Each individual that I interacted with, whether in person, via call or email has been kind and committed to supporting me on this journey. I believe the process has been so much easier because I know that there is a team of skilled individuals ready to assist me whenever I need them. A very big thank you from me to the whole team! ❤️
I really found the experience very good. Everyone was very friendly and kind. I felt confident that everything would be ok, and people were understanding when I was nervous. After surgery there was a nurse with short red hair (I can’t remember her name) but she was amazing and her English was very good despite what she thought.Read full story
To help others from the uk, remind them that they need adaptors for Estonia. It may have been somewhere but I missed it and I was very anxious about this as when being so far away from home I really needed my phone. Also let people know about getting food in advance. I think if the hotel has a lot of bariatric patients it may be helpful if they had water, baby food and Greek Yogart- and a way for English speakers to know they have it. The walk to the hyper market that first day was really hard, not to mention the language barrier (I have anxiety so between this and the adapter and being on my own I was very stressed)
That said the surgery experience couldn’t have been better, I’m healing well and have had to set an alarm to remind me to eat. The best part is no acid reflux which was so bad previously.
Phola from UK
I have been better than ever after the surgery. A total of 42.8 kilos have been lost since April 2022. On the day of surgery I weighed 127 kg and today 84.2 kg.Read full story
After the sleeve surgery, the first two weeks were about learning a completely new way of eating, but I got used to it very quickly. I have added exercise to my daily routine little by little and I feel that I can do things that I would never have thought of before. My self-esteem has taken a big leap forward and my reflection in the mirror feels incredible. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if this is true.
The only thing I regret is that I spent years with useless diets.
I have struggled with my weight and overeating ever since childhood. In fact, I remember feeling shame about my body and around food as early as 6 years old. My. life was spent in cycles of either gaining weight rapidly or losing a lot of weight very quickly, in unhealthy and unsustainable ways — only to end up gaining even more weight than before.Read full story
At 29 years old, I was reaching a BMI of 40 and I was at an all-time low physically and mentally. I had been considering weight loss surgery for many years but the bariatric clinic in my country’s public healthcare system was complicated and my experiences with them were uncomfortable and negative. After much research online, I reached out to Bariatric Services in Tallinn and was met with wonderful support and assistance. All my questions were answered with patience and kindness, and when it came time to travel to Tallinn, Dr. Kaur and his team exceeded all of my expectations. Although the surgery itself made me anxious and scared, nonetheless I felt safe and in good hands throughout the entire journey. Today is 6 months since my vertical sleeve gastrectomy and I am living my best life. I have not had any negative impacts or side effects at all, besides a bit of temporary hair loss. I feel free to move and use my body, exercising and dancing. I am no longer a slave to my food addiction, and instead really enjoy eating tiny portions of high quality, expensive meals. I no longer struggle with social anxiety, and my only regret is not coming to Bariatric Services sooner. I spent way too much of my life, my most precious 20’s, being sick with obesity. I highly recommend anyone who has a similar story to mine to seriously consider weight loss surgery. My one advice is to take a few weeks off after surgery in order to rest, recover, and really spend that time visualizing your new life! I am forever thankful to Dr. Kaur and all of the team!
A big thank to Bariatric Services Tallinn on my part. Can’t help but recommend to anyone who is planning to have weight loss surgery. Ilmar, Kaire, Teija and all the other staff you are just great!Read full story
I am grateful for the opportunity for a better and healthier life. 02/22 I contacted Kaire for the first time via email and inquired about the possibility of surgery. After detailed health inquiries, I was told that the operation is possible for me. Surgery was scheduled for 3/15/22. Before surgery process my BMI was 46 resulting in severe sleep apnea and hypertension. Surgery morning after four weeks of pre-surgery diet BMI was 41. So my new life started on 15.3.22 and it has been going really well for me. Today, little over half a year later I’m at my normal weight and BMI is
I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. Since my teens I went through many years of so called “yo-yo” periods of losing weight and then regaining it with interests. This setting is very stressing, both emotionally and practically.Read full story
At the same time, I have the luck of being in a proportioned body, despite my short height. This meant that even when I gained more kg, I still looked good, and my curvy body has always been very much appreciated – and I like my curves too. However, with time I couldn’t stop from noticing that the situation was getting worse: in the past ten years I gained more and more weight.
