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Frequently Asked Questions

All incoming passengers to Turkey will be subjected to a COVID-19 test, regardless of taking previous tests or not. You will be quarantined in your surgery hospital for a maximum of 24 hours until the results are issued.
Yes, an English speaking member of our Ephesus support team will meet you at reception and assist for your full stay at the hospitaliption
You will pay at the hospital and a member of our Ephesus support team will assist you with the payment procedure.
You can bring 1 companion with you.
An English speaking member of our Ephesus support team will assist for doctors visits and for your full stay at the hospital.
Discharge is usually around midday however this depends on your health condition and flight times.
You will be booked into Double Tree Hilton Izmir or a similar hotel in kusadasi
Yes, you will get a fit to fly certificate once you are assessed and ready to leave the hospital.
Yes, we have a 24/7 emergency phone / what's app number +905313120756
A member of our Ephesus team will send you an email with the relevant documents to be completed and any paperwork required to confirm your booking.
You pay on arrival in cash and a member of our Ephesus hospital support team will assist you.
Yes, we have a full support team that speak English at the hospital and are on call for our patients 24/7.
No, our Ephesus team will be on hand to assist you and there is no extra charge.
Yes, we recommend that you have a small amount of Turkish lira for any personal expenses.
Yes, that is possible but it requires 5 working days for bank clearance.
Yes, that is possible depending on the landing time of your flight please note our team will need to verify this with you.
Yes, this is essential and required by the surgical team.
Yes, all consent forms need to be checked by you and signed when you check into the hospital, this is the policy from the Turkish Health Minister.
Yes, we recommend that you consult with your GP and sometimes our surgeons request confirmation letters from your GP this will depend on the procedure and any medical conditions you may have.
As with all surgical procedures, there is some level of risk which is why we work with top surgeons. It is important that you follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post-op instructions carefully, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with your doctor prior to your procedure. This way, you will be sure you and your surgeon is prepared and that your body is appropriately cared for before, during and after surgery.
If it is within the first month please check with our team first as it is not recommended by the surgeons to take additional medicaion in the first month after surgery.
We recommend that after Sleeve surgery 1 week is enough as long as you do no heavy lifting. Plastic surgery varies so please contact our team for more information.
Our Ephesus team will be on call to assist you during your time in hospital.
Yes, you will need to attend your GP for blood tests at 1, 3, 6, 12 months.
Gallbladder medication is available in both liquid and tablet form.
Yes, this can be arranged with notice depending on the availability of the doctor.
The hotel booking is Bed and Breakfast only.
You can swim 3 weeks after your surgery.
You can start gym a month after your surgery. Provided no to lift heavy weights.
A catheter is used until you are mobile to help drain urine in your bladder post-op.
Yes, it can be paid by card but patients will have to go to the pharmacy to pay for it.
Most patients are driving within 4-5 days, however you must ensure that you would be able to do an emergency stop without discomfort or pain.
You will need to stop eating at midnight of the day before the surgery and no liquids past 2am.
Pre op tests and consultations with doctors and surgeons are done in the morning and all operations are performed in the afternoon or evening. The operating hours may vary depending on the emergency surgery situations in the hospital.
There is no payment required should any complications happen for any extra medical treatment or hospital stay you can also get Insurance we recommend Travel Medical Shield you will need to arrange and pay for your own flights with this insurance.
It is recommended that you can take tablets 4 weeks after the surgery and all post op care meds should be checked with the operating surgeon.
You will see several doctors before the procedure. The preoperative tests consist of examinations blood tests, urine analysis, X-Rays, Ultrasound, ECG, respiratory function test, endoscopy and consultations with anaesthetist, cardiologist, chest doctor, internal medicine consultant and psychiatrist.
Yes, all your medications will be checked by our doctors prior to booking Sleeve surgery.
Yes, that is the procedure for post Sleeve surgery and you will receive a full diet sheet from the hospital team.
We recommend that you spend at least 3 days in hospital with
Please follow your doctors post op instructions with regard to eating and remember to exercise for 1 hour per day, eat little but often.
It isn't a good idea at this stage to be having fizzy drinks, they can cause gas and may cause pain it is better to choose flat drinks orange/cranberry juice as a mixer.
