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Bariatric Surgery in Philippines

The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Surgery in Philippines

Looking for affordable alternatives to lose weight than surgery at home? Then try bariatric surgery in the Philippines. It’s a fabulous destination where English is spoken everywhere – and the prices are a fraction of what you’d pay at home.

Sometimes obesity creeps up slowly and surely. Some people have a genetic predisposition towards obesity. Whatever the reason, if you simply cannot lose weight no matter what you do, then bariatric surgery is a tried and tested method to become slim. Unfortunately, obesity is now recognized as an almost life-threatening condition considering that it is a factor in diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, cholesterol problems, cancer, heart disease and even non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Apart from the very real health problems, being fat means that you always have to seek out plus-sizes or wear shapeless clothes. It is difficult to find things that make you look good or that fit well. If you have health problems as well that make it difficult for you to be active, then that is another complication. Bariatric surgery is now actually recommended by doctors as a safe surgical method that will enable you to lose weight.

Why consider bariatric surgery in the Philippines?

Often this surgery may be covered by insurance. But, that depends on certain criteria and also if you actually have sufficient medical insurance to cover the surgery costs. If your co-pay is very high or if insurance denies your claim, then you may have a fork out a great deal of money. In some countries that have compulsory or government sponsored medical insurance, there may be long waiting lists for this surgery.

The Philippines is a medical tourism destination with state of the art hospitals and medical centers in most tourist spots. As the cost of living here is low, medical costs are also correspondingly much less. You can combine a holiday in the Philippines along with this surgery and have a great time as well as still saving money. The country is easily accessible from Australia and New Zealand and also other countries in Asia and Oceania. 

Why should you not book on your own?

Even if you opt for one of the procedures that are done endoscopically so that recovery is faster, bariatric surgery is major surgery. The surgeon has to be skilled and be able to come up with the kind of surgery that will be right for you. Since surgery carries with it some risks, why would you want to increase your risks by booking on your own? If the surgery is not done right you can suffer from many problems like leaky gut, diarrhea, infection and others.

For increased safety and minimal risk book through Medical Departures. We check out the background, qualifications and credentials of the doctors attached to the hospitals and clinics we list on our website.  We ensure your safety and minimize the risk factors. We check that the medical centers offer good facilities, use the latest equipment and technology and meet international treatment standards so that you are no shortchanged in any way.

How long does bariatric surgery take and what is the approximate recovery period?

Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term that encompasses various surgeries and procedures that aim to reduce your food intake without your feeling hungry. The least invasive procedure is the intragastric balloon wherein a balloon is inserted into the stomach via the esophagus and then inflated to a particular size. This enables you to feel full faster. As this is done as an outpatient procedure you will be able to leave the premises soon. This is a temporary measure as the balloon can only be left in place for a maximum of six months. Another procedure is the gastric band surgery where a band is used to divide the stomach into two parts and this is also easily reversible and the band can be adjusted as well.

More permanent methods include the gastric bypass (Roux en Y procedure), sleeve gastrectomy, bilopancreatic diversion and duodenal switch. Many of these surgeries are much more complex and require hospital stay and healing time in the hospital as well. You can spend one or more nights in hospital depending on the seriousness of the surgery. After these surgeries you will need to be first on intravenous fluids, then on liquid foods, then soft foods and then graduate to solid eating after a few weeks. It can take six to eight weeks to recover from some of these surgeries.  You will need to follow medical advice particularly regarding nutritional needs and the diet you have to follow post surgery.

What is the cost of bariatric surgery?

You can pay between AUD 6,000 and AUD 18,000 if you have to pay for the surgery and don’t get any rebates. In the Philippines you will pay much less.

What now?

After bariatric surgery in the Philippines, you will look slimmer and be healthier. Book now with Medical Departures. Look below for ways to contact us.  

How do I book?

This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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