Answers to commonly asked questions

Got a question? We’ve put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about Weight Loss Riga, our procedures and everything you need to know pre, during and post your surgery. If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to reach out to us or join our Patient Facebook Group and have your questions answered by pre & post surgery patients.

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Reviewed By Patient Coordinator Mim Dickens
Last updated 01/01/2000

created by Reviewed By Patient Coordinator Mim Dickens
Last updated 01/01/01
  • What is weight loss surgery?

    Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a medical procedure designed to help you lose weight by altering your digestive system. 
    It typically involves reducing the size of the stomach or bypassing part of the digestive tract, leading to reduced food intake or nutrient absorption

  • Is weight loss surgery safe?

    Weight loss surgery is universially regarded as a safe way to achieve meaningful weight loss when performed by experienced surgeons in accredited facilities.
    However, like any surgical procedure, it carries risks and potential complications. Your surgeon will assess your individual health status and discuss the potential risks and benefits with you before proceeding.

  • Which procedures do you offer?

    We offer several proven weight loss surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and mini gastric bypass surgery. 
    Each procedure has its own benefits and considerations, and our team will help you determine the most suitable procedure for you.
  • What is gastric sleeve surgery?

    Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, involves removing a large portion of the stomach to create a smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach pouch.
    This restricts the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner, promoting weight loss.
  • What is gastric bypass surgery?

    Gastric bypass surgery involves creating a small stomach pouch and rerouting the digestive tract to bypass a portion of the small intestine.
    This limits the amount of food you can eat and reduces the absorption of nutrients, leading to weight loss.
  • What is mini gastric bypass surgery?

    Mini gastric bypass surgery is similar to traditional gastric bypass surgery but involves a simpler and less invasive procedure. 
    It creates a smaller stomach pouch and bypasses a portion of the small intestine to achieve weight loss.
  • What BMI do I need to have for every procedure?

    The specific BMI (Body Mass Index) requirements for weight loss surgery procedures may vary depending on factors such as your overall health and medical history. 
    Generally, candidates for weight loss surgery typically have a BMI of 30 or higher.
  • What is revision surgery?

    Revision surgery refers to a secondary weight loss surgery performed to correct or modify a previous bariatric procedure.
    It may be necessary due to complications, inadequate weight loss, or failure of past procedures such as gastric bands.
  • How do I prepare for weight loss surgery?

    Preparation for weight loss surgery involves various steps, including consultations with your Weight Loss Riga medical team, preoperative tests, dietary changes, and lifestyle adjustments. 
    Your medical team will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery and what to expect before and after the procedure.
  • Why should I choose Weight Loss Riga?

    Choosing Weight Loss Riga for your bariatric surgery offers a number of advantages:
    Expertise: Our clinic is staffed with experienced bariatric surgeons and a team dedicated to providing high-quality care throughout your weight loss journey.
    Affordability: We offer competitive pricing for weight loss surgery procedures, making weight loss surgery more accessible without compromising on safety or quality.
    Modern Facilities: Our state-of-the-art facilities in Riga, Latvia, are equipped with the latest technology and adhere to rigorous safety and hygiene standards under EU Law.
    Comprehensive Care: From initial consultations to postoperative support, we provide comprehensive care and guidance to help you achieve and maintain lasting weight loss success.
    Patient-Centered Approach: We prioritise individualised care, tailoring treatment plans to meet your unique needs and preferences.
    Proven Results: Having helped 2500+ patients, our track record of successful outcomes and satisfied patients highlights the effectiveness of our surgical procedures and support services.
    Convenience: Riga, Latvia, offers a convenient and accessible location for British patients seeking weight loss surgery abroad, with connections to all major airports in the UK and travel arrangements provided once in Riga.
  • How qualified is a the surgical team at Weight Loss Riga?

    Our surgical team at Weight Loss Riga consists of highly qualified and experienced bariatric surgeons who are skilled in performing a range of weight loss surgery procedures. With 30 years of surgical experience and 16 years specialsing in bariatric surgery, our team of surgeons undergo continuous training and adhere to strict EU standards of surgical care.
  • Does Weight Loss Riga have a patient support group?

    Yes, the Weight Loss Riga patient Facebook group has become one of the top resources for people on their weight loss journey where you can connect, share experiences, and receive encouragement and guidance from others on the same journey as you.
  • Is weight loss surgery abroad safe?

