Gastric Band Abroad: Lithuania

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Price in EUR

Gastric band packages in our clinic:

  • Regular price – 3.690 £
  • UK dietitian package – 4.090 £ (recommended)

Detailed pricing explanation in the next tab

Regular price:

  • consultation with the surgeon and anaesthesiologist
  • all the necessary health tests before and after the surgery
  • bariatric surgery
  • anaesthesia
  • hospital stay (1-3 days) with 24 hours medical care
  • 24/7 personal assistance during your stay
  • transfers to / from the airport, hotel and clinic
  • diet instructions after bariatric surgery
  • 10% discount for plastic surgery later (if needed)
  • FREE dietician follow-up for 5 years (regular, not UK based)
UK dietitian package includes everything as the regular price plus:

Please note that the price of the surgery itself is provisional and may be accurately assessed only after the evaluation of each individual case.

The default currency at our clinic is EUR, so if you were looking at prices in GBP it may vary depending on GBP / EUR exchange rate at the moment of payment.

Things to consider when choosing a clinic and surgeon abroad:

  • Is it a World-class surgeon with similar experience to ours (700 bariatric surgeries per year) ?
  • Is bariatric staff available? We are one of the few clinics that has a specially trained bariatric nursing staff.
  • Experience with bariatric anaesthesia? Anaesthesia of overweight patients requires skill and specialised experience, and our anesthesiologists have been specialising in bariatrics for over 15 years.
  • What is the quality of the dietitian follow-up services? We offer a 5 year follow-up with a specialised UK-based bariatric dietitian.
  • Is it a multidisciplinary private hospital? Nordbariatric is a private clinic with modern facilities and exceptional care.
  • Overall knowledge in the field? We have designed a unique bariatric mobile app. Our surgeon is the co-author of more than 40 scientific articles.
Testimonials
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
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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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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.

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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 from NHS & HSE

The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund from NHS & HSE for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the UK and Irish systems 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 almost 15 years. Dr Maleckas is a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery in Eastern Europe and has trained many other bariatric surgeons in the region. Read more about the surgeon here.

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.

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.
The patients are provided postoperative care at the clinic without any additional fees. Your hospital stay may take up to 4 days. The surgeon only discharges our patients when they are in a good health state and ready to leave. This is contrary to the majority of clinics that tend to discharge patients one day after the surgery or even on surgery day.

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 your plane lands in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.

Our clinic is flexible date-wise and can usually arrange your surgery on the date convenient for you.

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.

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.

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.

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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COVID-19 situation in Lithuania

Lithuania has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases in Europe. Its rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100.000 residents in the last 14 days is more than 10 times lower than UK. You can read the latest COVID-19 updates here.

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What is a gastric band?

An adjustable gastric band, often called the band, is a bariatric surgery which helps patients lose as much as 40 percent of their excess weight. It is a minimally invasive, reversible and adjustable procedure. Food consumption is decreased by placing a silicone device (the so called band) around the top portion of the stomach. Its tightness can be adjusted by inflation or deflation through a port that is placed subcutaneously in the stomach.

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How is a gastric band performed?

A gastric band is performed in 1 to 2 hours under general anesthesia. It is most commonly performed laparoscopically, or via keyhole surgery, since it is a fairly quicker and safer way of operating. Just a few incisions are made in the stomach area so that a surgeon can insert a laparoscope and other surgical instruments inside the abdomen. Then a gastric band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and sutured to keep it safely in place. An inflatable band divides the stomach into two parts. The upper part that has a connection to the oesophagus can temporarily store approximately one cup of food and is smaller than the lower pouch. A port that is attached to the band is placed under the skin of the abdomen so that a surgeon can access it later on and inject a saline solution. It changes the tightness of the band, and thus, the size of the passage from the upper pouch to the lower pouch of the stomach, which is important for digestion.

When would someone need a gastric band?

Gastric band procedure should be chosen when other weight loss strategies, such as exercising, diet changes, and medication, have failed to work. A qualified physician will evaluate the patient’s health and eligibility for a certain procedure and the best treatment option will be chosen. However, not every patient can qualify for gastric band surgery. Particular criteria should be met.

  • A gastric band is only recommended in cases of severe obesity.
  • A body mass index (BMI) score should be at least 35 in cases other medical conditions (diabetes, arterial hypertension or sleep apnea) are present and 40 if a patient does not have any other obesity-related health issues.
  • Note that a gastric band surgery helps lose approximately 40 percent of one’s excess weight. The results depend greatly on each particular case and the patient’s dedication to adapt to lifestyle changes.
How does a gastric band compare to a gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve surgeries?

There are quite a few bariatric procedures to choose from. A gastric band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries all possess certain advantages and disadvantages and vary greatly by the techniques used.

gastric bypass and a gastric sleeve are both surgical procedures that are more invasive as compared to a gastric band surgery.

 A bypass surgery, also known as a The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, functions by changing digestive pathways and reducing absorption as well as volume of the stomach. Firstly, the stomach is divided into two pouches. The upper pouch can contain approximately 30ml of food and will function as a new stomach. Then, the small intestine is divided and a middle part of it is attached to the upper pouch (the one that connects to the oesophagus). The upper end is connected to the top portion of the divided small intestine so that the gastric and pancreatic enzymes, as well as the bile salts, can mix with the food and aid digestion.

Gastric sleeve surgery, or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, works just by reducing the size of a stomach. Approximately 75 percent of the stomach is removed and a stomach acquires a sleeve-like shape. A reduced stomach size not only limits food intake but also the production of certain hunger hormones, such as gastrin and ghrelin.

Gastric sleeve surgery is irreversible, however, both bypass and sleeve result in more dramatic weight loss as compared to a gastric band. In addition to that, these techniques have gained more popularity in the recent years, presenting more favourable long-term results and less late complications. A gastric band, on the other hand, is reversible and less invasive, but has presented with more late complications. Recovery time and lifestyle changes are more or less similar for all three surgeries.

What are the challenges of a gastric band?

People who consider having gastric band surgery should be prepared for extreme dietary changes. The specific diet, which will be discussed below, should be strictly followed during the first 4 weeks after the surgery.

One of the most important aspects after gastric band surgery is post-surgery follow-ups. A patient will have the first visit after a week post-surgery and will have to visit a doctor every 4-6 weeks from then on. A physician will inject saline solution into the band through a port which was attached to a muscle wall just below the skin of the abdomen. It is extremely important for the band to be well-fitted.

Even though gastric band surgery is reversible it has one of the highest reoperation rates. Therefore, a patient should be prepared for potential additional surgery in case of the band malfunctioning. In rare cases, a band may erode into the stomach wall, get infected or slip.

What should I be prepared for?

Right after gastric band surgery a patient might feel sore, uncomfortable, and may feel mild pain in the region where the port was placed. The patient might also feel bloated. This is because a stomach was filled with gas so that a surgeon could have enough space to operate inside the abdomen.

For pain control the patients are usually prescribed painkillers, such as paracetamol.

The patient should expect to return to usual activities in about 2 to 4 weeks.

The patients should contact the clinic if they have experienced prolonged pain which is not alleviated with pain-killers, have nausea and vomiting or any other unusual symptoms, like an irregular heartbeat, high temperature, or palpitations.

In order to prevent malnutrition, food supplements should also be taken. The patient should prefer taking clinically tested vitamins and avoid less expensive multivitamin gummies, which usually lack certain vitamins. Multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and calcium are often prescribed. A dietitian will ensure proper intake of all the necessary vitamins.

A successful recovery and weight loss requires active participation from the patient’s side. The patient should walk for at least 30 minutes a day and start other forms of exercise as soon as they feel comfortable to do so. Commonly chosen activities may include swimming or walking.

How will my life look like after gastric band placement?

Right after gastric band placement surgery, the patients might find it more comfortable to sleep in a slightly tilted position and some may prefer to sleep in their favorite armchair. The patient should be able to drive a week post-surgery if fastening the safety belt feels comfortable.

A patient should experience gradual weight loss. In order to maintain losing weight, the patient should maintain a specific diet which involves only liquid foods on the first week, blended meals on the second week and slow introduction to solid foods during the third and the fourth weeks. Participating in social life and engaging in active hobbies are also crucial aspects of the patient’s new lifestyle.

Women should avoid getting pregnant for the first 18 months following bariatric surgery. During pregnancy, the band is specifically adjusted to fulfill the needs of a mother and a developing baby.

What will I be able to eat after gastric band surgery?

Right after a surgery, a patient should only consume clear liquids, like water, teas, clear broth. Sugar should be avoided as it may contribute to a dumping syndrome, which is caused by a rapid influx of sugars. Coffee may worsen acid reflux, and thus, should be avoided too. Carbonated drinks should not be consumed since they cause gas formation.

On the second-week post-surgery a patient’s digestive system is still unable to handle solids, therefore, the patient should stick to dense liquids, like nutrition shakes, protein shakes, diluted broth, unsweetened milk, sugar-free yogurt, fruit juices (without any chunks). At the end of the second-week oatmeal may be introduced.

During the third and the fourth weeks, a patient should still avoid solid foods and should rather stick to unseasoned, caffeine-free, sugar-free, low-fat pureed products. Protein intake should be increased by this time. The patient may continue drinking protein shakes and introduce boiled or cooked eggs, jarred baby foods, pureed fish and avocados, hummus, mashed bananas, and other non-fibrous fruits. Remember to eat slowly and chew well.

On the fourth and fifth weeks solid foods may be added and a patient may move to three meals of soft food a day. Well-cooked chicken, fish and vegetables, sweet potatoes, low-fat dairy products, and low-sugar cereal are favorable choices. The patient should still avoid high-fat products, steaks, fibrous fruits, white potatoes, and other high-carb options. Caffeine may be reintroduced with moderation.

Does it have to be removed at some point?

A gastric band is supposed to last a lifetime and is clinically tested for a long-term use. Gastric band removal surgeries are kept to a minimal; however, sometimes it might need to be replaced, adjusted or removed because of malfunctioning. In rare cases, the band might erode into the stomach wall or slip from its primary position. The band might need to be removed if the patient experiences severe adverse symptoms, like malnutrition or gastroesophageal reflux (GERL).

How much weight can I expect to lose with the gastric band?

A gastric band surgery can help almost 80 percent of the patients. Band placement usually results in up to 50 percent loss of the excess body weight. That means if a patient is overweight by 200 pounds (~90kg) they can expect to lose as much as 80 pounds (~40kg). Weight loss results depend on patients themselves since they are directly responsible for strictly following dietary recommendations and other lifestyle changes.

What are the possible side effects or complications of this procedure?

The risk of complications can be reduced by choosing a well-experienced doctor and strictly following the treatment plan. Moreover, the risk is reduced significantly if a patient does not smoke and is eager to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Possible complications include:

Pouch dilation may have symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, reflux, and early satiety. It can be managed non-operatively by adjusting the tightness of the band.

Blood clots can form during general anaesthesia or during the recovery period because blood moves more slowly through the veins than usual. In order to prevent blood clots, a patient should wear compression socks, walk if possible and refrain from smoking both pre- and postoperatively.

Surgical site infections may occur intra-abdominally or in the superficial wounds. If any signs of infection are noticed, a patient should contact their hospital and seek for antibiotic treatment.

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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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