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Weight Loss Surgery in India

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.

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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!

Why Choose India for Bariatric Surgery?

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![1]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:

1. High-Quality Medical Care

India has over 40 JCI Accredited hospitals[2]JCI
Joint Commission International Accredited Hospitals in India
“Joint Commission International – 43”
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with world-class technologies.

Over 847 hospitals[3]NABH
NABH Accredited Hospitals
“NABH accredited hospitals -864.”
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in India enjoy NABH accreditation.

2. State-of-the-art Hospitals

Access to advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), and Robotics aids in greater accuracy in medical care.

3. Infrastructure

Comfortable aesthetics like private suites, luxurious rooms, and spacious settings.

Presence of trained workforce in respective areas of specialization and clinical expertise.

Benefits of obesity surgery in India

4. Ease of Communication

English is the second language in most Metro cities, ensuring seamless communications. For other languages, quality interpreters are readily available.

5. Popular Tourist Destination

India is a unique medical tourism getaway with government-backed medical tourism[4]Ministry of Tourism Government of India
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“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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and world-class treatment facilities.

6. Ease of Travel 

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.[5]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.

Weight Loss Surgery Cost in India

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.

Weight-loss Surgery Cost in India vs. the US

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
*Prices are subject to change. Fill our online quote form for the latest prices and specials.

Prices may also change depending on the location.

Package price includes:
✔️ Pre-operative tests
✔️ Consultations
✔️ All surgical fees & medicines
✔️ Visa & passport assistance
✔️ Travel support (Airport to hotel/hospital)

Other charges may include:
✔️ Room rent
✔️ Meals & room service
✔️ Nursing charges
✔️ Accompanying guest expenses
✔️ Any emergency out of pocket expenses

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!

Best Hospitals in India for Bariatric Surgery

Max Hospital

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

Highlights:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that are first in Asia and India
  • Accreditations: JCI, NABL, and NABH
  • Certification: ISO 9001:2000
  • 300+ specialist doctors
  • 38+ specialties
Max Saket, New Delhi | Bariatric Surgery Hospital in India

Apollo Hospitals

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited is an Indian multinational hospital chain with a prominent presence (70 locations) in all major cities of India.

Highlights:

  • First hospital in India to introduce Robotic technique for Bariatrics
  • Specialized center for Bariatric surgeries
  • Accreditations: JCI, NABL, and NABH
  • Certifications: ISO 14001, ISO 2200 HACCP
Apollo hospital | Bariatric surgery hospital in India

Both Max and Apollo hospitals provide premium services specifically for international patients. This include:

Special services for bariatric surgery international patients in India

Best Bariatric Surgeons

Dr. Pradeep Chowbey

Dr. Pradeep Chowbey | Bariatric Surgeon in IndiaChairman – Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Specialization: Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery
Experience: Over 45 years

Dr. Manish Baijal

Dr. Manish Baijal | Bariatric surgeon in IndiaDirector – Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Specialization: Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery
Experience: Over 26 years

Dr. Aloy J Mukherjee

Dr. Aloy J Mukherjee | Bariatric surgeon in IndiaLaparoscopic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals
Specialization: Minimal Access & General Surgery, GI surgery & Robotic bariatric surgery.
Experience: 25 years

Dr. Neel Shah

Dr. Neel Shah | Bariatric surgeon in IndiaAdvanced Laparoscopic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals
Specialization: Laparoscopic advanced surgery, Thyroid & Endocrine surgery, and GI surgery.
Experience: 36 years

What Is Weight Loss Surgery?

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:

Gastric Bypass

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.

Gastric bypass | Weight loss surgery in India
The procedure usually takes 90 to 180 minutes. Patients can get to their feet by the end of the day and leave the hospital in 3-4 days.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

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.

Gastric sleeve in India
Duration of surgery: 1-3 hours
Post-surgery recovery: 2-4 days of hospital rest after surgery.

Pre-Surgery Steps

Your surgeon may advise you to do a couple of pre-operative tests.

These Pre-operative tests may include:

  • GI x-ray
  • Psychology evaluation
  • Liver function tests
  • Blood test for bacteria in the stomach, blood count, and blood urea

Recovery Post Surgery

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:

  • Eat small meals
  • Exercise regularly
  • Consume nutritious food
  • Follow a balanced diet
  • Regular follow up
  • Routine health checkups

How to Reach India

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.[6]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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Travel Time to India from Major Cities

City Number of Hours
New York City 16
Los Angeles 18
London  7
Toronto 13

Medical Tourism in India

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.

Yoga | Medical tourism in India

Yoga

Herbal medicines | Medical tourism in India

Herbal medicines

Ayurveda | Medical Tourism in India

Ayurvedic treatment

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.

FAQs About Obesity Surgery in India


How long does gastric sleeve surgery take in India?

Surgery time: 90-180 minutes

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.


What can you experience after bariatric surgery?

There are possible short-term and long-term effects of bariatric surgery. In most cases, these problems get corrected naturally with time. Constipation is a common short-term effect.

The long term benefits include :

  • 65% weight loss in 2-4 years from Gastric bypass surgery
  • 56% of weight loss within 2-4 years from Gastric sleeve surgery
  • 49% of weight loss in 2-3 years from Gastric banding surgery


Is weight loss surgery safe in India?

Yes. Indian hospitals like Max Healthcare and Apollo Hospitals are considered highly certified healthcare providers. You can safely access these private health care facilities for safe bariatric surgeries.

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.

References

  1. IJAHR: Dynamics of medical tourism in India
  2. JCI: Joint Commission International Accredited Hospitals in India
  3. NABH: NABH Accredited Hospitals
  4. Ministry of Tourism Government of India: Medical and Wellness Tourism
  5. e-Visa India: India Medical Visa
  6. Airports Authority of India: About us




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