I tried different diets, but the discouragement took over eventually, because my metabolism is so slow that it took many weeks just to lose very small amount of weight. So I kept on asking myself: why should I eat so little if my weight stays more or less the same as when I eat more? And with “eat more”, I don’t mean junk or bad food. In fact, I’ve never had appetite for fried, oily or super fatty foods. I like good and healthy food, so the “more” is related to the portions. I also had the very bad habit of eating too fast.
Eventually I accepted that my metabolism is slow and that my “destiny” was to be curvy. Until one day, around April 2021, I happened to know that one acquaintance of mine had weight loss surgery and I was so surprised, because I knew she was never severely obese, and she confirmed that she didn’t have any comorbidities before the procedure. I felt a bit confused, as I wrongly assumed that WLS is designed only for severe obese people.
Being a very analytical person, I spent couple of months researching about everything related WLS surgery, both from medical and patient’s perspective. After reading so much, I felt the need to talk with a doctor, so in summer 2021 I started to look for hospitals where WLS is performed.
I found Bariatric Services immediately, and I was very pleased to see that all relevant information was in English and that they were on all major social media platforms. I found out very soon that Dr. Ilmar Kaur had a stunning reputation, so I wrote and asked to meet him for a face to face consultation.
I received a response and a confirmation very quickly, and in September 2021 I met the doctor. The hospital was under renovation, but he still made time and space to meet me. He looked very professional and I admired a lot his honesty: he explained how WLS surgery can be a success, but he also talked about what can go wrong or different than expected. And this is very important, because even if WLS is considered to be very safe, there can always be side effects and/or complications of which we must be aware in order to understand if this is the right decision for us. He concluded that the surgical risk is very low for me, therefore I was eligible for weight loss surgery.
I spent the following 3 months thinking about the surgery. My main question was: do I really need it? My BMI was 34.8 and luckily I don’t have comorbidities, I have been in good health for my whole life. I was a bit obsessed with this question, and very much concerned that something could go wrong during and/or after the surgery. Maybe I could have just tried more diet? After talking countless times with my boyfriend, I realized that there is no correct answer, but only different choices, each of them with potential good and bad sides.
I thought about all the times I got discouraged for losing little weight over big amount of time, and I realized that I wanted to give myself the chance to heal my relationship with food. I thought that the surgery can be like a “reset”, where I close the door on the past and open a new one made of new learnings, awareness and commitment to myself, in order to acquire good habits that can make me feel and look better. Because I know that surgery alone it’s not enough.
In early December I contacted again Bariatric Services and booked the surgery. The process was easy, fast and clear. Every time I needed any clarification, the nurse would get back to me in just few days. She also booked my blood and covid test and the consultation with the nutritionist Jaanika, who gave me very good advices on how to handle the first month after surgery.
The day of the surgery my BMI was 34,9. I went to Fertilitas hospital with my boyfriend, were the nurses warmly welcomed and guided us to the private room we booked.
The room was small and comfortable, with 2 single beds, storage space and bathroom. I met the nurses again couple times, the anesthesiologist and finally Dr. Kaur. He was super kind and calm, and since he confirmed that the surgical risk was low, he gave me the chance to choose which type of surgery to do: I went for Sleeve Gastrectomy. This was the first surgery of my life, and I was very scared, but I felt I was in great hands with Dr. Kaur and his team.
I woke up after surgery in a room with the nurses, and shortly after my boyfriend joined. I felt very “disconnected” from my body, I was weak as never before and confused, but I didn’t feel any bad pain. Shortly after, we went back to the private room, where nurses came to visit every few hours and reassured me that they would be available all night, should I need something. My boyfriend helped me to walk, it’s very important to try to move after surgery in order to promote blood circulation. I couldn’t sleep much that night, but had no major pain.
