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
|Gastric Balloon||BMI 27+|
|Gastric Sleeve||BMI 30+|
|Gastric Bypass||BMI 35+|
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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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Surgery at Weight Loss Riga A simple step-by-step guide.
Thinking about having weight loss surgery in a different country? Overvekts Operasjoner Riga can help you with all the guidance and support you need.
We offer a step by step guide.
Contacting us is easy. You can email or telephone us, or simply complete the enquiry form on our website.
Once we have received your initial enquiry one of our Norwegian patient coordinators will contact you without delay. The patient coordinator plays a vital role throughout the process and will be available by either email or telephone for the duration of your care, both before and after surgery. All necessary documentation will be emailed to you, together with a health questionnaire which needs to be completed.
Once you confirm your further intentions and the health information questionnaire has been filled in, we send this form to Riga, to the doctors, who will assess the questionnaire. The doctors will confirm whether you are suitable for the procedure / surgery you want to have. If doctors confirm “Yes”, we are ready to take you to the next step.
We will work together with you to agree a date for surgery. The aim is to do this promptly, usually within one to two weeks.
In general, the timescale we give for Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass surgery is as follows; arrival in Riga on a Monday. The following day you will have pre-operative examinations and a consultation with your surgeon. On Wednesday, the surgery will be performed. Most people will travel home on the Friday.
For a Gastric Balloon procedure the usual schedule is as follows; arrival in Riga on a Sunday. The following day pre-operative examinations will be performed, you will have a consultation with your surgeon and the procedure will take place. By Wednesday you should be allowed to go home.
Once the date for surgery has been arranged, you will need to organize your flights and payment for the surgery. We will sign a Medical Travel agreement. As we recommend that you travel to Riga the day before your pre-operative examinations, we will arrange hotel accommodation for you.
It is our recommendation that a friend or relative travel with you and stay for the duration of your care for support. This person can stay with you in your room at the hospital. If you decide to travel alone, every effort will be made by our team to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible.
Upon arrival at Riga International Airport (RIX) you will be escorted to a waiting taxi, which will drive you to the hotel. One of our colleagues will then come and welcome you and answer any questions you may have, in addition to giving any information we feel you may need. In some cases, patients may choose to go directly to the hospital. Most of the people choose to come the day before the examinations and tests for the operation, they can then spend the night either exploring Riga by themselves, or just to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the hotel. The morning after, our colleague will pick you up again at the hotel and drive you to the hospital, where tests and examinations will take place. During your stay at the clinic our patient coordinator will make regular visits.
Each room at the clinic is private, in a pleasant and relaxing environment.
You will meet the surgeon and anaesthetist, for a private consultation and for tests to be performed the day before the procedure itself. When you have undergone tests and surveys, you have a few hours free, you can take a walk outside.
After the surgery / procedure is complete, the recovery phase starts. Your doctor and medical personnel will monitor your recovery. Following surgery you may be back on your feet within a few hours or it may take slightly longer. You will be given a diet plan and have discussions with the doctor and nurses.
The journey home. As a follow up, we will be available to answer your questions after you have returned home. You will be given a prescription for vitamins etc. which can be collected from the chemist at the airport in Riga, which we recommend. Your GP will continue to print prescriptions for you when your medication runs out at home. We also recommend that you book an appointment with your doctor after returning home, for blood tests etc.
We hope you enjoyed your medical trip to Riga, and that you are ready for a new and better life with your new diet and gradually slimmer body.