Gastric Plication 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.

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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 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.

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 10 languages, among which English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish,  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: We're open!

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
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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
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Berlin, Nurnberg, Cologne, Bremen, Dortmund, Munchen, Frankfurt
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What is a gastric plication?

Weight loss surgery is currently known as the most effective overweight and obesity management strategy. Moreover, it has been recently acclaimed as having long-lasting positive effects on patient’s metabolic properties and general well-being. Gastric plication is a relatively new and promising restrictive technique which involves folding the stomach into itself at the greater curvature in order to reduce gastric volume. It is a minimally invasive procedure since no gastric or intestinal resection is performed. Rapid and prolonged results are achieved by preserving the durable plication folds with one or two rows of nonabsorbable sutures or staples.

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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How does gastric plication cause weight loss?
Will gastric plication suit me?
Recovery after gastric plication. What should I expect? How much weight can I expect to lose?

It is important to remember that recovery after gastric plication is as important as the surgery itself and, as with all weight loss surgeries, wilful changes to one‘s lifestyle and diet play a critical part in determining the long-term success of the procedure.

It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. During that time it is absolutely normal to experience fatigue, nausea or pain in the abdominal area. It should be managed with medication that the operating surgeonhas prescribed.

It is important to stay at least minimally active even right after the surgery. Short walks and light exercises stimulate bowel movement which is especially beneficial as the whole gastrointestinal tract needs to adapt to the plication.

The main goal during the recovery time is to get used to eating again. The day after the surgery patients start drinking small amounts of unsweetened clear liquids and gradually progress to pureed foods and tougher foods later on.

During the first year after surgery morbidly obese patients with pre-operative BMI greater than 40 are expected to experience a profound weight loss with a BMI down to 30-32. On the whole, it is common for patients to lose about 30-55 % of their excess weight after gastric plication. Exercising regularly, having one’s diet balanced and staying hydrated may significantly improve and prolong the post-operative result, too.

Diet and life after gastric plication. How will it look like?

A proper diet after the surgery is crucial for recovery to be fast and smooth. It is usually divided into four main phases starting from liquids in the first phase, pureed foods in the second phase, semi-pureed foods in the third and slowly progressing to more solid foods later on.

Pros and cons of Gastric Plication
How does gastric plication compare with other weight loss surgery methods?

The best known and commonly performed bariatric surgeries are gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Both of them are categorized as restrictive surgical procedures because some major irreversible rearrangements of the digestive tract are applied. Sleeve gastrectomy is particularly popular due to its simplicity, safety and high efficacy in resolving morbid obesity which is achieved by partial excision of the gastric tissue.

It may also be potentially revised into another bariatric surgery if some undesirable results are present after the stomach is plicated. However, a rather important issue with the gastric plication is that even after being plicated, the gastric tissue keeps on producing gastrointestinal hormones and in this case the most relevant one is ghrelin. Ghrelin is a hormone that directly induces feeling of hunger and it is very important to decrease ghrelin levels so that long-term weight loss surgery could be successful.

Is it reversible?

Gastric plication is still considered to be an investigational procedure. Therefore, no indisputable answers may be given to the question about its reversibility. It has been observed that gastric plication could be easily reversed in an early post-operative period just by cutting the suture lines and releasing the mild adhesions between the layers of plication. However, after the first 6 weeks reversal becomes notably complicated as tense fibrotic tissue dissection needs to be performed in order to restore normal stomach anatomy. Reversibility of gastric plication entirely depends on a smooth tissue membrane, also known as serosa, which covers the outer surface of the stomach and has the ability to form well-established serosa-to-serosa adhesions where the gastric plications meet. Therefore, potential reversibility is rather questionable and it is determined by the time that has passed after the initial 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.

We're open! Accepting patients from the UK and other countries