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Transformative Weight Loss in Turkey

Not many experiences can rival losing 40kg in 1 year. A change that will positively impact all other aspects of your life. But don’t take our word for it, our before and after pictures speak for themselves.

Improving Quality of Life with Permanent Results

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is performed with the aim of resulting in a drastic weight loss.

Bariatric surgical procedures help patients lose weight by modifying their digestive system. There are different types of weight loss surgery in Turkey. While some limit the amount of food the stomach can hold, others reduce the calories and nutrients the body absorbs. Other bariatric surgery methods aim for both.

Weight loss surgery in Turkey is performed through the use of laparoscopic surgery, with the advantage of a fast and easy recovery. The most common bariatric procedures are a gastric bypass, a gastric sleeve, a gastric balloon and a gastric band, thoroughly explained below. Don’t hesitate to contact us to receive a free online medical consultation.

Improving Quality of Life with Permanent Results
Simple Guide to Weight Loss Surgery

Simple Guide to Weight Loss Surgery

We have answered the ‘what is weight loss surgery?’ question. But how is it executed? Bariatric surgery is performed either through a stomach reduction procedure, a bypass, a gastric balloon, or a gastric band. Patients have those 4 options to choose from. We will get into the specificities of each of these methods right below; for now, let us say that weight loss surgery in Turkey is performed by either reducing the amount of calories the body absorbs, or by reducing the quantity of food the stomach can hold. The result, in both cases, is a drastic weight loss (you may want to see our weight loss surgery before and after pictures).

Witness Our Patients’ Satisfaction

Bariatric surgery in Turkey changed their lives. We are proud of their thankfulness.

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Letitia Graham May 5, 2022 GB
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I’ve had 3 procedures with them now the most recent being bariatric gastric sleeve surgery and I couldn’t be happier with this life changing experience! So so amazing!
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Yolanda Makaela Apr 25, 2022 GB
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I had a great experience with MCAN Health. From being picked up by the driver at the airport to the surgery itself. I had a gastric sleeve and I'm now two weeks post op and doing really well and losing weight. The surgeon was absolutely amazing. He was very thorough and had plenty of knowledge. He was able to answer all of my questions. My MCAN Nurses were brilliant. They were so friendly and also knowledgeable. My whole experience was amazing and I would recommend MCAN Health to anyone!
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A.R. Apr 5, 2022 NL
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What a great experience! Everyone was kind and helpful. I felt safe and knew I was in experienced hands. I am feeling really good and have not had any problems so far! I highly recommend MCAN to anyone considering gastric surgery.
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Rosemary Jan 13, 2021 GB
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I had my gastric sleeve surgery done on the 11/12/2020. The process was so smooth and professional throughout, from the airport transfers to moving us hotels when we were unhappy with the first accommodation and picking us up on the times scheduled. Everyone was helpful and I would do it all over again as my experience with mcan health has been amazing.
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Natasha Nov 17, 2020 IE
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I just want to say thank you to Mcan for helping me and my husband with A successful IVF. everything went well and my baby his now a big boy I went again for gastric sleeve And it was successful again .it’s been 2weeks now and I have lost 10kg already my surgery was successful thanks to Seba and all the Mcan team lovely people I really enjoyed my stay in Istanbul and I recommend MCAN 100% I’m coming back for more successful surgery’s
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Angela Nov 2, 2020 ES
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The service is excellent from the moment you arrive in Turkey. There is 24 hour assistance for any questions you may have, the Mccan staff is very professional and attentive. In the clinic they are always attentive to help you in everything and the doctor makes a visit every day since you operate. Very happy and satisfied with the entire procedure.
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Ana Maria Jul 16, 2020 GB
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I had a gastric sleve surgery on 5th of July,i wana tnx to Lorena,that listen to me ,answear to me for a few months on watsup....thanks to Saba and Diliara,they was nice and helpfull thanks to all the staff from Mcan Healt,to the driver Ufuk and offcourse to Dr Erol.Everything was amazing,I recomend them 👏👏👏.
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sonamara Feb 19, 2022 GB
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My experience with mcan health was 100% top tier. I am so happy with their care and the way they go above and beyond to ensure your safety , health and care is looked after properly. I had a gastric sleeve with mcan and my dr was dr baha Kaplan he was brilliant , we spoke about the risks and the benefits and listened to me attentively whenever I had any questions to ask regarding my procedure, he also checked up on me regularly to see if I was doing ok.The nurses at the hospital was brilliant to they always checked on me and asked me if I needed anything. My in house nurse Zehra was fantastic! I hope when I come back for plastic surgery later she will be my nurse again lol ! She really looked after me during my visit to turkey and guided me with other things that I needed ! She was amazing I couldn’t ask for a better nurse , very caring polite and understanding and she does her job well ! I would recommend anyone going to mcan to ask for zehra to be their in house nurse. Overall mcan health where perfect and I will definitely will be seeing Them again for more procedures in the future.

