Gastrointestinal Surgeries

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Procedure Description

Gastrointestinal (GI) surgeries involve surgical procedures focused on the digestive system. This broad category of surgeries ranges from appendectomies and hernia repairs to more complicated procedures like gastric bypass surgeries and colectomies. The digestive system is intricate, containing organs like the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, and colon. Therefore, GI surgeries often require specialized expertise.

People opt for gastrointestinal surgeries for a variety of reasons. They might be suffering from conditions like gastrointestinal cancers, appendicitis, gallstones, hernias, or severe digestive issues like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In some instances, GI surgeries may be elective, such as bariatric surgery for weight loss. In others, they are life-saving and necessary for immediate treatment, like emergency appendectomies.

While non-surgical treatments are always explored first, surgery becomes the option when less invasive treatments are ineffective, or the condition is severe enough to require immediate intervention. Because of the complex nature of the digestive system, it is crucial to have these surgeries performed by qualified and experienced surgeons to minimize risks and improve outcomes.

Procedure Duration

The duration of gastrointestinal surgeries can vary widely depending on the complexity of the procedure and the condition being treated. For simpler procedures like appendectomies, the surgery may take as little as 1-2 hours. More complex surgeries like gastric bypass or colectomy can last several hours. Laparoscopic surgeries, which are minimally invasive, may also take less time compared to open surgeries.

Recovery times also differ based on the procedure. For simpler surgeries, you may be discharged from the hospital within a few days. However, complex surgeries may require a longer hospital stay, sometimes up to a week or more. It's crucial to consider the recovery time when planning medical tourism for gastrointestinal surgery, as you will need sufficient time abroad for both the procedure and post-operative care.

Furthermore, some procedures require ongoing follow-up appointments and physical therapy, so long-term care considerations are important. Make sure to include this in your travel plans and discuss it thoroughly with your medical team.


  • Cost Savings: Medical procedures abroad can often be more cost-effective without compromising quality.
  • Expertise: Certain countries specialize in gastrointestinal surgeries, offering highly skilled surgeons and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Advanced Technology: International hospitals may offer the latest surgical technologies that are yet to be widely available in your home country.
  • Shorter Wait Times: In countries with long waiting lists for elective surgeries, medical tourism can offer quicker access to needed procedures.

Potential Destinations

  • Gastric Bypass: Thailand, Mexico
  • Appendectomy: India, Turkey
  • Hernia Repair: Costa Rica, Poland
  • Colectomy: Singapore, South Korea

Risks & Considerations

  • Travel Restrictions: Be aware of visa requirements and any travel restrictions due to global events.
  • Language Barriers: Language can be a challenge, so ensure there are translation services available.
  • Quality of Care: Ensure the facility is accredited by a recognized international medical organization.
  • Post-Operative Care: Plan for potential complications and the logistics of getting further care abroad or returning home.

How to Choose the Right Doctor and Hospital

  • Accreditation: Look for hospitals that have international accreditation from reputable organizations.
  • Doctor's Credentials: Ensure the doctor is board-certified in gastroenterology or a related surgical field.
  • Reviews and Testimonials: Look for patient reviews to gauge the quality of care.
  • Initial Consultation: Use this opportunity to ask questions and gauge your comfort level with the medical staff.

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Patients are advised to seek hospitals that are accredited by Global Healthcare and only work with medical tourism facilitators who are certified by Global Healthcare Accreditation or who have undergone certification from the Certified Medical Travel Professionals (CMTP). This ensures that the highest standards in the industry are met. GHA accredits the top hospitals in the world. These are the best hospitals in the world for quality and providing the best patient experience. Click the link to check out hospitals accredited by the Global Healthcare Accreditation:

Frequently Asked Questions

What actually happens during hyperstimulation of the ovaries?

The patient will take injectable FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for eight to eleven days, depending on how long the follicles take to mature. This hormone is produced naturally in a woman’s body causing one egg to develop per cycle. Taking the injectable FSH causes several follicles to develop at once, at approximately the same rate. The development is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and following the patient’s levels of estradiol and progesterone. FSH brand names include Repronex, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal-F and Bravelle. The patient injects herself daily.

What happens during egg retrieval?

When the follicles have developed enough to be harvested, the patient attends an appointment  where she is anesthetized and prepared for the procedure. Next, the doctor uses an ultrasound probe to guide a needle through the vaginal wall and into the follicle of the ovary. The thin needle draws the follicle fluid, which is then examined by an embryologist to find the eggs. The whole process takes about 20 minutes.

What happens to the eggs?

In the next step, the harvested eggs are then fertilized. If the sperm from the potential father, or in some cases, anonymous donor, has normal functionality, the eggs and sperm are placed together in a dish with a nutrient fluid, then incubated overnight to fertilize normally. If the sperm functionality is suboptimal, an embryologist uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to inject a single sperm into a single egg with an extremely precise glass needle.  Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are assessed and prepared to be transferred to the patient’s uterus.

How are the embryos transferred back to the uterus?

The doctor and the patient will discuss the number of embryos to be transferred. The number of successfully fertilized eggs usually determines the number of eggs to be placed in the uterus. Embryos are transferred to the uterus with transabdominal ultrasound guidance. This process does not require anesthesia, but it can cause minor cervical or uterine discomfort. Following transfer, the patient is advised to take at least one days bed rest and two or three additional days of rest, then 10 to 12 days later, two pregnancy tests are scheduled to confirm success. Once two positive tests are completed, an obstetrical ultrasound is ordered to show the sac, fetal pole, yolk sac and fetal heart rate.


Built into this technology there is a microscope with a powerful camera that allows the uninterrupted monitoring of the embryo during its first hours of life. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the embryo, from the moment when the oocyte is inseminated and begins to divide into smaller and smaller cells, until it can be transferred to the uterus.

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