Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a medical procedure that helps people who are severely overweight or obese to lose weight and improve their health. For several years, Spain has become a popular destination for patients seeking bariatric surgery abroad. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons why Spain has become a popular destination for bariatric surgery, and what patients can expect from the experience.
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, which means that the patient is completely asleep during the procedure. The surgery typically lasts an average of 60 minutes for all approaches, though this can vary depending on the specific procedure and the individual patient’s needs.
During the surgery, the patient is placed under general anaesthesia, and the surgeon makes two small incisions, typically between 5-12 millimeters in size, to insert laparoscopic surgery tools. One of these incisions contains a camera that allows the surgeon to view the patient’s anatomy in detail. The instruments are inserted through the other incision to minimize the size of the incision and reduce tissue damage.
The specific surgical approach used depends on the patient’s individual needs and preferences. For example, in gastric sleeve surgery, a large portion of the stomach is removed, while in gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch.
Due to the high quality of laparoscopic imaging and the safety of modern laparoscopic devices, the risks associated with these procedures are low. Bariatric surgery has a success rate of over 90% in achieving sustained weight loss and improving associated comorbidities.
What to expect after bariatric surgery in Marbella, Spain
Following bariatric surgery, the patient is typically able to get up and walk around within 24 hours. Over the next 48 hours, the patient will gradually begin to tolerate liquids in a varied manner. Discharge is usually assessed on the third day after surgery, with no drainage, and the patient will be prescribed a liquid diet to follow for an additional week.
After undergoing bariatric surgery, the patient will typically need to spend 2 to 4 days in the hospital to ensure proper recovery and management of any potential complications. During this time, the patient will be closely monitored by medical professionals and receive appropriate pain management and nutritional support.
Following their hospital stay, the patient will need to remain in Spain for an additional 10-14 days to ensure a safe and successful recovery. During this time, the patient will have follow-up appointments with their medical team to monitor their progress and make any necessary adjustments to their care plan.
Between the seventh and tenth day after surgery, the patient will have a follow-up consultation to evaluate their progress and receive nutritional advice. Based on this advice, the patient will be able to transition to a more varied diet over time, gradually progressing to a normal solid diet within a month and a half.
One of the advantages of the laparoscopic approach is the minimal aesthetic impact of the surgery. Since the incisions are small, there is little scarring, and the patient can expect a faster recovery time compared to traditional open surgery.
It’s important to note that while the recovery time after bariatric surgery is generally shorter than other surgeries, it is still a major medical procedure that requires careful post-operative care and lifestyle changes to maintain the results. The patient will need to work closely with their medical team to ensure a safe and successful recovery.
Costs for Weight Loss Treatment in Spain
The cost of weight loss treatment in Spain can vary depending on the type of procedure, the location of the hospital or clinic, and the specific needs of the patient. In general, bariatric surgery can range from around €5,000 to €15,000, with some procedures costing more than others.
However, it’s important to note that the cost of weight loss treatment in Spain may be lower than in other countries, particularly in the United States or the United Kingdom, where the cost of medical care can be much higher. Additionally, many patients travel to Spain for weight loss treatment because of the high quality of care and the expertise of the medical professionals.
It’s important to research the specific costs of weight loss treatment in Spain and to factor in additional expenses, such as travel and accommodation, when considering this option. Some hospitals or clinics may offer package deals that include all aspects of the treatment, including pre- and post-operative care and follow-up appointments. It’s also important to consult with a qualified medical professional to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs and to discuss any financial concerns you may have. If you live in the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you have the right to receive necessary medical treatment while travelling in another member country. This treatment may be refunded by the state-funded healthcare system in your home country.
Dr. Abdul Razack – Senior endocrine and bariatric surgeon in Marbella, Spain
Dr. Abdul Razack has operated on bariatric patients since 2001. During these 22 years, he worked at University Hospital Virgen del Rocío (Seville) as a senior endocrine and bariatric surgeon. Simultaneously he works at Fatima Hospital (Seville) as Head of Bariatric and Endocrine Surgery. Since January 2023 also works as Head of the International Program of Bariatric and Endocrine Surgery at QuironSalud Hospital (Marbella). Dr. Razack has also worked on International Surgical Cooperation Programs in several countries such as Nigeria, Benin, Gambia and Iraq. Dr. Razack is an Assistant Professor for practices at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Seville as well as he teaches endocrine and bariatric surgery to residents of General Surgery at University Hospital Virgen del Rocío.
Marbella Hospital – weight loss holidays
Quirónsalud Marbella Hospital has modern and comfortable facilities aimed at guaranteeing the highest level of well-being to patients and their relatives, combining personalized care and the high quality of its medical service with the support of the latest technology. Quirónsalud Marbella is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, a main tourist resort, which provides the project with an international dimension as it receives visitors from all over the world. Situated right in front of the beach and next to the fishing port of Marbella, most rooms are facing south and overlooking the sea, turning it into a center with unique characteristics on the Costa del Sol.