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My stay in the hospital was impeccable

‘My stay in the hospital was impeccable’

‘The hospital is amazing, I had my own private room and was treated very well by the nurses, who were very professional, making sure I was assisted in everything I needed.’

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‘I give MCAN a 10/10, it’s been an amazing experience’

Kira came to Turkey through China for a life-changing experience. ‘MCAN and their staff were very efficient. They made me feel very comfortable and welcome. Even my friend had 3 meals a day. I give MCAN a 10/10.”

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5 Patients, 5 Success Stories

Patients come from all over the world to get treated by MCAN Health. Spain, US, UK, France, and many more. Here’s 5 different stories from 5 different people with a common denominator: their satisfaction.

Introducing the Different Types of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is not a plastic/aesthetic surgery and should only be undergone if all other traditional weight loss methods have been tested unsuccessfully. If you have not tried to lose weight with a rigorous diet or a sports routine, your surgeon may refuse the operation. Patients with a BMI (Body Mass Index) below 35 are also commonly rejected. If those cases do not apply to you, you have more chances of being eligible for one of the following surgical methods:

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve in Turkey is usually performed through a laparoscopy, involving the removal of 75-80% of the patientʼs stomach. The laparoscopic method allows for a shorter recovery time and a safer surgical procedure. Through the removal of a big part of your stomach, less food can be stored and patients feel full sooner. The secretion of ghrelin, the hormone causing the feeling of hunger, will also be diminished, all of this leading to a fast weight loss. The effectiveness of this method makes it one of the preferred surgeries worldwide.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass in Turkey works by connecting the top part of the stomach to the small intestine. The aim is to shorten the food’s time in the stomach, thus decreasing calorie absorption. Surgeons form a small pouch at the top of the stomach, which is bypassed to the small intestine. You feel full sooner and your body will not absorb as many calories as before. The operation can be performed with open or laparoscopy surgery.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Balloon (non-surgical)

The advantage of getting a gastric balloon in Turkey is that it represents a non-invasive surgery, with no incisions. A stomach balloon, also known as a gastric balloon, is an inflatable device filled with liquid material. It is placed inside the stomach through endoscopy, limiting the amount of food the organ can hold. The other great advantage is that its price is also much cheaper, but its results may not be permanent and more surgeries may be required!

Gastric Balloon

Gastric Band Surgery

A Gastric band is another modality involving the placing of a silicone band around the stomach. Gastric Band in Turkey is performed under general anesthesia. The band is inflated so the pressure can be adjusted according to the patient’s requirements. The result of this surgery is a more rapid feeling of fullness and the reduction of hunger, resulting in an easy weight loss.

Gastric Band Surgery

What Weight Loss Surgery is Best for You?

