Are you looking for weight loss surgery and are open to travel? Bariatric surgery in India could be a great option! Why? It is safe and affordable!
Compared to the US & UK, you can save up to 60-70% in surgery costs in India.
India is a popular medical tourism destination. It has access to high-quality healthcare, qualified medical professionals, and advanced aftercare support systems. Want to know more? Let’s find out!
India has a robust state-of-the-art infrastructure and a first-class private healthcare ecosystem, making it a popular medical destination. Moreover, there is no waiting period for surgeries!IP International Journal of Aesthetic and Health Rejuvenation
Dynamics of medical tourism in India
“India have almost zero waiting time for surgeries. ”
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Key medical tourism destinations favored by foreign patients include hospitals in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities. It includes New Delhi, the Near Capital Region (NCR), Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad.
The following features make India a prime destination for bariatric surgery:
India has over 40 JCI Accredited hospitalsJCI
Joint Commission International Accredited Hospitals in India
“Joint Commission International – 43”
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Over 847 hospitalsNABH
NABH Accredited Hospitals
“NABH accredited hospitals -864.”
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Access to advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), and Robotics aids in greater accuracy in medical care.
Comfortable aesthetics like private suites, luxurious rooms, and spacious settings.
Presence of trained workforce in respective areas of specialization and clinical expertise.
English is the second language in most Metro cities, ensuring seamless communications. For other languages, quality interpreters are readily available.
India is a unique medical tourism getaway with government-backed medical tourismMinistry of Tourism Government of India
National Strategy & Roadmap for Medical and Wellness Tourism
“The Government of India recognizes medical value travel and wellness tourism as one of the important sectors having the potential of accelerating the country’s development.”
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India has simplified medical VISA norms for hassle-free medical visits.
It includes multiple visits to the host country (3 times) and long-term stays for medical care.e-Visa India
India Medical Visa
“A medical Indian visa allows the holder to enter the country a total of 3 times.”
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The usual period on a medical visa is one year. You can apply for an extension if required. There is also a provision for each patient to bring two adult attendants.
On top of this, many doctors and surgeons in India have undergone training overseas. You can find them practicing in top medical hospitals like Apollo and Max healthcare. Thus they are more empathic to the needs of foreign clients.
Even the uninsured can afford a self-paying WLS in India, with all benefits included. Unbelievable, right! You will love our cost comparison table in the next section.
Gastric bypass surgery can cost between $3,200 – $9,500 in India. Similarly, a gastric sleeve surgery can cost between $3,500 – $6,000. It is cheap, compared to the US!
In the US, the average cost of gastric bypass surgery can range between $15,000 – $24,000. Similarly, a sleeve gastrectomy can cost you between $17,000 – $26,000.
In the UK the costs are high too. The average price of a WLS can range between $10,900 – $20,500 for gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries.
|Location||Gastric Bypass Surgery*||Gastric Sleeve**|
|Delhi||$5,150 – $9,500||$3,500 – $5,120|
|Bangalore||$3,400 – $6,700||$4,200 – $5,200|
|Chennai||$3,200 – $6,500||$4,000 – $4,950|
|Chandigarh||$5,000 – $9,000||$3,800 – $5,000|
|Mumbai||$3,800 – $7,500||$5,730 – $6,000|
|United States||$15,000 – $24,000||$17,000 – $26,000|
|Hospital stay: *4 days; **3 days|
Some of the most accessible cities for patients looking for Bariatric surgery are Delhi, NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Gurgaon.
Our team can also help you find the best hospital and surgeon in or near any city of your choice. So feel free to let us know!
Max Healthcare is one of India’s largest private healthcare organizations. With 3000+ doctors and a network of 16 hospitals, they provide the highest standards of medical excellence.
Their facilities are in the NCR, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra regions.
Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited is an Indian multinational hospital chain with a prominent presence (70 locations) in all major cities of India.
Both Max and Apollo hospitals provide premium services specifically for international patients. This include:
Chairman – Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Specialization: Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery
Experience: Over 45 years
Director – Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Specialization: Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery
Experience: Over 26 years
Laparoscopic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals
Specialization: Minimal Access & General Surgery, GI surgery & Robotic bariatric surgery.
Experience: 25 years
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals
Specialization: Laparoscopic advanced surgery, Thyroid & Endocrine surgery, and GI surgery.
Experience: 36 years
Weight loss surgery is a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. It involves surgical procedures on the stomach.
The surgeon uses laparoscopic techniques, which are safe and minimally invasive. Weight loss surgery includes three basic procedures, which are as follows:
It is also known as the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery. The surgeon divides the stomach into two parts (a small upper pouch and a much larger lower pouch).
The new tummy is smaller in size, which reduces food intake. Since the food consumption is small, it substantially aids in weight reduction.
Gastric bypass is major surgery and is for seriously obese people.
It is designed for people who have a BMI of more than 40 or 100lbs overweight.
It is also known as Gastric sleeve surgery. The surgeon removes about 15% of the stomach through surgery.
Post-surgery the remaining stomach looks like a banana or a shirt sleeve, so the term “Gastric sleeve.”
The procedure is irreversible. It can lead to decreased hunger and blood glucose control.
Your surgeon may advise you to do a couple of pre-operative tests.
These Pre-operative tests may include:
After surgery, your surgeon may advise you to follow a diet plan and workout regimen to aid in faster healing and recovery.
Patients are advised not to eat regular foods for 2-3 days post-surgery. You can start a liquid diet after the 3rd day and shift to a soft diet after a couple of days.
Other steps to follow:
The air connectivity to India from major countries like the US, UK, or Australia is very fluid. Travel access is easy and fast, with 24 international and 103 domestic airports.Airports Authority of India
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“…24 International airports (3 Civil Enclaves), 10 Custom Airports (4 Civil Enclaves) and 103 Domestic airports (23 Civil Enclaves)…”
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The traditional knowledge in health care (Ayurveda & Homeopathy) and India’s reputation in modern, western approaches fuel the country’s rise in medical tourism.
In addition, the Indian government actively promotes traditional health care systems such as Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy.
India is also famous as a tourism destination because of its vibrant culture, food, and weather. In a nutshell, India trumps both as a tourism destination and as a cheaper alternative for weight loss surgery.
The availability of experienced surgeons, competitive prices, and world-class medical facilities gives India an edge over other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Post-surgery departure may take around 1-3 days or more for patient release. One may take approximately 2-5 weeks to recover completely.
It is advisable to ensure regular checkups with your surgeon and follow diet instructions without an error.
The long term benefits include :
If you want to discuss more options, feel free to connect with us. Our team can help create a customized travel package for you, considering your specific condition.