Obesity is rarely out of the news, often headlined as “The Modern Plague” and classified as an epidemic in many countries. Obesity is defined as a condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health; a person whose body weight is 20% higher than it should be is considered obese.
Faced with this ever more challenging problem, Yeditepe University Hospital offers a wide-ranging spectrum of treatments to help patients suffering from what can be a debilitating and self-perpetuating condition. While some cases may be addressed, at least initially, through dietary regimes and counseling, other cases may require surgical intervention, known as bariatric surgery.
Yeditepe University Hospital’s Obesity Center and International Patients
One of the modern world’s most severe health issues, obesity is not only an esthetic issue but also affects the overall health and quality of life of millions of people.
Yeditepe University Hospital’s Obesity Clinic caters for international patients and their accompanying persons, offering the latest techniques, advice, programs and surgery in liaison with international patients’ medical professionals in their home countries.
Operating as a sub-unit of the General Surgery Center, our Obesity Clinic uses laparoscopic methods to perform bariatric surgery that is known as the “Permanent Weight Loss Method” as a result of significant body weight loss. This method begins to show significant results after 6 months, and takes up to 18 months in total.
With the additional support and consultation of psychologists and dieticians, this can give our international weight loss surgery patients a whole new life of good health and activity.
Patients who seek information on obesity from public sources are exposed to information overload and sometimes misinformation.
Accurate and updated information can only really be obtained from fully equipped centers such as the Yeditepe University Hospital Obesity Clinic that specialize in obesity surgery.
Successful obesity surgery cannot only be defined as a certain degree of weight loss over a short period of time. It must also be medically acceptable and proven, and maintain the weight loss in the long term with minimum side effects or complications.
The Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions Obesity Clinic caters for international patients, their families and accompanying persons, offering the latest techniques, advice, programs and surgery in liaison with international patients’ healthcare providers and professionals in their home countries.
Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions Multidisciplinary Approach
Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions brings together a wide array of surgical branches as part of our multidisciplinary approach to all health and obesity issues. Thus, our Obesity Surgery Unit is fully integrated into other fields of specialization including the Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Exercise and Nutritional Physiology, Dietetics and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. International patients are offered the services of other Centers as and when required.
At the Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions Center of Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery we offer international patients a comprehensive program designed to help them lose significant weight, keep it off, and improve their health and well-being over the long term.
International patients are provided with a dedicated Recovery Specialist throughout their stay at the Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions, who will assist the patent and their accompanying persons in all aspects of their treatment, including liaison with healthcare professionals in their home country.
The Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions program includes:
- Extensive pre-operative evaluation and preparation
- Psychological evaluation
- Pre and post-op behavior modification program run by our psychologist, dietician, in weekly support groups
- Personal trainer diet counseling with our registered dietician
- Lifelong follow up and liaison with the patient’s healthcare providers in their home countries
Is weight-loss (bariatric) surgery right for you?
In general, gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgery could be an option for you if:
- Efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extreme obesity)
- Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea
- In some cases, you may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery if your BMI is 30 to 34 and you have serious weight-related health problems
At Yeditepe University Hospital Obesity Clinic, we specialize in minimally invasive bariatric surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, enabling our patients to undergo weight-loss procedures performed through small incisions. This greatly facilitates and shortens the recovery period. We are equipped with the technology and the experienced specialized medical team to carry out advanced Three-Port Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy, without drains, which results in early feeding (within 6 hours), and discharge in two days. Over 500 Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy patients have been discharged without any complications, and without the need for subsequent readmission.
As a bariatric surgical unit we are providing complete specialized care for all patients, including those with the most challenging and complex conditions, in order to ensure the best outcomes. Our hospital is a highly credentialed bariatric center that successfully treats a high volume of cases including patients from beyond Turkey.
If you're thinking about it, contact Yeditepe University Hospital to arrange an appointment with our team of experts, so you can see for yourself whether it's a good option for you.