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.
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.
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.
• 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
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.
We proudly present the product of our clinic – 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. Read more
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Right after gastric balloon insertion, you are likely to experience discomfort and nausea for a few days. These symptoms disappear as your digestive tract gets used to the gastric balloon. Although it is possible to return to work after a few days following the gastric balloon fitting, we recommend you take at least a week to rest and recover. Do not forget to exercise gently (e.g. walking every day for 15-30 minutes).
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:
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.
You may have your first sip of water as soon as 6 hours after the procedure. The first three days you will be able to consume only liquids. Over the next two weeks, the diet transitions from liquid-only to semi-liquid with gradual reintroduction of solids. Transition time depends mainly on your body’s ability to adjust and tolerate the gastric balloon.
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.
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.