The morning after the surgery, Dr. Kaur came to visit me with a cappuccino, that I appreciated so much, and the smile on his face put me in a very good mood! I said goodbye to him and to the nurses and thanked them for the good care, especially to Egle, who showed a lot of empathy and care. Around noon I was dismissed, and the life with my new small stomach begun!
First 2 weeks were the hardest, because I could only eat pureed food in very small amounts and already after few days I felt like going crazy, ahah. The choice is limited, and when you try to do something new, you spend so much time and effort to end up eating 2-3 tablespoons of it. This was completely new to me, but that’s also what this surgery is about: it’s not the quantity, but the quality, and preparing the meals is an act of self-care. The support of my boyfriend was absolutely crucial to me. For 5 days the external wounds need to be cleaned and the plasters need to be replaced, plus injections are needed for 10 days. My boyfriend learnt from the nurses how to perform this (I hate needles and could never put one in my own belly!) and did it every day. I felt weak, my stomach was swollen, and I was very afraid to move too fast or do something that would damage the sutures of the stomach. He was like a guardian angel, helping me with movements and stand by my side every time I needed it, and last but not least, providing big emotional support.
When he removed the plasters for good, I couldn’t believe it: the scarring was very little. Dr Kaur is an artist! I was afraid that my belly would look weird, but no, I am sure the scars will disappear completely in some time. Also, dr. Kaur was available over the phone whenever I had a concern, replying immediately to my texts even during holidays, and this made me feel safe.
The following 2 weeks felt much better, because I could eat soft food. In limited quantity of course, but at least the variety was bigger. It’s very much trial and error here: the stomach is new, so it’s important to test the foods. Some of them gave me weird reactions and reflux, so I didn’t eat them again. But I am very glad because up to this point I can drink water, coffee and tea and I have no major problems with eating. I take small bites, chew thoroughly, eat slow, don’t drink 30 minutes before and after meals. I also walk every day for one hour at least.
I am still weak, probably due to the low caloric intake, so I don’t feel ready for gym yet. But like Dr. Kaur suggested, I need to take my time and listen to my body.
Despite this huge change, I cook for my boyfriend every day. He is the lucky one with the fast metabolism, who can eat literally everything and who loves the food I make. So yes, I touch and smell food, but never try even a small bite of what I cook for him. This felt like a torture at the beginning, but I got used to it and it’s like a test for me: not to be tempted by food like I used to, and accept that my body is different and I can’t eat and drink like other people.
Today is exactly 4 weeks after my surgery and I have lost 10.1 kg. I know it’s still early, but I hope things will keep on going good as they are doing right now. And I know that, whenever I will need, Bariatric Services team and the amazing dr. Kaur will be there to help and consult.
To those people who are thinking about obesity surgery, I would suggest to understand if they are willing to commit to permanent lifestyle changes and if they have the resources to do it. If the answer is yes, then you will not be disappointed with the care of Bariatric Services’ team and the great hands of the amazing dr. Kaur, a true bariatric artist!
I have took my time and checked Europe for the top mini gastric bypass. And this clinic has come up as the best surgeon I checked honest reviews and liked the response. When I got there I was booked into a lovely hotel, picked up the next morning and was admitted ,bloods and check up was very professional,giving a room and the staff couldn’t do enough,the surgeon came into me before the operation and explained everything.Read full story
Later that day I had the procedure which went without a hitch,the surgeon came in again and examined me and explained what he did. I had a good sleep and next morning had nursing staff take care of me,a dietitian showed me what to eat and drink,
Before I left the clinic the surgeon came for a one on one chat,so any worries or questions were answered by him
It’s 6 MTH since my operation. I lost 44kg, my cholesterol has dropped dramatically .l am playing golf,walking, swimming,wearing clothes I could only dream of, If you are thinking of getting it done,just do it .BEST decision I ever made .
