Here’s the most useful page for people who want
to have a bariatric surgery done in Iran.

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 a significant long-term weight loss, leading to improvements in obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and high blood pressure.

Bariatric surgery improves diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, arthritis, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and other obesity-related conditions, resulting in a better quality of life.

Depending on the type of procedure, the cost of a weight loss surgery in Iran ranges from $2000 to $5000, including all costs (doctor, clinic, tests, medicine).

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Why Iran for weight loss surgery?

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. If you are looking for a safe and affordable weight loss procedure abroad, do consider adding Iran to your list of options for three reasons.

Excellent DoctorsHaving completed fellowships in laparoscopic bariatric surgery and performed dozens of procedures, Iranian bariatric surgeons possess the practical know-how in this field.

Affordable Prices: Weight loss surgery in Iran is offered at very attractive costs compared to other countries. Read ‘weight loss surgery cost in Iran’ section below.

No Waiting Lists: As a foreign health tourist, you will not need to stay on a waitlist for a long time for a bariatric surgery in Iran. If you have a medical tourism facilitator arrange your procedure, it will organize the surgery and your travel in just a few days.

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 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 bariatric doctors offer minimally-invasive weight loss surgeries of different types. The fact that one of the most popular weight loss surgeries (gastric plication) was originally pioneered by an Iranian surgeon is a testament to the great competence of Iranian doctors in this field.

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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 (doctor’s and clinic’s fee, anesthesia, 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 $4000AriaMedTour offers sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery for $3480 and $4250, respectively, including airport pick-up, transfer, and interpreter, and the full package of them is offered at $3930 and $4790, which further includes visa, and hotel, pick-up, interpreter, etc. (see our weight loss packages 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 cases.

  • 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 weight loss surgeries to achieve the most favorable result.

To find out more about which weight loss procedure is best for which BMI category, read ‘which weight loss surgery is right for me?’

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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 diabeteshigh blood pressureheart diseasesarthritissleep apneahigh 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.

However, as in other surgeries, there might be some side effects depending on the type of 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 below.)

Common types of bariatric surgeries 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 of the 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 weight loss surgeries performed in Iran are as follows.

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a common weight loss surgery that helps you feel full after eating a small amount of food by reducing the volume of the stomach. The rate of success in this method is pretty high, and people lose an average of 60 to 80 percent of their excess body weight during the first two years after the surgery. Read more

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a bariatric surgery that helps you lose weight in a short time by changing the way your digestive system handles the food. After gastric bypass, you will feel full with a small amount of food and the absorption of calories is restricted. In this bariatric surgery, the surgeon divides the stomach into a small upper pouch and a large lower one, then connecting both to the small intestine. The procedure is often performed by laparoscopy and sometimes open surgery, through small incisions. Gastric bypass has a high success rate. Within the first year after the surgery, patients lose up to 75 percent of their excess body weight. Gastric bypass is recommended for women with BMI 40 and more and men with BMI 50 and more or people with BMI over 35 with obesity-related health issues. Read more

Mini gastric bypass

Mini Gastric Bypass is a new bariatric surgery developed to function in a similar way as the traditional gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) but with shorter procedure time and less complexity. It restricts the amount of food that can be eaten as well as the absorption of calories by rerouting the small intestine. In this method, the stomach is divided, and most of it is no longer attached to the esophagus and will no longer receive food. Your new stomach is much smaller and shaped like a small tube. The intestine is then bypassed, causing the body to absorb fewer calories and minerals. Mini gastric bypass is recommended for people with a BMI over 35. Read more

Gastric Plication

Gastric plication is a new minimally invasive bariatric surgery that aims at reducing the stomach volume by making inward folds in the stomach and sewing them up. In this procedure, the size of the stomach is reduced by 80 percent and the patient will lose up to 70 percent of their excess weight within two years after surgery. Gastric plication is a restrictive weight loss surgery, meaning it restricts the amount of food that a person can eat. It is performed under the general anesthesia and takes 1-2 hours to be completed. Read more about gastric plication surgery. Read more

Gastric balloon

Gastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical weight loss technique in which an inflatable soft silicone device (balloon) is inserted into the stomach using a laparoscope and through your mouth. Its function is to occupy a portion of the stomach to restrict the amount of food it can receive, so to help with controlling your weight. Gastric balloon procedure is an outpatient treatment performed under local anesthesia. After 6 to 9 months, the balloon is removed. It is suitable for people with grade I obesity (BMI between 30 and 35), and for people who do not want to have a surgical procedure. Read more about gastric balloon procedure. Read more

Gastric banding

Gastric Band, also called Adjustable Gastric Band or lap-band, is a bariatric surgery that slows food consumption while eating, thus prompting a faster feeling of satiety. In this technique, an inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, which creates a small stomach pouch above the band. In this technique, you will lose approximately 40 to 50 percent of your excess weight, and there is no need to cut out a part of the stomach or intestines. Read more about lap-band surgery. Read more



Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery):
Clinic and doctor visits, laboratory tests, surgery in hospital, post-operative care, recovery and follow-up

Treatment Visa (T-Visa)
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Pick-up & Transfer
airport pick-up, private transfer from hotel to clinic/hospital and vice versa, airport drop-off

five- or three-star hotel (of the patient’s choice) near the clinic or hospital

Other Services
welcome dinner, 24-hour on-call assistance, interpreter, SIM card and internet

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