    Weight loss surgery abroad can be safe when performed by reputable clinics with experienced surgeons and modern facilities. At Weight Loss Riga, we prioritize patient safety and adhere to strict EU standards to ensure patient safety and lasting results.
  • How do you compare to UK clinics?

    Weight Loss Riga offers competitive pricing, experienced surgical teams, and comprehensive care comparable to UK clinics. With our price for weight loss surgery coming in at £4,980 compared to £12,000+ in UK clinics, there’s only one option patients recommend when it comes to weight loss surgery that isn’t on the NHS.
  • How does Weight Loss Riga compare to Turkey?

    With stricter medical regulations (under EU law) like UK clinics, higher clinical standards and long term post surgery care, Weight Loss Riga helps you achieve lasting weight loss success at an affordable rate without compromising on safety.
  • How much does surgery with WLR cost?

    £4,980. Every procedure has one simple price with accommodation, transfers and aftercare included. We believe healthcare shouldn't break the bank which is why we also offer payment plans via our finance partner Kandoo so you can split the cost of your surgery into manageable monthly instalments.
  • What does the process look like?

    The weight loss surgery process begins with a health questionnaire followed by a consultation. Once in Riga the team will carry out preoperative evaluations and tests. On the day of surgery, you'll undergo the procedure and receive postoperative care and support to ensure a successful recovery and long-term weight loss.
  • How soon can I schedule my surgery?

    Scheduling for weight loss surgery depends on various factors such as surgeon availability and flights but typically patients can schedule their appoint for as early as 2-3 weeks times. Our team will work with you to determine the best possible date for your procedure while ensuring thorough preparation.
  • Will I have to travel to the clinic for my consultation?

    Initial consultations are carried out virtually over the phone with pre-operative tests and evaluations happening in the clinic prior to your surgery.
  • Can I connect with past patients ahead of my surgery?

    Yes, you can join the Weight Loss Riga patient Facebook group where you can engage with, ask questions to, and receive guidance from others on the same journey as you. Hearing firsthand accounts from others who have undergone weight loss surgery can provide valuable support and reassurance during your journey.
  • What pre-tests will be carried out?

    Preoperative tests may include blood work, imaging studies, cardiac evaluations, and nutritional assessments. These tests help ensure your safety and readiness for surgery by identifying any potential risks or underlying health conditions.
  • Who will I know which procedure is best for me?

    Your suitability for specific weight loss surgery procedures will be determined through comprehensive consultations with our medical team. Factors such as your health status, weight loss goals, lifestyle, and medical history will be taken into consideration to recommend the most appropriate procedure for you. We will provide detailed information and guidance to help you make an informed decision.
  • Can I bring a partner with me?

    Yes, in fact we encourage. Bringing company along for your procedure can be a great support tool and help overcome any last minute nerves. 
    Each patient is provided with a double room during their stay at the hotel with the option to book an additional room or additional nights stay (for your companion while you're in the clinic) for a small additional fee.
  • What should I pack?

    Unlike the constant wet weather we experience in the UK, Riga benefits from all 4 seasons throughout the year. This means summers can be warm and winters very cold. We recommend checking the weather ahead of your stay and packing accordingly. 
    Depending on the procedure and dietary recommendation given you might also be advised to bring some specific multivitamins or food supplements. Your patient coordinator will guide you through this in more detail ahead of your visit
  • How many days will I be in Riga?

    Depending on the day of your procedure as well as flight availability you may find yourself in Riga from 4-7 days. With 1-2 days spent in a 4 star hotel and an additional 2-4 days spent in the clinic for your procedure and post surgery recovery. 
    With Riga boasting beautiful tourist attractions, you may also wish to add an additional couple of days to take in all the city has to offer.
  • What currency is used in Riga?

    The currency used in Riga, Latvia, is the Euro (EUR). 
    It's advisable to exchange currency before your trip or upon arrival at the airport if you prefer to use cash. Alternatively most transaction points in the city accept UK debit and credit cards with your bank handling conversion rates at the time of transaction
  • How will I travel around the city while I'm there?

    Upon arrival in Riga, you will find your transfer driver waiting for you to transfer you to the hotel - make sure you have your hotel reservations ready. 
    Sometime either prior to or after your arrival in Riga you will be contacted by a local patient coordinator. They’ll be your coordinator in Riga and will be looking after you throughout your stay in Riga. Be sure to save their number in your phone so that if you have any queries or questions while you are in Riga, you’ll be able to reach them. 
    All local transfers to/from the Clinic will be arranged by your local patient coordinator. They’ll give you exact instructions on your first meet. 
    If you opt to add a couple of days to your visit and take in the sites, Riga offers various transportation options for getting around the city. These include buses, trams, trolleybuses, and taxis. 
    The public transportation system is well-developed and efficient, with routes covering the city and surrounding areas. Additionally, walking and cycling are popular ways to explore Riga, especially in the city center.
  • Will I have difficulties communicating in English?

