to worry about. I was well looked after & they couldn't do enough for your recovery & comfort. Thank you to all the staff at Nordbariatric Clinic you are a remarkable team.
Jayne, Scotland
Jayne, Scotland
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Do not hesitate, you will be looked after from the moment you arrive at the airport. The clinic and the team are wonderful, especially Ausra and Santa, they are angels. The Professor is wonderful and will answer all your questions and put you at ease. In terms of value for money this is the top. I was worried about the quality of service by going abroad but I can honestly say I believe I have had better treatment at Nordbariatric than I would ever have got in UK.
Zoe, UK
Zoe, UK
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From the outset I was filled with confidence by the professionalism and efficiency of all the staff from Aurelija my customer service repesentative, to the other reps - Irina and Simona, the medical professionals - Dr Maleckas, the surgeon and the nurses (special mention for Ausra) who cared for me. Never been looked after better and the whole experience in Lithuania was life altering. Would I recommend them? 100%, they are fantastic and if I need further surgery in future I wouldn't hesitate to come back.
Vanessa, Spain
Vanessa, Spain
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Excellent care of each and every one of those who are part of the team! Thank you all...Doctor Maleckas, a true expert! All of the nurses great, they treat you superrr well! Thank you all!!!! And Daiva!!! You are fantastic!!! Thank you very much for everything! And I hope to see you again soon!!! A big kiss!!!
Christine, Norway
Christine, Norway
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A great clinic with a really friendly staff. They take good care of you and make you feel safe during your stay 🙂 All the uncertainty I had before I travelled, disappeared when I first met them.
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As seen on BBC

Our patient Paul was interviewed by the largest UK broadcaster BBC One on Nolan Live show 1 month and 1 year after the surgery. He chose to travel to our clinic from Nothern Ireland to undergo bariatric surgery with Professor Maleckas. He has lost 8 stone (~50 kg). Watch interview here.

Other stories

Our patients’ stories have also been mentioned in other media. Read the full stories here.

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bariatric surgeries performed

One of the most experienced private bariatric clinic teams in Europe. More than 6.000 bariatric surgeries were performed by our surgeon to this date. A figure that no surgeon or clinic in a region can match.

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our app downloads worldwide

The only clinic in Europe with a specially designed bariatric mobile app for patients after weight loss surgeries. Available in 6 languages on iOS as well as Android devices.

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Refund for EU patients

Get your surgery for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the systems of one of the EU countries and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times. 

World-class surgeon

• Our surgeon Almantas Maleckas is a doctor of medical science
• UK General Medical Council (GMC) certified
• He performed over 6.000 bariatric operations
• A pioneer in laparoscopic surgery in the region
• More than 15 years working experience in Sweden, Gothenburg University hospital
• Works both in Lithuania and Sweden, speaks fluent English and Swedish
• London School of Economics graduate

5-year follow up with UK-based dietitian

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, we offer 5-year follow-up with the surgeon and UK based dietician. Deborah is a Registered dietitian and Nutrition Consultant with over 25 years of experience. Read more about her here.

Special bariatric app for your mobile phone

We proudly present the product of our clinicBariatric 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. Read more

What sets us apart from other clinics?
Dr Almantas Maleckas has performed more than 6.000 bariatric surgeries. He is fluent in four languages, among which English and Swedish. The surgeon has been regularly working in Sweden for over 15 years. Dr Maleckas is a pioneer of laparoscopic surgery in Eastern Europe and has trained many other bariatric surgeons in the region. Read more about him here.
 

The clinic is equipped with modern diagnostic and surgical facilities compliant with all EU standards and requirements. 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. 

Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which the UK, Ireland, 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.
The patients are provided postoperative care at the clinic without any additional fees. Your hospital stay is approximately 2 days. However, the surgeon only discharges a patient when they are in a good health state and ready to leave. 

All inclusive price, which is two times lower than in most Western European clinics. Our clinic works with highly competent medical professionals and experts with years of experience 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.

Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical service.

Our clinic has a Facebook community of more than 2.000 bariatric patients. In this group our past and future patients share their experiences, useful recommendations and transformation photos. You may join the group here.

Once you land in Lithuania, you do not have to worry about any transportation arrangements. You will receive airport pickup/dropoff and all transfers related to your surgery, tests, consultations and followup. Our staff are always only a phone call away.

Our clinic is the only clinic which has developed their own app designed specifically for bariatric patients – Bariatric IQ. The most useful feature of this app is special bariatric diet recommendations based on a particular product, a patient’s gender, time after surgery and other factors. Such a feature has not been replicated by any other bariatric apps in the world. Read more and download the app on your IOS or Android smartphone here.

2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is part of the EU and is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new routes, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.

Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and the surgeon.

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.

You can find lots of testimonials from our previous patients online. Reading all the positive feedback on Google or Facebook can help you make a final decision. 

