Operation: 2 – 3 hours
Weight loss surgery, technically called bariatric surgery, includes a range of procedures aimed at helping people with obesity lose weight in a short period of time. Studies show that weight loss surgery causes significant long-term weight loss, leading to improvements in obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and high blood pressure. For a free consultation and price quote for weight loss surgery with AriaMedTour, fill out the above form, and to learn more about bariatric surgery, continue reading.
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Weight loss surgery in Iran: all you need to know
Weight loss surgery is a popular procedure in Iran. According to a report in 2017, more than 7000 bariatric surgeries are annually performed in the country. Iran is also a great destination for foreign people who want to get a safe and affordable bariatric surgery.
Having a bariatric surgery done in Iran has a lot of merits: highly-skilled surgeons, affordable costs, hospitable people, great places to visit, and so on. Since the safety and efficacy of a weight loss surgery is the most important factor, choosing a well-qualified surgeon is of the central importance.
Bariatric surgeons in Iran
Iranian weight loss surgeons are among the best and most experienced in the world. Having graduated from top medical universities often with the Master of Surgery degree, they pursued advanced fellowships in bariatric surgery at top American and European universities and hospitals.
Bariatric doctors in Iran make use of the most recent medical technologies and approaches to perform weight loss surgeries. Using advanced laparoscopic techniques, Iranian doctors offer minimally-invasive weight loss surgeries of different types.
The fact that one of the most popular weight loss surgery approaches — gastric plication — was originally pioneered by an Iranian surgeon is a testament to the great competence of Iranian doctors in this field.
Weight loss surgery cost in Iran
Depending on the type of weight loss procedure you wish to have, the cost of a weight loss surgery in Iran ranges from $2000 to $5000, including all costs (clinic, tests, medicine). If you prefer to pay for an all-inclusive package that includes all other services such as flight, hotel, transfer, interpreter and so on, a weight loss surgery in Iran would cost you some $500 to $700 more.
To be more specific, the average cost of a gastric sleeve in Iran amounts to $3800 and a gastric bypass costs approximately $4000. AriaMedTour offers sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery for $3990 and $4250, respectively, including airport pick-up, transfer, and interpreter, and the full package of them is offered at $4590 and $4790, which further includes visa, flight, and hotel (see our weight loss packages above to learn more about our bariatric surgery costs and services). In short, you can have a weight loss procedure in Iran at a much lower price compared to other countries, even if you add other costs.
Am I a good candidate for weight loss surgery?
Generally, weight loss surgery is recommended for you in any of the following situations.
- Your BMI is above 40;
- Your BMI is above 30 and you have specific obesity-related conditions (comorbidities), such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, severe joint pain, and sleep apnea;
- You have attempted to lose weight for at least two years but failed to do so;
- You have been obese for at least 3-5 years;
- You are determined to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life.
Depending on your BMI and your conditions, the surgeon chooses the most suitable method among the various bariatric procedures to deliver the most favorable result.
Is weight loss surgery worth it?
There is no doubt that health risks triggered by obesity surpass the side effects resulted from weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery improves diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and other dangerous conditions, resulting in a better quality of life.
Most studies indicate that over 90 percent of individuals suffering from severe obesity successfully lose 50-80 percent of their excess weight after surgery. Several related studies have revealed that people who have had bariatric surgery have a lower risk of death than individuals who did not have the surgery. See the image below to learn more about the benefits of weight loss surgery.
However, as in other surgeries, there might be some side effects depending on the type of the bariatric surgery. For example, in gastric bypass surgery, absorption disorder may happen, creating a need for taking calcium, iron and vitamin pills.
That said, doctors usually prescribe medicines and give instructions after surgery to help prevent such problems. (Read more about each bariatric surgery’s benefits and side effects on their respective pages above.)
Bariatric surgery options in Iran
There are several weight loss procedures, each of which functions in a particular way to help a patient suffering from obesity lose weight. Patients with different BMIs and different health conditions are recommended by their doctors to have a particular procedure.
Some procedures limit the amount of food you can take – which are called restrictive procedures – and some make changes to your digestive system including the stomach and the small intestine to reduce the absorption of calories – which are called malabsorbtive procedures.
The most common bariatric surgery in Iran is gastric sleeve. Other weight loss procedures include gastric bypass and mini-gastric bypass, single anastomosis sleeve ileostomy (SASI), single anastomosis duodeno-ileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SADI-S), biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS), gastric plication, gastric band, and gastric balloon.
Pros and cons of weight loss surgery
Each type of bariatric surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages, which you can learn about at on their respective pages above. But in general, weight loss surgery has the big merit of offering a fast and easy weight loss.
Other benefits of bariatric surgery are that it helps cure or improve obesity-related conditions, including, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, kneeosteoarthritis, and more, hence the improving the quality of life.
The outstanding result of weight loss surgery also increases individuals’ self-esteem and helps them live a better social life with no depression, and also paves the way to a healthier lifestyle by allowing you to start physical activities.
The general drawbacks of weight loss surgery are the side effects and complications that might occur after surgery, though they occur in less than 5% of cases. To learn more about each bariatric surgery’s risks and drawbacks, go to their respective pages above.