Did you know that the UK has the second highest rates of obesity in Europe? In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, weight loss surgery can also be a solution for certain patients. Weight loss surgery—or bariatric surgery—is an umbrella term for a variety of procedures to help shed the pounds that has even been shown to improve conditions like high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
With long NHS waiting times, many patients are opting to travel abroad for bariatric surgery. The myth that this type of surgery is less expensive abroad because the doctors are poorly educated and the facilities are straight out of the Cold War period, is fortunately, false. However, as with any other procedure, invasive or otherwise, doing your research and finding a reputable clinic is the key to success.
We caught up with Weight Loss Riga, a clinic offering weight loss surgery in Latvia. Here are their top five benefits for having bariatric surgery abroad:
Ability to save time and money
If you’ve researched having bariatric surgery on the NHS in the UK, you know that the process from the first consultation with your doctor to actually having the surgery, could take two years, or even more. If you go to Riga for your surgery, however, there are no waiting lists.
The surgical staff at Weight Loss Riga are highly trained and experienced having performed hundreds of bariatric surgeries over the years. All the doctors have been accredited and have approval to operate in the European Union. The support staff are also highly educated professionals that take the comfort and wellbeing of their patients to heart from the minute they walk through the door. Weight Loss Riga houses specialist surgeons for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass and revisional bariatric surgeries.
Many of the cities—including Riga—where Brits go to have their weight loss surgery abroad are teeming with priceless cultural treasures, architectural masterpieces and World Heritage Sites. Yes, you’ll come for the surgery, but you’ll come back for the people and the place.
When you decide to travel to Riga for this type of surgery, there is minimal travel planning required. The flight takes two-and-a-half hours from London and your accommodations at the clinic are included in the price, so there’s no need to arrange a hotel and transportation. If you like, you can even bring a family member or friend to stay with you in your room to lessen any feelings of isolation.
Superior patient care
At Weight Loss Riga, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the experience while the highly trained, multilingual staff make you feel at home and attend to your needs. The clinic boasts new equipment and its building is modeled after state-of-the-art facilities in the west.
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