Optimed Hospital
Private hospital in Cerkezkoy, Turkey

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Optimed Hospital in Cerkezkoy, near Istanbul, Turkey is a modern ISO accredited hospital offering a range of high quality healthcare services for national and international patients, including aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, bariatric (obesity & metabolic) surgery and anti-reflux surgery, general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, paediatric surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, health checks, hair transplantation and ophthalmology.

Conveniently located 45 minutes by car from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Optimed Hospital is a spacious and comfortable 200 bed hospital with ISO 9001: 2008 certification and a regional reputation for excellence.

Open 24 hours a day, the hospital is fully equipped with all the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology and has five operating theatres, two delivery suites, a general intensive care unit, a coronary intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit and a helipad. In-patients have a choice of a suite, single or double room, all with LCD TV, refrigerator and air conditioning.

By combining a guest-focused approach, an experienced team of doctors and surgeons and a multidisciplinary ethos, Optimed is committed to providing a professional and trustworthy healthcare service of international standard. The Optimed Health Group also operates a day surgery and physiotherapy clinic in nearby Corlu and is in the process of constructing a new health complex in the Kapakli area of Tekirdag.

Medical services at Optimed Hospital

Optimed Hospital’s medical departments and units cover a wide range of medical specialties, including:

  • Aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Anti-reflux surgery (Laparoscopic floppy Nissen fundoplication)
  • Audiology
  • Bariatric surgery (obesity & metabolic surgery)
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Chest diseases
  • Dermatology
  • ENT
  • Ophthalmology
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology and obstetrics
  • Health screening
  • Internal medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics and traumatology
  • Paediatrics and paediatric surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Sleep medicine and snoring
  • Urology

Obesity surgery

Optimed Hospital offers effective surgical weight loss solutions for people who are severely overweight and for whom traditional weight loss methods have been unsuccessful.

Also known as bariatric surgery (from baros, the ancient Greek word for weight), obesity surgery is designed to work in one of two ways – either to reduce the volume of the stomach and/or to limit the amount of calories that are absorbed. Suitable for patients aged between 18 and 65 who have an obesity problem of more than five years’ standing, the major benefit of the surgery lies in the reduction of the diseases associated with the condition and modern advances in surgical techniques have led to a significant reduction in the mortality rate.

Two methods of obesity surgery are provided at Optimed Hospital:

  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy – surgical reduction of the size of the stomach to a sleeve-shaped tube thereby reducing the amount of food that can be eaten
  • Laparoscopic SADI-S (Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy) – the latest technique in obesity surgery that also results in the immediate reversal of Type 2 diabetes


There are certain situations where obesity surgery may not be appropriate:

  • In cases of severe eating disorders
  • If there is an addiction to drugs, alcohol or stimulants
  • If there is a serious systemic disease
  • If there is a disease affecting the upper digestive tract
  • If there is a need for the use of anti-inflammatory drugs
  • If there is a hormonal or endocrine complaint
  • If there is a serious psychiatric problem
  • If pregnancy is planned within one year of surgery

Benefits of obesity surgery

  • Significant improvement in blood pressure measurements in hypertensive patients
  • Very significant improvements in blood sugar levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Improvements in sleep apnoea
  • Breathing becomes easier

Obesity surgery at Optimed Hospital

The expert team at the Optimed Bariatric Center carefully assess every patient’s needs to find the best surgical treatment in each individual case. Patients undergoing surgery stay in hospital for 2 to 3 days, and are able to stand up 4 hours post-surgery. Post-operative pain is minimal, passing within 1-2 days and can be easily controlled with simple painkillers.

Following surgery, patients are advised to follow a regular diet and exercise programme, and the success of surgery is related to compliance with this plan. All patients who comply lose weight effectively and the target weight is achieved within 1 to 1.5 years.

The diet and exercise programme also plays a vital role in preventing re-weight gain after surgery and in controlling obesity-related diseases. As a result, it is recommended that patients undergo regular check-ups and surveillance following surgery.

Anti-reflux surgery

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES), a ring a muscle between the oesophagus and stomach, is weak or relaxes inappropriately allowing the stomach contents to flow up into the oesophagus. Symptoms include a burning in chest (heartburn) sometimes spreading to the throat, bloating, chest pain, a dry cough and regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid reflux).Among the many causes of the condition are genetic factors, obesity, certain medications, the presence of co-existing chronic disease, smoking, alcohol, the consumption of oily, sweet and fermented foods, and excessive consumption of tea and coffee.