Today, exactly one year ago I did the the best decision of my life👌😊 25.05.2021 mini-bypass, dr. Kaur big, big thanks and worship ❤ I can’t put into words how happy I am ❤
I had my gastric sleeve surgery in January 2020. That was the best decision I had made in a very long time. I had previously had the lap band and was not successful with that. I had all kinds of complications with that, something I will not write about here. But going to Tallinn, to Bariatric Services was the best.Read full story
The service they provided was excellent and everything was like they said it would be. I traveled alone from Iceland, not with a group, and was picked up at the airport and driven to a hotel. The next morning they picked me up and I had the surgery the same day. I stayed two nights in the clinic/hospital and then I went to a hotel for one night. I traveled home after that.
Everything has gone as they said it would be. I was 94,5 kg at the beginning, being 172 cm tall. 7 months later I was 73 kg and happy there and I have stayed at 73 kg since then. I have always taken my vitamins and my blood tests are always good. I just take vitamins that I buy from the local store, D, B12, Calcium and Magnesium. My first year I bought vitamins from Finland that the Bariatric Services recommended. I thought they were too expensive and it was too much trouble for me to buy it, I thought. I exercise a lot, almost every day. I go out for a walk with my dog, go hiking in the mountains, do yoga and strength training. It is very important to exercise to keep your muscles and burn calories. I usually fast from 9 pm until noon the next day. I make sure to eat enough protein and I always eat my protein first. I never drink with my meals, just about an hour after each meal. I have not had any drinks with carbon dioxide since my surgery – so it was goodbye to beer, champagne and all sodas 🙂 That is no problem. It is all worth it. I am a bit sensitive to spicy food that I used to love eating before surgery. But now I don’t eat spicy food often. When you are in good shape and are maintaining your weight then it is all worth it. I would never want to change it back. I can feel that I can eat a little more so I try to watch my dosage of food. I have twice done a pouch reset to shrink my stomach again. I get on the scale every day and if the scale is going up I make sure to watch my diet really well.
I was on Omniprazol for the first few months and then I stopped. After a year I was always experiencing heartburn and so I started using Omniprazol again and I still use it. It is totally worth it. It is not good for your stomach to have acid fluid come up every day, so for your health, use the medicine.
I hope this personal review can help. When I was deciding to have this surgery I read through all of the personal reviews on the web page and they helped me decide.
Good luck to all of you who are deciding to have this surgery. I totally recommend it but I want to remind everyone that it is an everyday thing to maintain your weight and watch what you eat and exercise. That will never stop 🙂 It is just so much more fun when you see such good results.
Best regards, Gudrun
My overall experience at Bariatric Services in Tallinn was truly a life changing one. I would like to shout about my transformation from the rooftops. I could not have done this weight loss on my own. I just wish I had done it ten years ago.Read full story
The staff and all the people working in Tallinn were so helpful and giving. The hospital is state of the art, clean and very welcoming. The whole experience is one where your hand is held from the minute you travel to Estonia until you are back home again and beyond.
Thank you so much everyone….from the bottom of my heart!
I liked everything about your service. It was no problem to travel alone. But it was sad that my friend didn’t take the chance to order ticket because we got the message that the hospital was under renovation. When I was only one night at the hospital and the rest at the hotel by my self. Time went very slow those days. But all in all i am very satisfied, and i am now 91.7 kg, so things are happening.
31-year-old Kirsty decided to seek help and go through weight loss surgery due to infertility problems arising from being overweight, her body mass index before surgery was 44.5 kg/m2.Read full story
A body mass index above 40 kg / m2 indicates obesity, which is a health hazard. The most well-known health problems caused by obesity are type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, post-myocardial infarction, PCOS and female infertility.
Kirsty opted for gastric sleeve surgery that took place in February 2020. In one year, she has lost 33 kg or 1/3 of her weight. Her initial weight was 100 kg and height 150 cm. Her body mass index has decreased from 44.4 to 30, which should significantly increase her chances of getting pregnant naturally, as well as the percentage of successful fertility treatment, should she need it. Before planning to become pregnant, it is advisable to wait until your body weight has stabilised, which usually happens between 12 and 18 months.