MCAN Healthʼs surgeries are tailored to the individual. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the case. The final decision belongs exclusively to the patient, but we strongly recommend you to carefully consider our surgeonsʼ indications and advice when choosing the best method for you. As a general guideline, you might want to consider the following factors:

Gastric Bypass

A gastric bypass surgery provides a very rapid and effective post-operatory weight loss. However, as a major surgery, its results are irreversible and have their risks and potential complications. For example, the lesser nutrient absorption can lead to hypovitaminosis or malnutrition.Vitamin levels will have to be monitored and supplements might have to be taken.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

A gastric sleeve is a less risky procedure than a gastric bypass, as it does not involve such a major change of the digestive system. Its main advantage is an equally effective weight loss result, while the main risk it involves is stomach leakage, at a 1% rate, making an endoscopic surgery necessary in case it happens.

Gastric Balloon

A gastric balloon has the huge advantage of not involving a major surgery nor a drastic change of the digestive system. However, weight loss results are not so fast and drastic. A gastric balloon might require several operations, and it presents the hindrance of having a bag of plastic in the stomach for a prolonged period of time.

Weight Loss Surgery Cost Turkey

Weight loss surgery price Turkey can differ based on various factors, such as the specific procedure chosen, the chosen healthcare facility or clinic, the surgeon's level of expertise, and the geographical location within Turkey. Weight loss surgery cost in Turkey is known to be more affordable compared to many other countries.

In the United States, bariatric surgery can cost between 14.000€ and 21.000€, whereas, in Turkey, the cost is significantly lower. Similarly, in the United Kingdom, the price ranges from £8,000 to £15,000, translating to approximately 9.200€ to 17.300€. In comparison, weight loss surgery in Turkey is available in a much more affordable range of 3.000€ to 6.000€.

Country Cost
Turkey 3,000 Euro - 6,000 Euro
United Kingdom 9,200 Euro - 17,300 Euro
United States 14,200 Euro - 21,000 Euro

Determining whether you are a Good Candidate for Bariatric Surgery in Turkey

As a rule of thumb, patients opting for weight loss surgery in Turkey must meet the following criteria:

  • A BMI equal or greater than 40
  • If BMI is between 35 and 40, patients must have health conditions such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes
  • Having tried other weight loss methods, such as dieting and exercising, without any success
  • Complying to post-operatory instructions and diet rigorously
  • Being ready for such a significant body alteration

Body Mass Index (BMI) Simplified

The Body Mass Index of a person is his or her height and weight ratio.

The BMI value is valid for average adults, it is not applicable to children, pregnant women and people who practice excessive physical exercises such as bodybuilding.

The Body Mass Index is strongly related to determining the weight for a healthy body. Below you can find a table showing the categories for BMI ranges:

  • BMI Value
  • 18.5 and Below
  • 18.5 - 24.9
  • 25 - 29.9
  • 30 - 39.9
  • 40 and over
    Morbidly Obese

If your BMI value is 35 or above, you may be an eligible candidate for a weight loss surgery in Turkey.

How to Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI can be calculated with a simple formula: Weight (kg) / Height (m)²

How to Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) Using the English System

In the Imperial System, the Body Mass Index is calculated as indicated below:

Weight (lb) / Height (in)² x 703

You can use our Body Mass Index Calculator to find out your BMI.

MCAN Health’s BMI Calculator

Weight (KG):
Height (CM):

Precisely How Does Bariatric Surgery Help Losing Weight?

Weight loss surgeries reduce the size of the stomach and makes patients feel full even after eating a small portion of food. Some weight loss procedures also create a smaller intestinal tract which leads to lower calorie absorption.

Moreover, ghrelin production (the ʻhunger hormoneʼ) is reduced, which results in a significant reduction of the feeling of hunger.

The other function of weight loss surgery in Turkey is to learn the habit of healthy eating. MCAN Healthʼs bariatric surgeons keep supporting their patients after surgery to advise over dieting. This inevitably has a positive impact on overall health and well-being.

Meet the Best Bariatric Surgeons in Turkey

MCAN Health only works with the best bariatric surgeons, working at the best medical facilities and highly technological hospitals. Our doctors have earned international fame and appear in specialized magazines inside and outside the country. They are in possession of the ISAPS and EBOPRAS diplomas, international certifications proving exceptional medical expertise.

