Weight Loss Surgery Abroad: Lithuania

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About Lithuania

Lithuania is rapidly becoming a top destination for medical tourism securing its place on the health travel map. It has long been known for the exceptional medical training quality, top universities producing highly skilled surgeons who constantly improve their expertise abroad, participating in various trainings, conferences and workshops in Sweden, Norway, the USA, Denmark, Germany and many other leading countries.

Recently, medical tourism has been considered on the governmental level in order to make Lithuania a global leader in the industry. Lithuania’s Ministry of Economy signed an agreement with the Medical Tourism Association to guide the process.

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What is obesity?

Obesity is a medical condition in which disbalance between calorie intake and expenditure leads to excessive fat accumulation in human body. To put it simply, obesity is an extra amount of total body fat. The most prevalent measure of obesity is the body mass index or BMI. An individual is considered overweight if his or her BMI is between 25 and 29.9, whereas an individual is considered obese if his or her BMI is over 30.

Morbid obesity defines a person who is either 50%-100% over normal weight, more than 50 kilograms over normal weight, has the BMI of 40 or higher or is overweight enough to highly affect the health or normal function of the organism.

Treatment options

In most cases obesity is alleviated and cured by arranging balanced and nutritious diet, increasing physical activity or taking medications. However,  in cases of failure to achieve desired weight control with conservative methods surgical treatment is advised.

Several techniques are available for surgical treatment of obesity that are commonly used worldwide and their efficiency in weight correction and management of associated co-morbidities is substantially higher as compared with conservative methods. The main techinques are Gastric bypass, Gastric sleeve, Gastric band and Gastric Balloon.

our bariatric surgeon
  • certified in Denmark, Sweden and the UK
  • doctor of medical science
  • more than 2.500 bariatric surgeries
  • a member of World Weight Loss surgery group
  • 10 years experience in Sweden, Gothenburg University hospital
  • fluent in English and Swedish

Professor Dr. Almantas Maleckas is one of the first surgeons in the region who started working in bariatic and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Maleckas received weight loss surgery license in Sahlgrenska University hospital, Gothenburg, in Sweden.

In 2007 the surgeon opened International Bariatric Training Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania where surgeons from various European countries come to receive training on bariatric surgery.

Interestingly, Dr. Maleckas simultaneously works in 2 countries, in Sweden and Lithuania. Every month he goes to Sweden for approximately 2 weeks and the rest of the time he spends in Lithuania. The surgeon says such experience is very useful and refreshing.

The professor is always welcome in various International medical conferences where he gives lectures and speeches. Dr. Maleckas is often invited abroad to perform difficult surgeries that require great skill, knowledge and experience.

What Causes Obesity?

When an individual gets more calories than he or she uses gradually extra weight increases and if it is not reduced you are on the way to become obese.  For many people this happens because of eating too much and exercising too little. But there are other aspects that also play a role in obesity. These may include:

Age. As you get older, your organism‘s capability to metabolize nutrition slows down and you do not need as many calories to keep your weight.

Gender. Women are likely to be more overweight than men. Men have a higher resting metabolic rate (meaning they use more energy at rest) than women, so men need more calories to keep their body weight stable. Additionally, when women become postmenopausal, their metabolic rate reduces. That is one of the reasons why many women gain weight after menopause.

Genetics. Obesity (and slimness) tends to be inherited in families. In a research of persons, who were adopted as children, scientists discovered that participating adult weights were closer to their biological mother's weights than their adoptive mother's. The environment granted by adoptive parents obviously had less affect on the development of obesity than the individual's genetic factor. In fact, if your biological mother is fat as an adult, there is roughly a 75% possibility that you will be fat too. If your biological mother is slim, there is also a 75% possibility that you will be slim too. Nevertheless, persons who sense that their genes have sentenced them to a lifetime of obesity should think over. Many persons genetically predisposed to obesity do not become overweight or are capable of losing weight and keep their body weight stable.

Environmental factors. Although genetics is a significant aspect in many cases of obesity, environment also plays an important role. Environmental factors involve lifestyle, eating habits and  physical activity.

Physical activity. Physically active people need more calories than less energetic ones to keep their weight stable. Physical activity tends to reduce appetite in obese people while enhancing the organism’s capability to preferentially use fat as a source of energy.

Psychological aspects. Psychological aspects also affect eating habits and obesity. Many people eat in response to negative feelings such as boredom, sadness or anger. People who have problems with weight control may be encounter more emotional and psychological issues. About 30% of people who aim to overcomeserious weight problems have problems with binge eating.

Disorders. Hormone diseases such as hypothyroidism, depression and a number of other disorders of the brain can lead to obesity.

Medication.Certain medicaments such as steroids and some antidepressants may lead to obesity.

Emotional Factors of Obesity

One of the most difficult sides of obesity may be the psychological pain that it provokes. American and European societies set enormous claims on physical look usually relating to attractiveness with thinness or muscularity. In addition, many people incorrectly consider obese people being voracious, lazy, or both. However, more and more prove oppose. Obese people often encounter preconception or discrimination at work, at school and in social life. Feelings of rejection, disgrace or sadness are prevalent.

What are health risks related to obesity?

Obesity is not just a cosmetic disorder. It is a terrible dilemma directly destructive to person‘s health. In the USA approximately 300,000 deaths per year are connected to obesity and more than 80% of these deaths are in people with a BMI over 30. For people with a BMI over 40, life time is decreased significantly (approximately 5 years for women and 20 years for men). Obesity also enhances the hazard of getting a number of chronic illnesses including the following:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular accident or CVA)
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Colon cancer in men and women, rectum and prostate cancer in men, gallbladder and uterus cancer in women.
  • Obesity can also be related with breast cancer, especially in postmenopausal women.
  • Gallstones
  • Gout and gouty arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Sleep apnea
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