Our clinic operates strictly according to international standards. Therefore, contrary to most of the commercially oriented clinics in the region, we advise patients with lower BMI of non-surgical procedures. Dr Maleckas approves patients after a thorough evaluation of each case.

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COVID-19 situation

Our clinic is open and operates in accordance with all safety requirements. All the procedures are implemented as usual. You can read about the latest COVID-19 updates here.

Direct flights to Lithuania
from UK
from UKin 2 h 30 mins
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London (London City, Stansted, Luton), Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Doncaster, Belfast
from Spain
from Spainin 3 h 30 mins
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Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante
from Norway
from Norwayin 1 h 30 mins
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Oslo (Sandefjord Torp, Gardemon), Bergen, Stavanger, Ålesund
from Germany
from Germanyin 2 h
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Berlin, Nurnberg, Cologne, Bremen, Dortmund, Munchen, Frankfurt
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Gastric balloon

What is a gastric balloon?

A gastric balloon, stomach balloon, or an intragastric balloon, is a medical device which can be temporarily placed into the stomach. The balloon sits in the stomach for up to 1 year and then needs to be removed. It controls the portion size and allows for a steady weight loss. With the gastric balloon, a patient feels full faster and satisfied for a longer time. Additionally, gastric balloon changes hunger hormone balance, and thus, effectively reduces hunger. It is proven that the gastric balloon helps to lose as many as 3 times more weight than with just dieting and exercising. The gastric balloon can only be placed if a proper diet and exercising routine fail to provide the desired weight loss results.

Gastric balloon placement is a favorable option for those who cannot or do not want to undergo other permanent bariatric surgeries, like a sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass. A patient can expect to lose as much as 30 % of excess body weight. Losing a significant amount of weight can lower the risk of various obesity-related health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. Note that the gastric balloon only aids in weight loss if the patient actively contributes to the process by following a diet and forming healthy lifestyle habits.

FAQ sessions with our surgeon
FAQ: How much weight it is normal to loose a month after surgey?
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FAQ: What is sleeve gastroplasty (POSE) procedure
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FAQ: Would gastric balloon be helpful if you are overweight?
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FAQ: Why might the weight loss stop after bypass surgery?
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FAQ: The weight loss stops few weeks after surgery, is it normal?
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FAQ: Hunger after the weight loss surgery, is it a normal feeling?
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FAQ: Liver shrinking diet.
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FAQ: How long will I keep loosing weight after weight loss surgery?
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FAQ: Is gastric sleeve surgery less invasive and more simple surgery?
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Watch full list of interview sessions on our Youtube channel.

How is the procedure performed?

Gastric balloon insertion is a non-surgical procedure performed in an inpatient setting. In total, the procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. A patient is under sedation, and thus, does not experience any major discomfort during the procedure.

Who is eligible for a gastric balloon?
  • who are moderately overweight;
  • with BMI (Body Mass Index) of more than 29 but less than 40;
  • who are unable to lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone;
  • who cannot or do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery.
  • who are not determined to change their diet and lifestyle habits.
  • women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to have a child within 6 months;
  • who have had previous gastrointestinal surgery 
  • who have experienced gastric bleeding, gastric ulcers, have a hiatal hernia, or anatomical abnormalities of the oesophagus or larynx;
  • who cannot be operated endoscopically;
  • who are addicted to drugs or other substances.

Bear in mind that physical examination, as well as a thorough evaluation of the medical history, is needed to clarify one‘s eligibility for a gastric balloon insertion.

Recovery after gastric balloon insertion
Possible risks of the procedure

As for every surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with an endoscopically guided gastric balloon insertion, medications used for sedation, and a patient’s tolerance for a foreign object in the stomach. Several complications are:

  • complete or partial bowel blockage;
  • insufficient weight loss;
  • discomfort or abdominal pain;
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • gastroesophageal reflux;
  • infection;
  • digestive tract injury;
  • balloon deflation.

Fortunately, our clinic has a highly experienced medical team and surgeons who do their best to keep complication risk to a minimum. We can ensure that you will receive professional patient care before, during, and after your gastric balloon insertion.

How will my diet look like with a gastric balloon?
Removing the gastric balloon. How to prepare?

The gastric balloon needs to be removed no later than 1 year following the insertion because of increased risk of balloon deterioration and damage after this point. It takes about 20-30 minutes to remove the balloon. Firstly, the patient is mildly sedated. Then a doctor drains the saline and deflates the balloon so that it can be pulled out through the mouth.

Before the gastric balloon removal procedure, you will have to take heartburn medication which reduces gastric reflux that can occur after a gastric balloon is removed. Since your stomach must be empty for the removal, you should not consume any solid foods (you can have frequent sips of low-calorie drinks) for 48 hours before the scheduled procedure. 

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Personal assistance in Lithuania

We will advise you on travel arrangements including flights to and from Lithuania.  We will take care of airport pick up and drop off and arrange a pleasant stay in a comfortable hotel at a convenient location.  We will be there for you 24/7 if needed.

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

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