More about gastric sleeve surgery
Although the primary recommendation for people with body mass index over 40 is gastric bypass surgery, which allows for greater and more permanent weight loss in the case of a higher body mass index, the advantage of gastric sleeve surgery is the fact that food’s pathway through the gastrointestinal tract does not change and most of the necessary vitamins and minerals are absorbed from the daily diet even after the operation. Therefore, gastric sleeve surgery is a good choice for a young woman who is planning pregnancy in the future. There is certainly less anaemia and hypovitaminosis after gastric sleeve surgery (also during pregnancy), while long-term weight loss is somewhat less with gastric sleeve than with bypass surgery, especially with a higher body mass index (BMI over 40 kg / m2).
NB! However, vitamin replacement therapy is recommended after all bariatric surgeries.
During gastric sleeve surgery the volume of the stomach is reduced approximately 10 times (150 ml remains instead of 1500 ml). Food’s pathway in the gastrointestinal tract does not change. As a result of the operation, the amount of food consumed and the feeling of hunger are reduced, as the part of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone ghrelin has been removed.
If you have a certain plan to become pregnant after weight loss surgery, the choice of the type of surgery must be decided in cooperation with the surgeon. The choice depends on how much weight needs to be lost as well as on your comorbidities.
Pros and cons of gastric sleeve surgery compared to bypass surgeries.
Gastric sleeve surgery is suitable for patients:
I cannot thank DR. Kaur enough for his expertise in modifying two surgeries to give me a better overall result, for his caring, kindness and for spending at least, an extra hour on my surgery as the top of my stomach was SO badly scarred, torn and disintegrated by two previous gastric band surgeries, (the insertion surgery and then later, the removal surgery of my gastric band).Read full story
Only one thing concerning your excellent service happened during surgery, my RIGHT eye must have stayed open during my two hour surgery. When I came to in the Recovery Room, my cornea felt as if it had been a-braided.
Other than this, I cannot more highly praise Dr. Kaur and his excellent Team. From the lovely Julia, with her very kind smiling eyes, from behind her mask. Julia was absolutely on the mark by waiting for our taxi to arrive at the hospital entrance, she whisked us through blood tests up to settle me in my hospital room. Immediately, I was received by the very kind and wonderful male Nurse from India 🇮🇳, Bitchew (?) He went out of his way, post op in trying to bathe my terribly painful RIGHT eye that evening. As a great lover of India 🇮🇳, I had some really lovely conversations with him about our incredible journey to India two years ago! His voice is SO gentle and calming, especially when I was in such pain with my eye. Please, thank him again for me, if you would!
I am so appreciative of the enthusiasm and great care of the lovely Finish Bariatric Nurse, Teija! When I returned home, I took her great advise and made myself of graph of my first two weeks eating schedule and I have diligently kept to this! This lady is a happy he addition to the great and inspiring Dr.Kaur’s Team!
I was so delighted to see Dr. Kaur on his many visits to check on me during my hospital stay. He NEVER made me wait and always appeared when he said he would.
Also what was really terrific was the fact the moment I rang my hospital buzzer for the nurse, Yvegheny came running! I never had to wait more than five minutes for attention. This would NEVER happen in UK 🇬🇧 hospitals!!! You can wait for 45 minutes in U.K. for someone to come to your room. Sad, but very true!
My husband and I absolutely loved our experience in Estonia with Bariatric Services!
Thank you all so much, and I would recommend your clinic to anyone who is looking into doing this type of surgery.. definitely ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I enjoyed the whole process. We had very clear and prompt communication via emails. I loved how everything was organized including transfers and hotel bookings. All members of staff were really friendly and helpful. Dr. Kaur was very attentive, answered all my questions and had a smile all along even though I was the last patient to have surgery on that day. I was a bit nervous going abroad for a surgery with a doctor that I had not met in person before but the whole experience was fantastic and in hindsight I feel that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I would definitely recommend the services. Thank you!
It was very reassuring to have everything explained in great detail upon arrival from DR.ILMAR KAUR and his team. It was great that I had my husband stay with me in the hospital. The regular communication in the days following the procedure was most welcome.
