What Is the Death Rate of Bariatric Surgery in Turkey?

No surgery is totally safe when it comes to complications and death rates. Bariatric surgery is not an exception to this fact. But you must know how dangerous a type of surgery is before deciding to go for it. Nobody forces you to have the bariatric procedure and at the end of the day, it’s all up to your decision. Especially, when you are going to another country to have your weight-loss surgery, you should know the safety of your operation.

If anyone tells you bariatric surgery in Turkey is totally safe and no one ever dies, that’s a big lie and you should run from that person immediately. In this article, we will take a quick look at some of the factors that affect the safety of your surgery in Turkey, some of which are in your control, and some others, like the ones that depend on your surgeon and hospital, are not controllable. However, you can reduce them by choosing the right surgical team.

How Many People Die After Bariatric Surgery in Turkey?

Unfortunately, there is no updated data on this and the last number we have is 9, which is for 2015. But we know that this number decreased as the safety of weight loss surgery, including both gastric sleeve and gastric bypass in the last few years because of the more strict rules that were forced by the Health section.

The number of people undergoing bariatric surgery in 2018 was announced at 9,000. Morbid obesity is becoming a major problem in Turkey just like in Europe and the US as well. So, to overcome this problem, the need for facilities and proficiency on weight-loss surgery also should have been improved, which is something already being done.

There are a few points you should bear in mind to prevent fraud in Turkey. Bariatric surgery is the last solution for obesity. Sometimes you don’t need it, and sometimes your situation is so sensitive, like a very high BMI, that you have to make some changes in your situation and then undergo surgery.

Take a look at the following section to decide with a mind full of the necessary information.

What Affects the Risk of Surgery and How Can I Reduce the Risk?

If you haven’t researched this topic, I suggest you read this article on bariatric surgery mortality rates carefully. In a nutshell, you must know there are some factors that raise the risk of complications and mortality rate of weight-loss surgery. These items include age, sex, BMI, type of surgical treatments, obesity-associated complications such as cardiovascular diseases and blood pressure, and so on.

How can you know if these items do not put you in the category of high-risk bariatric surgery patients? There is no way to understand that but to consult with your doctor. About gender, there is nothing you can do, but many pieces of research show the higher risk of surgical complications among men. The other factor is age. If you’re above 60, you’d better think to assess your decision and make sure it’s the right option.

Moreover, if you have serious complications, you should give your bariatric surgeon an accurate medical history and tell them everything so that you won’t direct them to do the surgery while you’re not an eligible patient for bariatric operations. Do not ever risk your life like that!

Type of Surgery

Besides the enhanced quality of hospitals and surgeons’ expertise, one of the reasons for less risk of death after bariatric surgery in Turkey during the last few years is performing less invasive procedures. A lot of previous studies prove the higher safety of gastric sleeve procedure vs gastric bypass. A study of 100,000 patients suffering from severe obesity shows the ones who experienced gastric sleeve had lower cumulative mortality incidence over 5 years, in comparison with the ones who underwent gastric bypass.

The lower adjusted risk for these patients was 32% during the first post-operative year. Then 22% and 16% in the third and fifth year.

Moreover, gastric sleeve patients experienced noticeably fewer complications. The rate of patients who had post-operative complications was 22.10% while this number for gastric bypass patients was 29.03%.

With the high number of gastric sleeve and gastric balloon in Turkey, both of which are among less invasive procedures, the safety of weight-loss surgery in Turkey is now even more than in Europe.

Higher BMI

According to a recent study, the bariatric surgical procedure increases the life expectancy of obese patients, especially the ones struggling with diabetes. However, in the case of patients with BMIs more than 62, the life, surgery lessens their life expectancy.

So, you should find a way to lower this number and then have your surgery. You may ask: if I could lose weight, why would I want to have surgery?

One of the most effective ways is gastric balloon. A study published on PubMed reveals the safety of this reversible procedure and its effectiveness in temporary weight loss before the original surgery. With gastric balloon, you can decrease your BMI to 50 or even less within 6 months or a year.

Then, with ease of mind, you will have this chance to sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass.

Proficiency of Your Bariatric Doctor, Standard Equipment, and Hospital

In your research for a proficient doctor, you might find the ones that claim to have successfully performed many surgeries, but that might be a lie. Check our guide on gastric sleeve in Turkey to read the explanations on how to find a reliable, experienced surgeon.

Also, always ask for the typed of equipment used by your surgeon and the hospital or clinic you should be staying at.

Final Word

Remember, weight-loss surgery is the final solution. This procedure is invasive and makes fundamental, irreversible changes in your body, except for gastric balloon and injection. Having bariatric surgery in Turkey is safe, but it does not mean that you should trust any doctor in Turkey. You should not do that in any part of the world.

First, make sure that you have taken every necessary step but could not lose weight, and also, you are eligible for weight loss surgery. If you have a BMI of 35 and no significant obesity-associated complications, this surgery is not for you! Also, avoid intentional weight gain in order to become eligible for operation because it also increases the risks.