Biliopancreatic Diversion in Turkey is an effective bariatric surgery for significant weight loss in obesity.
Biliopancreatic diversion is a surgical procedure for weight loss. Biliopancreatic diversion in Turkey is often operated in the duodenal switch variant. The operation is particularly suitable for patients with high obesity and a BMI of over 50, for whom other methods of weight reduction did not bring the desired results. The high expertise and many years of experience of the specialists and surgeons in Turkey give patients back their health and a good quality of life.
In the first step of this operation, the so-called sleeve gastrectomy is performed. Approximately 80 percent of the natural stomach is removed. What remains is a smaller stomach, which has a tubular shape similar to a banana. In biliopancreatic diversion, the pylorus valve, through which food is delivered to the small intestine, and a limited part of the small intestine remain. In the second step of the operation, the surgeon connects the end section of the intestine with the duodenum near the stomach. This procedure significantly reduces food intake and nutrient uptake, including proteins and fats. Biliopancreatic diversion in Turkey usually requires only one procedure. In less frequent cases, biliopancreatic diversion in Turkey can be performed in two separate procedures. The weight loss after the gastrectomy of the sleeve is waited for before the intestinal bypass is being placed.
Biliopancreatic diversion is performed to help you lose weight. At the same time, the risk of potentially life-threatening diseases is reduced. These include:
High blood pressure
High cholesterol level
Severe sleep apnea
Type 2 diabetes
In Germany, doctors often perform this operation only after patients have already tried to lose weight by changing their diet and exercise habits. At the same time, this weight loss operation is significantly more expensive than in Turkey. Most health insurance companies do not cover the cost of a biliopancreatic diversion.
The Turkish specialists will carry out some examinations before the operation. On the day of the operation you will receive general anesthesia in the operation room. This will allow you to sleep during the operation and you will not notice the operation. An anaesthetist continuously monitors the effect of the anaesthetic and the circulation.
Before the operation the Turkish doctors will discuss the surgical procedure with you in detail. Many operations can be performed laparoscopically, i.e. with instruments through small incisions in the abdominal cavity. This avoids the traditional large or open incisions. At the same time, the costs are lower and the recovery time shorter. Each of the two phases of the operation takes a few hours. After the operation you will be monitored in a recovery room by trained and experienced medical personnel.
Immediately after a biliopancreatic diversion you will be fed on liquids. Stomach and intestines take time to heal. The special diet plan changes in the following days after the operation from liquid to pureed food. After a few days you can eat soft cooked food and then return to a normal diet. The Turkish team of doctors will recommend you to take additional vitamin and mineral supplements after the procedure to avoid a possible lack of micronutrients. After a biliopancreatic diversion in Turkey, it may be possible to lose an impressive 70 to 80 percent of your excess weight within a two-year period. However, actual weight loss after surgery also depends on lifestyle and diet changes.
Biliopancreatic diversion is performed in a Turkish specialty clinic. The duration of your stay in hospital depends on your recovery. In many cases, patients can leave the hospital after only two days of laparoscopic surgery.
If you decide to undergo surgery in Turkey, the team of doctors will give you detailed information on how you can ideally prepare for the procedure. It may be necessary to have some examinations and laboratory tests carried out before the operation. It is also important for the treating physicians to know which medications, minerals, vitamins and dietary supplements you are currently taking. This ensures that you will also receive these drugs in the hospital. If you are taking blood thinning medication, it may be necessary to change this before the operation to avoid any complications. It is equally important for doctors to know if you have diabetes and are taking insulin or other diabetes medication. Their dose may need to be adjusted.
After the operation you will remain in hospital for a few days. Not only the medical care helps with the recovery, but also the distance and the peace from everyday life. The experienced clinic staff will carefully prepare you for discharge. After the biliopancreatic diversion, you may want to spend a few more days in Turkey and relax from the operation with good weather and food.