Frequently Asked Questions
If your body mass index is above 35 and you have at least one or two of the diseases such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, osteoarthritis (rheumatism), sleep apnea, fatty liver etc... or if your body mass index is directly above forty, your age is between 18 and 65, and if there is no obstacle for you to receive general anesthesia, you are suitable for this operation.
Remember that a tummy tuck is NOT a weight loss surgery. It helps contour your abdominal region. To lose weight, you should undergo a weight loss surgery, such as a gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or gastric balloon. Once you have lost all the weight, you will be a better candidate to undergo a tummy tuck to help contour and remove the excess skin/tissue. Physically healthy people ( Problems pertaining to Blood Pressure, Diabetes should not go ) Non-smokers, BMI is lower than 32, People who have a stable weight, Women who have had multiple pregnancies can be good candidates to undergo tummy tuck. Read more about the differences between gastric sleeve surgery and tummy tuck operation.
The patient is admitted to surgery the day she/he arrives. After the necessary tests are done, if there is no obstacle, the patient is taken to the operation. On the second day after the operation, ultrasounic tests are taken and information is given about the diet list that will be applied. On the third day after the operation, they can be discharged from the hospital and they can go back to their home.
If the patient has uncontrolled diabetes (If blood sugar and HbA1c levels are high despite taking insulin), If severe esophageal inflammation (esophagitis) due to gastric hernia or reflux is detected in endoscopy, gastric bypass is more appropriate for these patients. If there is no problem in the examination and endoscopy of the patient, gastric sleeve can be done.
You can board the plane as soon as you are discharged from the hospital.
After the operation, the patients start their diet program with liquid foods for the first month and with mashed/ puree foods for the second month. At the beginning of the third month, solid foods are started under the control of our dietitian. The aim here is not to make the patient lose weight quickly, but to prevent the growth of the stomach by keeping the stomach volume we have created.
Although this varies depending on the person, since the operation is performed with the closed (laparoscopic) method and the hospital stay is shortened, the patients can return to their normal life on the 4th-7th day of the operation.
Although the rate of weight loss may vary depending on the age and metabolic rate of the person, the patient loses weight rapidly in the first 3-4 months of the operation. As you lose weight, the rate of weight loss in the following months will slow down and may even pause normally in some periods. The most important factor in the following months is the patient's adopting the changing lifestyle and diet and complying with this order. During these periods, the patient is supported by being regularly called for control. Patients who comply with the recommendations and lifestyle changes can lose 70% of their excess weight within 1 year.
For the patients with type 2 diabetes due to morbid obesity, 70% complete recovery can be seen after gastric sleeve operation; If the patient has uncontrolled diabetes despite using insulin or has a low body mass index and type 2 diabetes, it would be more appropriate to apply metabolic surgery to this group. With metabolic surgery, complete recovery can be seen at rates of up to 90%.
Light exercises (walking, jogging, cycling, etc.) can be started 1 week after the operation. Heavy exercises should be done on the 6th-8th days of the surgery. In patients with very high body mass index (BMI), heavy exercises are started later (after reasonable weight loss).
Young patients generally do not experience sagging as they maintain their skin tightness. Even if there is sagging, it is not general, it happens in certain parts of the body. The main problem starts after the age of 30-40; because the skin loses its elasticity. Patients who experience sagging after weight loss are referred to the plastic surgery department after being followed for 12 months after their weight remains stable or 2-3 years after bariatric surgery. It is not recommended to undergo surgery for sagging during the period when the weight loss process continues.
When your thyroid levels are low or high, you should contact your doctor to get it checked and get medical treatment to regulate and bring the levels under control. If you decide having any bariatric treatment and if you have thyroid problems, our surgeon wants you to inform us about that and send us a recent thyroid test results.