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Gastric Band in Johor Bahru

The Ultimate Guide to Gastric Band in Johor Bahru

Find out about Gastric Bands in Johor Bahru, Malaysia with Medical Departures.

This popular bariatric surgery is perhaps one of the most-well known of all the weight loss procedures and is something that more-and-more people are considering in order to get their weight under control.

Obesity is on the increase across the globe, and while it is a cause for concern for the people suffering from it in terms of self-esteem, it also has a knock-on effect on the state of their health.

There are also wider repercussions because being excessively overweight often brings with it a host of other health problems, including diabetes, which in itself also brings with it a range of complications and co-morbid conditions.

Very often, patients are desperate to get a normal-sized body and their health back, but find that the surgery is not covered by insurance, and that the cost is just too much for them to pay out of their own pocket. This is where traveling to somewhere like Johor Bahru could be a good option.

Why have a gastric band in Johor Bahru?

Johor Bahru is a fast-developing city at the southern end of the Malaysian Peninsula. Its proximity to Singapore – only a short taxi ride over the Johor Strait – means it has always proven to be a favourite for visiting Singaporeans who take advantage of the lower cost of living in Malaysia.

The city, like any metropolis worth its salt, is good for shopping, dining-out, entertainment and accommodation. There are also other leisure attractions, including a zoo, an urban jungle, 25 km of recreational waterfront as well as activities that include golf, horseriding and paintballing.

As medical and healthcare tourism has increased in the region, Johor Bahru is perfectly placed to take advantage of its geographical position, and the fact that Malaysia ranks very highly for its healthcare facilities, as well as being a very popular holiday destination. The recent fluctuation of the Malaysian currency has also made the country even more attractive as tourists are getting far more Ringgits for their bucks.

Medical travellers can rest assured that the facilities in the country are good. The Malaysian government is serious about providing excellent medical tourism facilities that exceed expectations and are on a par with the best standards anywhere in the world. Hospitals and clinics are modern and well-equipped; medical staff are well-qualified and internationally-recognized health and safety standards are adhered to.

Why choose Medical Departures for gastric bands in Johor Bahru?

We know how daunting it is to think about getting surgery abroad, particularly if you are concerned about the expertise and standards available. This is why we’ve made the job easier by doing our own background checks, so that you can feel reassured about your clinic’s/surgeon’s credentials when you book with us.

Our checks include legal and criminal checks, onsite visits and collation of real patient testimonials. We also verify doctor qualifications and list any relevant professional affiliations, such as the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).

What does the gastric band involve and how long does it take?

The procedure is normally completed in about an hour. It is usually done with a laparascope these days, which is a long, thin tube with camera and light attached that is inserted through small incisions in the abdomen into the abdominal cavity. The pictures of the insides of your body are then shown on a monitor, so the surgeon can see what’s going on and do any work through the incisions without having to make a long incision, which takes a lot longer to heal and is more debilitating in terms of recovery time.

The procedure effectively reduces the size of the stomach by attaching a band around the upper part. The band contains a balloon which is made bigger by inserting saline into it. The swollen balloon tightens the band, which reduces the size of the stomach. This means you will get fuller quicker when you eat, so you’ll eat less and lose weight.

What is the recovery time?

You will need to stay in hospital for 2-5 days. For the first few days you will not be allowed to eat in order to give your digestive system time to recover. After that, goods will be reintroduced, but starting on liquids, progressing to pureed or soft foods before returning to normal solids.

It will take a while to get used to your new regime, and it may be several months before you begin to feel more like your old self (or hopefully like your new self!)

What is the cost of a gastric band in Johor Bahru compared to Australia and New Zealand?

A Gastric Band in Johor Bajru costs approximately $10,900 (NZ $11,500; US $8,300; CAD $11,000, GBP £6,700, Euros €7,600) in comparison to $14,000 (NZ $19,000; US $14,000; CAD $18,600, GBP £11,400, Euros €12,800) in Australia.

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