Gastric Bypass Abroad: Lithuania
6.500 € / 5.200 £
Many doors have opened for me, especially on the social life part. Now it's nice to go out and meet people, nice to buy clothes in a size 36 instead size 54 :-) I took blood samples 14 days ago and it is great, I eat everything except the wrong foods and sweets. Read more
Only we can offer:
- One of the most experienced private bariatric clinic teams in Europe (3.500+ bariatric surgeries done by our surgeon)
- The only clinic in Europe with a specially designed bariatric mobile app for patients (20.000+ users worldwide)
Danish patient: Desiree
Swedish patient: Pia
VIDEO: Desiree‘s Gastric Bypass Story
BLOG: 1 year after gastric bypass
|Video about our Danish patient named Desiree. You can watch her entire visit from arrival to Lithuania to visiting hotel, clinic, consultation with the surgeon, bariatric surgery, hospitalisation, her thoughts before and after gastric bypass surgery.*||Pia's blog about her experience during the first year after gastric bypass performed in our clinic. She has lost 1/3 of her weight and shares her photos made during this period.*|
• Our surgeon Almantas Maleckas is a doctor of medical science
• He made more than 3.500 bariatric operations
• The surgeon is a member of World Weight Loss surgery group
• A pioneer in laparoscopic surgery in the region
• 15 years working experience in Sweden, Gothenburg University hospital
• Works both in Lithuania and Sweden, speaks fluent English and Swedish
• Had practical courses and seminars in Germany, Greece, Switzerland
Follow up after weight loss surgery
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, our standard package includes 5-year follow-up with the surgeon and dietician. Read more about it here.
New bariatric app for your mobile phone
We proudly present our new product - 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.
- Top surgeon
- Dr Almantas Maleckas has performed more than 3.500 bariatric surgeries. He is fluent in four languages, among which English and Swedish. For almost 15 years the surgeon is regularly working in Sweden. Dr Maleckas is a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery in Eastern Europe and has trained many other bariatric surgeons in this region. Read more about the surgeon here
- 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.
Gastric bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the United States of America.
Combined gastric bypass surgery is called “combined” because not only the size of the stomach but also the length of the gastrointestinal tract is reduced. A small pouch (15–30 ml in volume) is formed from the upper part of the stomach.
The size of the stomach is reduced by almost 90 %*, therefore onetime food intake capacity decreases significantly, and the patient feels early sensation of fullness. Normally, food passes from the stomach into the small intestine which absorbs major proportion of nutrients as well as calories. The remaining food further passes into the large intestine. During the gastric bypass surgery, reduced stomach is connected directly to the middle part of the small intestine, thus bypassing the remaining gastric body and the upper part of the small intestine (duodenum). The procedure shortens the “path” of food through the gastrointestinal tract, and therefore less of it is absorbed. The extent of intestinal “bypass” is chosen according to patient’s BMI.
Gastric bypass is performed under general anesthesia, using minimally invasive laparoscopic approach.
Possible complications specific to gastric bypass surgery:
An anastomosis is a surgical connection between an intestine and the stomach or between two intestinal parts using special staples or sutures. Due to inappropriate healing of such connections, following complications are possible:
- Anastomotic leakage. This causes leakage of fluid from the gastrointestinal tract into the abdominal cavity and subsequent infection. Such complication occurs in 2 % cases, more often in the area of gastrointestinal anastomosis. Anastomotic leakage is usually treated with antibiotics. However, additional operation may be necessary.
- Anastomotic stricture. During the healing process of the anastomosis, scar tissue forms in that area. It normally recedes and only slightly narrows the diameter of the affected part of the gastrointestinal tract. However, in some cases excessive scarring may narrow intestinal diameter significantly and even disturb passage of liquid materials. Such condition may be corrected during a gastro-endoscopic procedure in which the stricture is dilated using a special balloon.
- Ulceration of the anastomosis. Occurs in 1–16 % cases. Causes of ulceration include insufficient circulation of the anastomosis, tension, increased gastric acidity, use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. This condition is treated conservatively – medications, special diet are used.
- Gastric dumping syndrome. If lots of carbohydrates are ingested, they pass directly into the small intestine. Subsequently, the organism secretes large amounts of fluid into the intestine to dilute excessive sugars. The patient may therefore feel abnormal heart beating, cold sweating, strange sensations in the stomach and anxiety. Such state may last for up to 45 minutes and is often accompanied by diarrhea.
- Lack of particular nutrients, minerals and vitamins. To avoid such complications, well-balanced nutrition and food supplements are highly recommended postoperatively. Hyperparathyroidism may develop due to inadequate absorption of calcium.
Studies show that gastric bypass surgery helps patients lose from 65 % to 80 % of their overweight. Moreover, significant decrease in associated co-morbidities is observed:
- Correction of hyperlipidemia and hypertension in more than 70 % cases
- Improvement of obstructive sleep apnea
- Correction of type II diabetes mellitus in more than 80 % of cases
- Recovery from gastroesophageal reflux disease
- 89 % decrease in overall mortality
Patient’s cooperation and correction of his / her nutritional habits is essential after restrictive adjustable gastric banding surgery as well as after combined gastric bypass surgery. From 5 to 6 meals per day are recommended, snacks should be strictly avoided. Patients should chew their food well, their bites should be small and they should stop using particular products. Non-adherence to aforementioned recommendations may cause various complications and furthermore, desired weight loss may not be achieved.
Read more about gastric bypass:
- Gastric bypass pros and cons
- Choosing between gastric bypass and gastric sleeve
- Lifestyle changes after gastric bypass
- Gastric bypass and pregnancy
- Gastric bypass and diabetes
- Gastric bypass and hypertension
- Gastric bypass and reduced heart attack risk
- Nutrition supplements to be taken after gastric bypass
- Gastric bypass increases risk of alcohol abuse
- Revision: gastric sleeve to gastric bypass
Before and after photos of our patients
*Please note that each case is individual and the results may vary.