Gastric Band Abroad: Lithuania

We are one of the leading bariatric surgery clinics for medical tourists in the European Union. We are proud of the fact that over 90 % of our patients come from the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and other countries.

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One of the most experienced private bariatric clinic teams in Europe. More than 7.000 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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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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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. 

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5-year follow up with dietitian

Nutrition is one of the main focus after weight loss surgery to maximize weight loss and prevent weight gain. We offer a dietitian who will talk with you about the diet you’ll need to follow after surgery, explaining what types of food and how much you can eat at each meal. Karolina is a dietitian and Nutrition Consultant with a degree in the medical field. Read more about her here.

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Our team of 3 bariatric surgeons has 15-20 years of experience in the field in total performing over 500 different bariatric surgeries per year. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Our leading bariatric surgeon Dr Almantas Maleckas has performed more than 7.000 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.

We are one of the leading bariatric surgery clinics for medical tourists in the European Union. We are proud of the fact that over 90 % of our patients come from the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and other countries.

We are trusted by our patients and we appreciate all the reviews and feedback collected over the years. Find testimonials here or on Google. 

Already more than 5.000 of our former, current and future patients joined our online community with the aim to build a space for opinions and mutual support. Members are welcome to share experiences about their visit to the clinic and to discuss all surgery-related matters. 

We offer a 5-year follow-up which includes being able to get in touch with our Lithuanian dietitian Karolina. She is consulting patients after surgery and is available upon request to answer postoperative nutritional questions for five years after surgery.

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Our clinic is the only clinic that has developed its 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.

Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical services. We care about the safety, comfort and successful results of our patients from all over the world. 

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. 

We provide customer service in 9 foreign languages including English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish. Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including nurses, assistants and the surgeon.

Combining different plastic surgery procedures to offer optimal treatment for post-bariatric patients has been our plastic surgery department’s specialisation for many years now. We have performed such surgeries for more than 10.000 patients to this date. Since weight loss patients often require multiple surgical procedures to address excess skin, surgery planning and surgeons’ experience are very important. We carefully select patients, evaluate each case individually, and only agree to combine surgeries within health & safety limits. Our team of 9 plastic surgeons performs more than 3.000 plastic operations a year, a number that no other clinic in Central & Eastern Europe can match.

Special bariatric app for your mobile phone
  • Created by Nordbariatric clinic
  • Special bariatric diet recommendations based on a particular product, a patient’s gender, time after surgery and other factors
  • Available in 6 languages
  • Available on iOS as well as Android.
  • To this date the app was downloaded more than 100.000 times!
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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.

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.

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?
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: