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Growth of Worldwide Medical Tourism Market

The worldwide medical tourism market is estimately growing at a rate of 25-35% annually. The high cost of health care and long wait times for some procedures still remain the major factors for growth.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as Sleeve Gastrectomy, is a weight loss surgery procedure that entails the removal of approximately 85 percent of the stomach to create a sleeve-like or tube-like stomach shape. This procedure is used as the first stage procedure for more complicated surgeries and even as a stand-alone treatment for weight loss. 

This procedure does not damage the nerves or the pylorus valve of the stomach and hence protects the natural function of the digestive system. Other components of the system like the intestines are also not altered in any way through this procedure. 

This procedure is minimally invasive and is conducted by making small incisions in the body with small instruments. 

The objective of the procedure is to divide the stomach along its vertical length. This creates a thinner and smaller stomach pouch. It is a restrictive procedure as the smaller stomach automatically decreases the food intake capacity of a person. The digestive system works as usual after the procedure and is able to absorb essential nutrients like minerals and vitamins from the food. 

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is rapidly gaining popularity due to its effectiveness and low risk factors. In countries like USA and Canada, the procedure can cost more than $20,000; however, in countries like Costa Rica, India and Mexico the same procedure is offered at one-third of the cost. 


Featured Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Providers Abroad


Hospital Quiron Teknon

Barcelona, Spain


Accreditation: JCI

Languages: English, Spanish

Hospital Quirón Teknon is one of the leading hospitals in the Spanish private healthcare sector, thanks to the high quality of its medical staff and care services in a setting that combines ind...

Mediterranean Health Care

Alicante, Spain


Accreditation: ISO 9001, ISO 9002, ISO 14001

Languages: English, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, French

Mediterranean Health Care is a non-profit association that groups together eight of the most prestigious private hospitals and health clinics in the province of Alicante, Spain.

We dire...

Apollonion Private Hospital

Nicosia, Cyprus


Languages: English, Greek

The Apollonion Private Hospital is an ultra-modern Hospital purposely built to offer the best and most complete medical care to its patients.

The daily contact of many doctors of variou...

Beijing Yanhua Hospital

Beijing, China


Accreditation: JCI

Languages: English, Chinese

The hospital has more than 800 sickbeds, 2 in-patient departments, 2 community service centers, 9 out-patient departments, 35 clinic and medicine technical offices, 15 inpatient area, 35 medical speci...

Beijing United Family Hospital

Beijing, China


Accreditation: JCI

Languages: English, Chinese

Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU), opening its doors in 1997, the hospital’s sole mission is to provide comprehensive, integrated healthcare services in a uniquely warm and caring patient and...
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