A guide to obesity treatment abroad

More and more people are considering obesity treatment abroad.  With increasing numbers of people in Western countries carrying excess weight, obesity has become a major health problem. According to the UK NHS, around 23% of adults are classified as obese in the UK, while the Centre for Disease Control has the figure for US citizens at 36%. (Obesity is defined as having a body mass index or BMI of 30 or more.)

But for the patient considering obesity treatment abroad, there may be some concerns. What are the conditions like in hospitals and clinics overseas? Is the surgeon suitably qualified? Where can I get the best deal? What questions should I ask about the treatment? What happens if I am unhappy with the outcome of the treatment?

This guide attempts to answer these questions and guides the patient through the process of exploring the options for obesity treatment abroad. It has been developed through the experience that we have gained through operating the Treatment Abroad web site and our knowledge of the medical tourism industry in general.

In this section...

Why choose to go abroad?

With increasing numbers of people in Western countries who are overweight, obesity has become a major health problem. ...

Practicalities of going abroad

If you have exhausted all the non-surgical techniques for weight loss and you need to lose a significant amount of weight, you may consider surgica ...

How to choose a destination and clinic

Having made the decision to have weight loss surgery abroad, how do you choose between the many hundreds of clinics that have sprung up to attract ...

Weight loss programmes

Before considering a gastric band or more drastic weight loss surgery such as a gastric bypass, you should make sure that you have tried every othe ...

Comparing the costs

One of the biggest attractions of obesity treatment abroad is the price, but how do you know if you are getting a good deal? How should you go abou ...

Regulation and Qualifications

In some countries, obesity surgery, often referred to as bariatric surgery, is regulated in the same way as other surgical specialities. ...

What if something goes wrong?

Obesity surgery may be growing in popularity, but it remains a relatively new area of surgery and some techniques have only been used for fifteen y ...


Obesity treatment abroad is becoming more popular and some aspects can be covered by medical tourism insurance, which is a developing and changing ...


Aftercare is a crucial part of obesity surgery abroad as well as at home. ...


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