    English is widely spoken and understood in Riga, especially in tourist areas, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Many locals, particularly younger generations and those working in the service industry, are fluent in English. 
    When it comes to the clinic, the entire medical team at Weight Loss Riga are proficient in english and have years of experience caring for british patients. 
    You therefore shouldn't encounter difficulties communicating in English during your stay in Riga.
  • How soon will I see results?

    Weight loss typically begins soon after surgery, with noticeable changes in the first few weeks to months. However, individual results may vary, and the rate of weight loss can depend on factors such as the chosen procedure, adherence to postoperative guidelines, and lifestyle and diet choices
  • How much weight can I expect to lose?

    The amount of weight you can expect to lose varies depending on factors such as your starting weight, chosen procedure, adherence to dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and individual metabolism. 
    On average, patients may achieve significant weight loss ranging from 50% to 70% of excess body weight within the first year following surgery.
  • How much time will I need to take off work

    The duration of time off work following weight loss surgery can vary depending on the type of procedure performed, your job requirements, and your rate of recovery. 
    Generally, patients may need to take one to four weeks off work to allow for adequate rest and recovery.
  • Should I expect to regain weight after surgery?

    While weight loss surgery can lead to significant and sustained weight loss, it's essential to maintain healthy lifestyle habits to prevent weight regain. 
    Adhering to dietary guidelines, staying physically active, and engaging with follow-ups can help support long-term weight maintenance.
  • Can I excerise after surgery?

    Yes, exercise is an important component of postoperative recovery and long-term weight management. 
    Your surgical team will provide guidance on when and how to gradually reintroduce physical activity based on your individual recovery and any specific recommendations related to your procedure.
  • Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?

    Yes, it is possible to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy after weight loss surgery. 
    However, it's essential to wait until your weight has stabilized and your healthcare provider has given clearance before attempting pregnancy. 
    Pregnancy following weight loss surgery may require close monitoring and nutritional supplementation to ensure the health of both mother and baby.
  • Will I be left with any scars?

    Most weight loss surgery procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques, which result in smaller incisions and less noticeable scars compared to traditional open surgery.
    While some minor scarring may occur, the scars typically fade over time and can often be concealed by clothing. 
    Your surgical team will take care to minimize scarring and provide instructions for scar care during your recovery.
  • What aftercare tools are available?

    Weight loss surgery is an effective tool in achieving weight loss but it’s the steps taken post surgery - developing new, long-term, healthier habits - that leads to lasting weight loss success and prevents unintended weight regain. This means our support doesn’t end once your surgery is complete. To help you cement long-term results post bariatric surgery, we’ve developed and included a range of aftercare solutions in our packages:
    A personal nutritionist - they’ll work with you to help overcome dysfunctional eating habits and provide you with tailored dietary advice.
    Psychotherapy support - through community, re-education resources, and 1-2-1 sessions with both a therapist and a functional nutritionist we'll provide you the advice, guidance, knowledge and support needed to manage the psychological and nutritional challenges linked to obesity remission and bariatric surgery success.
    Check-ins and community support - Our team continue to check-in for 5 years post treatment so you're supported along the way. You'll also be added to a close-knit community of bariatric patients supporting one another in answering questions, sharing tips and recommendations and showcasing their journey.
  • Will I get follow-ups post surgery?

    Yes - our team continue to check-in for 5 years post surgery to monitor progress and provide support so you're assisted throughout your bariatric journey.
  • What nutrition support is available?

    If you opt for our nutritionist package, you'll work directly with one of our nutritionists who'll help you overcome dysfunctional eating habits and provide you with tailored dietary advice. Ensuring you have the skills and knowledge needed to both lose weight and keep it off long term.
  • Do you offer mental health support alongside the surgery?

    We do. Through our partnershup with the Centre for Bariatric Support and 1-2-1 sessions with a qualified bariatric psychotherapist, we'll provide you the guidance and support needed to manage the psychological challenges linked to obesity remission and weight loss success.

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The Weight Loss Riga Resource Hub

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