Mona Karlsson – Patient Coordinator
Hi there, my name is Mona and I am very proud to say that I am a Patient Coordinator at Overvekts Operasjoner Riga. I’ve also had a Gastric Bypass with our outstanding Surgeon and am absolutely delighted with the whole experience. I lost my weight and slimmed down to my target weight within the first year! I would like to guide and help you with your special journey based upon my own experience of weight loss surgery.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Igors Troickis – Leading Bariatric Surgeon, 25 years experience, over 500 procedures annually
A highly acknowledged surgeon, with 25 years experience in general surgery and over 12 years experience in bariatric surgeries.
Head of Surgery Department at Riga hospital.
The surgeon performs over 500 procedures annually.
· Gastric Bypass, Mini Gastric Bypass
· Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Band removal
· Revisional Bariatric Surgery
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10 Reasons to choose us
Efficient appointment system
We will endeavour to accommodate your needs when arranging appointments. Our surgeon will review your medical documentation and health questionnaire to assess your suitability for a surgical procedure, we then aim to offer you an acceptance for surgery date within one to two weeks.
A private contemporary surgical centre
Our clinic is designed to emulate the most modern medical institutions in Europe. Hotel style accommodation is offered, with a flat screen television, wifi and air conditioning to ensure a comfortable stay. There is the opportunity for a friend or a member of your family to stay with you in your private room, if necessary.
Extremely experienced surgeons and medical team
Our senior surgeon, who specializes in bariatric surgery, has over ten years experience in this field, and twenty five years experience in general surgery. The medical staff and surgeons have vast experience and knowledge.
Finest quality surgical equipment
The equipment we use is of the highest proven quality, it is supplied by: Storz, Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon and Covidien. We have opened four new operating theatres, which have been designed and equipped to the highest standard.
5 year follow up
We offer a five year follow up programme for patients who have undergone Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass surgery and a one year follow up programme for patients with a Gastric Balloon. Our patient coordinator will be available to answer questions via email or telephone.
Half the price of Norway surgical treatment
With us you get the same (or an even better) service than that of a private clinic in Norway, for half the price. For approximately half the cost, we can offer a similar or a better service than most private clinics in Norway.
English speaking medical personnel
Our doctors, nurses and the other medical personnel speak English fluently.
Twenty four hour care
Medical care, given by doctors and nurses, is available on a twenty four hour basis.
Direct flights from Norway to Riga
There are direct flights from the Norway to Riga (RIX)., Norwegian Air fly from Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen. Wizz Air fly from Sandefjord. Flight connections are also available from the rest of Norway through hub in Oslo.
Surgeon’s liability insurance
A Surgeon’s liability insurance of 30 000 Euro is provided for the bariatric surgeons operating at our clinic.
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During a sleve gastrectomy up to 85% of the stomach is removed reducing it roughly to the size and shape of a banana. The procedure is typically carried out by way of several small, strategically placed incisions which are used to insert a camera and any necessary surgical instruments.
After surgery the stomach continues to function normally, just at a greatly reduced capacity. Because the person can no longer eat anywhere near as much as they did previously weight loss – often dramatic weight loss – ensues. When it comes to gastric sleeve surgery and pregnancy women often wonder whether pregnancy will disturb the newly refashioned stomach or indeed if they will be able to provide all the nutrients both they and their developing baby will need. Below we’ll look at this issue.
Is Pregnancy after Sleeve Gastrectomy Possible?
The question of pregnancy after gastric sleeve surgery is one that has been on the minds of women since the surgery first became widely accepted and practiced some 25 years ago. But while the concerns about adequate nutrition and possible complications with the surgically altered stomach are understandable the fact is there is no reason to be alarmed. All that’s really required is proper guidance and common sense. Let’s start with the guidance.
When is it Safe to Become Pregnant after Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Most health professionals and specialists in this type of surgery recommend waiting 12 to 18 months after the procedure before becoming pregnant. That’s because it will usually take about a year for a patient to achieve optimal weight loss following gastric sleeve surgery. During this time the body is going through numerous changes and adjustments. The last thing you need is to add another layer of physiological adjustments and complications on top of what you’re already dealing with. Patience is the key.
Another important thing to keep in mind with gastric sleeve surgery and pregnancy is that fertility rates typically increase after this type of surgery. This is sometimes the result of oral contraceptives simply not being absorbed thoroughly by the new stomach. So it is recommended that you augment any birth control efforts in the period after surgery with non-oral contraceptives.
Will the Baby be Healthy?
This is usually the most common fear women have when it comes to vertical sleeve gastrectomy and pregnancy. They fear their baby will not get enough in the way of nutrients during pregnancy because of the reduced size of their stomach. Rest assured, however, that the vast majority of post gastric sleeve pregnancies have successful outcomes. In fact there is evidence to suggest that the weight loss resulting from sleeve gastrectomy can have a positive impact on the health of the baby when compared to what might have happened if the expectant mother was obese. Still, it is crucial that you don’t go it alone. Consult closely with your dietitian and follow their dietary and supplemental recommendations to the letter. Also, make sure your OB/GYN is familiar with the details of your weight loss surgery so that they are able to make appropriate recommendations and offer timely advice. It is also a good idea to put your dietitian and OB/GYN in contact with one another so they can coordinate their efforts on your behalf.
Will I Need to Take Supplements?
In all likelihood yes. Your dietitian will probably have you taking a multivitamin anyway in the wake of your gastrectomy but they may suggest a more comprehensive and targeted regime of vitamin and mineral supplements should you become pregnant. It’s probably a good idea to have a complete blood work up prior to getting pregnant as well. This will reveal whether you have any nutrient deficiencies that will need to be addressed prior to becoming pregnant. Vitamin D, iron, folic acid and more are all important to the developmental process of your baby. Therefore it’s important to know ahead of time whether you need to add any of these to your supplemental routine.
Are There Specific Things I Should Eat?
This is something you’ll need to determine in consultation with your dietitian. As a general rule however the following dietary guidelines will apply with sleeve gastrectomy and pregnancy:
- Make sure you are getting enough protein. A typical amount would be 70-90 grams per day.
- Avoid refined sugars and foods that are highly processed. Concentrate instead on whole grains, vegetables and fruit.
- Avoid saturated fats and trans fats. But make sure you’re getting adequate levels of unsaturated fats in your diet as this will aid your baby’s development and also provide needed energy for you. The exact amounts and sources will be determined by your dietitian.
- Don’t overeat. Now is no time to undo all the hard work you’ve put into building good eating habits in the months following your gastric sleeve surgery.
- Remember to drink plenty of water. At least 1.5 to 2 litres per day if possible to avoid dehydration.
Will I Pack on the Pounds During Pregnancy?
It is natural for your weight to increase some during pregnancy. This should not be of concern as long as you are maintaining healthy eating habits and following the advice of your dietitian. Chances are you will only gain a small amount of weight, or you may gain none as a result of your sleeve gastrectomy. The crucial thing is to focus on nutrition rather than panicking over a pound here or there. Keep in mind that one of the major benefits of gastric sleeve surgery is that you will be able to live a more “normal” life. Putting on a few pounds during pregnancy is the very definition of “normal”. So don’t sweat it. After you’ve had your baby you can discuss steps to take off any pregnancy related weight with your dietitian.
Sleeve gastrectomy and pregnancy do not have to be mutually exclusive. The most important things to keep in mind if you are planning a pregnancy after sleeve gastrectomy is not to rush it and to concentrate on nutrition during the pregnancy.