Most patients have a very fast recovery and after 3 days in hospital return to their normal daily activities as the Sleeve Surgery is a keyhole procedure.
Yes, try lactose free ice cream to avoid upsetting your tummy.
We recommend that you wait 1 year before getting pregnant.
Unflavoured protein is perfect to mix in soup, drinks etc.
Our gastric sleeve package is the sleeve operation including all tests, and transfers, and 1 night hotel stays
The postop pack which is supplied to you before being discharged from the hospital consists of tummy protectors, blood thinning injections, vitamins etc. and costs in the region of 100/150€ depending on your prescription and surgeon.
Most gastric sleeve patients lose up to 70% of their excess weight in a year and up to 80% of it in two years.
The gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure, meaning that it achieves weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten. It also works because it removes the part of the stomach that produces the hormone Ghrelin that stimulates appetite and hunger. The elimination of Ghrelin results in a significant reduction or loss of appetite. Surgery combined with changing behaviour is a proven method of achieving long-term weight loss for obese people.
There are 4 stages, you should aim to be eating ‘normal’ foods approximately 1 month after your operation. You will be given full information from the dietician prior to your discharge. After 4-5 weeks you will be having 3 meals a day with no more than 4-5 hours between meals. The long term aim is to have 3 tea plate sized meals a day, with nutritious healthy snacks such as a piece of fruit, yoghurt or nuts in-between.
You should not expect to be sick after gastric sleeve surgery, if you are it is likely you have eaten too much or too quickly, not chewed the food enough or had a drink too near to the meal.
Some people find it difficult to tolerate some foods, and this varies from person to person. Common foods initially known to cause problems may be dry meat, soft white bread, rice, stringy or very fibrous vegetables, salad, sweetcorn, nuts, dried fruit and seeds. If you can not tolerate a particular food, try it again in a few weeks’ time, there is a lot of adaptation in the first few months.
You should have at least 2½ litres of water a day, take 1 an actimil probiotic drink per day try to choose more high fibre foods such as wholegrain products, fruit and vegetables. Regular exercise will also help to alleviate constipation, if constipation persists please consult your doctor or GP.
It is not recommended that you drink alcohol for the first 6 weeks after your operation and remember that you will feel the effects of the alcohol much more quickly than before. Please remember it is not recommended to drink fizzy drinks or Beer as this can cause discomfort or even worse could stretch your stomach.
Yes, vitamins will be prescribed by your surgeon and for 1 year post op you are required to have regular blood tests.
Each person is different but we recommend to wait 2 -3 weeks after surgery.
Yes, once you have checked the nutritional value they are okey to take.
Yes, this is possible there is an additional charge for this procedure.
Yes, it can be bought over the counter.
Yes, this is normal in the first few weeks after surgery, each person is different and you need to listen to your body.
Please email your test results to and a member of our team will come back to you with further instructions etc.
No as they may cause constipation they can only be taken once your surgeon confirms they are OK to take.
Cutting down on caffeine pre surgery is good, you can still continue to take vitamins prior to surgery that's no problems, just after surgery you will need to wait 4 weeks before you can take vitamins again in capsule form Post op the Doctor recommends Centrum multi vitamins.
You can fly home on the 3th day after your Sleeve surgery.
Before your discharge you will receive your post-op pack with specific details and procedures and a member of our Ephesus Team will be there to assist you.
Pantpas (Stomach protector) should be used continuously for at least 3 months with 1 sip of water half and hour before morning meals. This period can be extended if deemed necessary. Dexday (Pain Relief) should be used at most twice a day and should be dissolved in a glass of water on a full stomach. Oksapar (Blood Thinner) After your discharge 1 shot should be used every day for 10 days as described at 22:00 in the evening as perscribed by your surgeon. Vitaboil Syrup (Vitamin) 2 spoons in the morning after your breakfast then continue with Centrum Multivitamin. Metpamid (Nausea Preventative) 1 tablet should be taken on an empty stomach half and hour before meals at most 3 times a day if needed.
Tummy Protectors are to be taken whole.
You will receive a general anesthetic for the Sleeve Surgery.
You should have realistic expectations as you are having surgery in a foreign country and you will need to have a postive mind which helps with recovery. If you drink alot of coffee then try and reduce coffee intake a week before to help with withdrawal headaches which some patients may suffer from after surgery.