In Dr. Bahaʼs words, “a person can opt for a Bariatric Surgery if his BMI is high enough, if he is not allergic to anesthesia and presents to serious illnesses.”

MCAN Healthʼs surgeons perform weight loss surgery operations, and have been delivering world-class results at economics prices for more than fifteen years. They will assist you with the consultation phase, they will operate you with the utmost care and keep a close eye on you even after you return home.

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Full Success Guarantee with the Cost of your Weight Loss Surgery

The definitive weight loss surgery price cannot be established without a prior medical consultation, as prices may greatly vary depending on the surgery required and the patientʼs medical condition. To give you an idea, the total gastric balloon cost in Turkey is the cheapest, as it does not involve any invasive surgery. In comparison, the gastric bypass surgery cost in Turkey can almost double the former, just as the gastric sleeve cost.

Gastric band prices in Turkey are generally middle-ranging compared to the former two. In comparison, the average price in Europe ranges between €10.000 and €20.000, only covering the surgery. Along with the operation, weight loss surgery in Turkey covers your accommodation, transfer, patient host, personal diet plan and post-operational support costs.

Gastric band turkey prices, the cost of gastric bypass surgery in Turkey and gastric balloon costs in Turkey represent a cheaper surgery option with better results, as affordable prices attract more patients, and Turkish surgeons have more experience than their European peers.

The Benefits of Weight Loss Surgeries

  • Losing weight in a short amount of time.
  • Remission of type 2 diabetes and improvement in cardiovascular health
  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Longer life span
  • Decreasing medications required by comorbidities caused by being overweight
  • Increase in quality of life, self-confident and self-esteem

All About Weight Loss Surgery Recovery

The total recovery time after surgery will depend on the kind of surgery that you opt for. The most invasive ones, that is, the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass require a full recovery time of 2-4 months (before physical exercise can be resumed). For a gastric band surgery, full recovery usually takes one week, just as the gastric balloon. Patients can go back to work approximately 1 week after surgery.

Weight Loss Aftercare

The aftercare process following weight loss surgery is paramount for a successful and safe outcome.

  • Avoid consuming high-calorie, low-nutrient foods: Avoid consuming high-calorie, low-nutrient foods: Minimize the intake of foods high in sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed carbohydrates. These foods provide little nutritional value and can hinder weight loss efforts.
  • Avoid overeating or eating too quickly: Avoid overfilling or consuming large portions. Eat slowly and mindfully, focusing on the sensation of fullness. Drinking too much food or eating too quickly can lead to discomfort and dumping syndrome, hindering weight loss.
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Garry G.

Do I have to follow a strict diet after weight loss surgery?

    Dr. Sefadiye

    Yes. For recovery purposes after the operation, gastric band patients, gastric balloon patients, and general bariatric surgery patients will be required to follow a strict diet based on smashed food and light liquids (no alcohol or soft drinks). Also, smoking should be absolutely avoided as long as possible after a gastric band surgery or gastric sleeve surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with all the necessary instructions concerning your dietary requirements right after surgery, for the next 8 weeks, including medication and vitamin supplements.

Shaun Wright

Can You Fly After Bariatric Surgery in Turkey?

Tom Jose

Is Weight Loss Surgery in Turkey Safe?

    Dr. Sefadiye

    Yes. Due to government subsidies to the medical industry, high volumes of patients and outstanding medical facilities, Turkey is one of the top destinations for medical tourism in the whole world, providing outstanding surgeries to tens of thousands of patients yearly. MCAN Health surgeons have been operating weight loss surgeries for over 15 years with a +99% success rate.


What is the difference between a gastric sleeve surgery and a gastric band surgery?

    Dr. Sefadiye

    A gastric sleeve surgery Turkey involves the removal of 75-80% of the patient’s stomach, whereas a gastric band surgery Turkey involves the placement of a belt around the stomach, reducing the quantity of food that can be held in the organ. Both operations require general anesthesia, the main difference being that the gastric sleeve surgery Turkey’s consequences are irreversible, whereas the gastric band surgery Turkey can be later removed with another operation.


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