I liked how friendly the team was and any queries that I had were answered swiftly and positively. I think the hands on care of Dr Kaur after surgery was excellent and a very good asset. I am very happy with my care.
My experience was very positive, I really liked that Merle picked us up at the airport.
And that if we had any questions we could always send a mail.
There was only one thing, that made the whole hospital experience a bit difficult, and that was communication with the hospital staff. But everything went well anyway.
All in all I had a great experience, you were all very nice and I felt in safe hands.
The best decision I have made for myself. I was not big enough to get this tire here at home About 97kg on the day of surgery, but I had a BMI of over 30, this was a lifestyle change for me, I wanted to avoid diseases due to obesity. I can eat pretty much anything I want, but everything is limited.Read full story
When I googled around and found Bariatric Services in Tallinn, I was both excited and eager to get the cover done. When I had decided, I was granted time after 3 weeks from those who approved me. Dr.Kaur and the team made the experience and stay as good as possible. I also got to take one with me in the room during the days I was in the hospital, it cost extra but definitely worth the money.
I was not afraid once that this would not go well, had full confidence in everyone involved in the hospital, the whole team was wonderful and social and nice to talk to. But it was definitely good to have someone with me who took extra care of me. I have lost 24 kg and am constantly losing weight. In short, great setup from start to finish. Actually sitting and thinking about how smoothly this went even during a pandemic year 2020. Good luck.
Original in Norwegian:
Den beste avgjørelsen jeg har tatt for meg selv. Jeg var ikke stor nok til å få dette dekket her hjemme Ca 97kg på operasjonsdagen, men jeg hadde en BMI på over 30, dette ble en livstilendring for meg, jeg ville unngå sykdommer som følge av overvekt. Jeg kan spise stort sett det jeg vil, men alt begrenser seg.
Da jeg googlet rundt og fant Bariatric Services i Tallinn, var jeg både spent og ivrig etter å få dekt gjort. Da jeg hadde bestemt meg, fikk jeg innvilget tid etter 3 uker fra de godkjente meg. Dr.Kaur og teamet gjorde opplevelsen og oppholdet så bra som mulig. Jeg fikk også ha med meg en på rom i de dagene jeg var på sykehuset, det kostet ekstra men absolutt verd pengene.
Jeg var ikke redd en eneste gang for at dette ikke skulle gå bra, hadde full tillit til alle involverte på sykehuset, hele teamet var fantastisk og sosiale og hyggelige og prate med. Men det var absolutt godt å ha med seg en som passet ekstra på meg. Jeg har tatt av 24 kg og går stadig ned. Kort fortalt, supert opplegg fra begynnelse til slutt. Sitter faktisk og tenker på hvor smidig dette gikk selv under en pandemiåret 2020. Lykke til.
I was 73 years old, 165 cm long and 94 kg. High bloodpressure, colesterol and bloodsugar. I was and am active, whent to gym three days a week, spent a lot of time outdoors. I had tried a lot of ways to lose weight with poor results. I was not able to get help with surgery in Sweden because of my age so I found Bariatric Services on the net. I didn’t want to go far, and I had been in Estonia before.Read full story
From the very first contact through mail till the operation was done everything was well organized and fellt safe. I did not have to wait long at all, a few weeks and I could come. I was met at the airport, driven to the clinic for medical tests and a good night sleep in a private room. Next morning I got a lot of information from doctor, nutrician, nurses about what was to expect.
After the operation I could get up go out for walks and rest in my room. I felt well taken care of because the staff came to me guite often and had time to talk to me and ansvere my question. After another night at the clinic they gave me a lot of written instruktion, the medicin I needed I could by at the farmacy at the clinic and I had telephonenumbers to call if I needed any help.
A taxi took me to the airport and I was at home a few hours later. Luckily I had no complications, no pains and no problems.
A year after I am 64.5 kilos and have no issiuses or problems after the operation. I can eat pretty much everything, but much less of it . I can not drink alcohol or wine, my whole body protest, so I have to celebrate my one year after surgery in bubbly water!
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