General Surgery

Obesity Surgery by Koray Topgül

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He focuses on oncology surgery for the last 20 years of his professional life, especially on gastrointestinal system cancers. Since “gastrectomy” was originally a cancer surgery procedure and in parallel to the rise of obesity disease, sleeve gastrectomy happened to be performed as a type of bariatric surgery, Prof. Topgül naturally added bariatric surgery into his practice. Today he performs sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and metabolic surgery according to the condition of his patients.

He draws attention to obesity during childhood or adolescence. 75% of people who are “obese” in this period are also “obese” in adult ages and some become “morbidly obese”. Therefore, a child or adolescent carries his/her disease to adult ages with its co-morbid (accompanying) diseases. He underlines that the first choice should definitely be conservative & non-surgical treatment alternatives unless strict medical and social prerequisite conditions are evaluated carefully. He adds that as long as this discipline is preserved, researches have shown that surgical treatment is successful in the treatment of morbid obesity during childhood or adolescence.

Prof. Topgül points to Turkey as a leading destination for health tourists because of the well-trained human resources and highly technological infrastructure that we have. In addition to that geographical location of Turkey creates advantages in terms of proximity and climate.

While selecting your physician he says, patients should take 2 points into consideration: First the experience of the physician in that particular treatment, and second, the facilities of the hospital and the broadness of existing medical branches in that hospital.

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