Optimed Hospital offers expert investigation and treatment for GERD. The disease can only be identified endoscopically and accurate diagnosis is important as the condition carries a 0.3% risk of developing into Barrett’s Oesophagus and oesophageal cancer.

The initial treatment options for GERD are medical therapy and diet, however if the patient does not tolerate the medication, or if there is severe damage and stenosis of the oesophagus or a sliding hiatus hernia, surgery is indicated.

The gold standard surgical treatment for GERD is floppy Nissen fundoplication, a laparoscopic procedure that takes approximately 30-45 to perform, with a success rate of 99% and very high patient satisfaction. Although very effective, the technique is highly specialist and should always be performed by an experienced surgeon.

Dr Serkan Ayhan

Bariatric surgery and anti-reflux procedures at Optimed Hospital are led by General Surgeon, Dr Serkan Ayhan, a specialist in Bariatric (Obesity & Metabolic) Surgery and Anti Reflux Surgery.

A graduate of Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Dr Ayhan has performed nearly 1000 obesity and anti-reflux operations and is actively involved in teaching and research having completed a thesis on obesity and reflux patients, as well as preparing a measurement report on the evaluation of pre- and post-operative conditions in patients.

Dr Ayhan is trained in laparoscopy, endoscopy and the latest open surgical techniques and, in addition to bariatric surgery, provides a comprehensive range of general surgery procedures including laparoscopic floppy Nissen fundoplication, the gold standard surgical treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The department of Plastic Surgery at Optimed Hospital offers a wide range of aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive procedures for the breast, face and body including breast augmentation and reduction, abdominoplasty, facial aesthetics, nose-reshaping, pinnaplasty, eyelid surgery, liposuction, male breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery) and hair transplantation.

General surgery

Optimed has a team of dedicated surgeons who are committed to providing high quality care with compassion, excellence and integrity. As well as a special interest and expertise in laparoscopic surgery, the team offers a full range of conventional procedures including breast surgery, thyroid surgery and fistula repair. Varicose vein treatment (EVLT and ablation) and surgery is performed by the hospital’s cardiovascular surgeon.

The General Surgery department also offers diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy and colonoscopy and works with a variety of medical branches and departments like radiology/interventional radiology, pathology and the in-house laboratory to help patients recover and return to their normal routines as quickly as possible.

Cardiovascular surgery

Optimed Hospital has a strong reputation in the field of cardiovascular surgery and provides a full range of surgical procedures including: coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), aortic valve replacement (AVR), mitral valve replacement (MVR), mitral valve repair- valvotomy CPB , mitral valve repair- posterior valve CPB , tricuspid valve replacement (TVR), tricuspid valve repair- valvotomy CPB, aortic aneurysm repair - supracoronary CBP, aortic aneurysm repair (with aortic root ) – BENTALL, transluminal balloon angioplasty and endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH).

Paediatric surgery

The paediatric surgery team at Optimed works across the various disciplines, including thoracic surgery, general surgery, head and neck surgery, urology and gynaecology, to provide treatment for congenital anomalies, childhood diseases and common problems such as hernia, appendicitis and undescended testicles.

Getting treatment

Optimed Hospital welcomes international patients. Appointments can be booked 24/7 via the online e-appointment service or by contacting:

Ms.Tugce AYBEK
International Marketing Director

Tel: 90 282 726 55 21 (ext. 5055)

Mob: 90 532 673 87 91

E-mail: [email protected]

Opening hours

  24 hour opening

Imaging and radiology

CT scan
DEXA (bone) scan (for osteoporosis)
Mammography (Breast scan)
X Ray
Ultrasound - Vascular Doppler
MRI scan
Ultrasound - 2d


Liability insurance: No


Optimed Hospital video


Optimed Hospital brochure  [ PDF 901kb]
Optimed Hospital - ISO certification Eng.  [ PDF 161kb]
Optimed Hospital - ISO certification Ru.  [ PDF 161kb]
Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease - flyer  [ PDF 1327kb]
Obesity surgery (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) - flyer  [ PDF 943kb]
Obesity surgery (SADI-S) - flyer  [ PDF 1016kb]



118 Ataturk Street




Main phone

90541 726 0 555


900282 726 5521