A unique and personal approach to weight loss surgery abroad
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or Lap-Band $11,000 inclusive package
Important Information for patients from North America
This page is specifically for North American patients who are seeking Weight Loss Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Band), and want to find out how easy it can be to arrange. All you have to do is fill out the Medical Questionnaire on-line. We’ll look after you from that moment.
If there is one aspect of what we do that really sets us apart from other companies in this field, it is that we actually make a point of being with our patients when they are in the clinic and throughout their visit.
We really do understand that for many of you the idea of weight loss surgery can be daunting – it is the last resort, and the final step in a long journey of failed diets and disappointments for most patients. You may be worried and anxious at the thought of going outside the US for surgery. There’s no reason for you to be scared! We have lots of experience in bringing patients from the UK (and other English-speaking countries) to The Czech Republic for Bariatric Surgery, and we will be there to meet you on your arrival in the Czech Republic, so there’s no need to feel alone in an unfamiliar country. WE WILL BE THERE WITH YOU.
We will personally keep in contact with you throughout your visit to the Czech Republic, taking care of all the details for you so that you can concentrate on what’s important – making your visit for surgery a stress-free and very positive experience!
Standards of care and medical expertise in Dr Cierny’s Bariatric and Metabolic Centre, Breclav Hospital are among the very best available anywhere in the world, and we have absolute confidence that the treatment you will receive will be equal to the very best you can find at home in the US.
About Cosmetic Bliss and Dr Michal Cierny – who we are & what we do?
Cosmetic Bliss is a UK based company whose focus is arranging Obesity surgery and post-weight loss cosmetic surgery in the Czech Republic for English speaking patients. We really understand the needs and concerns of our patients, and we give a very personal and caring service to all those who choose to make their journey with us.
What sets us apart from others in this field and what our patients most value is that Deborah Darling and Michael Dermody, the two directors of the company, spend almost all their time in the Czech Republic with the patients giving one-on-one care and attention, help and reassurance. Deborah lived in the USA for 12 years, trained as a nurse in the States, and has 20 years nursing experience. She will accompany you to the hospital and will stay with you for all your pre-op tests and you will see a lot of her during your visit for surgery. Michael also has lived and worked in the US, has a background in business and psychotherapy, and will be personally responsible for arranging your visit and ensuring your comfort and well-being throughout. We also have a Czech nurse – Zuzana – who has travelled widely in the US, speaks fluent English and will visit you in your hotel after you are discharged from the hospital to monitor your progress and look after you until you fly home.
We are very proud and fortunate to have as our partner bariatric surgeon DR Michal Cierny PhD.
Dr Cierny is one of the leading Bariatric surgeons in the Czech Republic. He is a surgeon of international experience and reputation, and has performed a great many successful Sleeve and Band procedures. Please click here for his CV. He speaks fluent English, and has worked and lectured in the US and many other countries. Dr Cierny will personally perform your surgery when you come to the Czech Republic. His great expertise and experience in the field of Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, his concern for patient safety, and his supportive and caring attitude to his patients mean that you will be in the very best hands when you arrive.
Michael, Zuzana & Deborah (Cosmetic Bliss) and Dr Michal Cierny
Your Itinerary and Package – What is included
Price $11,000 for either Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (sleeve) or Adjustable Gastric Band (band)
You should allow for a minimum length of stay away from home of 10 days.
You will be responsible for the cost of your return flight to either Prague (Czech Republic) Bratislave (Slovakia) or Vienna (Austria). We will collect you from whichever of these three airports is most convenient for you. We will be happy to advise you of the most convenient and cost-effective route/timing.
Apart from this EVERYTHING ELSE IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE. There are absolutely NO “HIDDEN EXTRAS”.
Your payment of $11,000 includes:
- We will arrange to collect you by chauffer driven car from Prague, Bratislava or Vienna Airports, and return you to the airport at the end of your stay
- All internal transport (using our driver) in the Czech Republic
- One night’s Stay in the 4* Grand Hotel Brno pre-op, before you go to the hospital
- Four nights’ stay in the hospital
- All pre-op tests and consultation fees
- The Sleeve (or Band) operation, inc. all Materials (Johnson & Johnson staples and bands are used) medications, specialist treatment and fees, food and all hospital fees
- Post operative care, treatment and check-ups whilst at the clinic
- Three nights’ stay in the 4* Grand Hotel Brno after discharge from the hospital
- Nurse visits to the Hotel during your stay after discharge
- Medical insurance to pay for emergency treatment in the Czech Republic if required
- On-going support for 24 months post-op from Cosmetic Bliss by e-mail and telephone
Our UK patients fly home on the third day post-operatively, but we are aware that for patients from the US a longer stay (3 nights in Hotel) will be needed before making a tiring long-haul flight, and the cost of this has been included in the package. Heparin (to prevent DVT) will be administered prior to departure for home.
We appreciate that some patients will wish to come with a relative/partner. Please enquire as to the additional costs, and we will be happy to arrange this.
Will the surgery be successful?
Weight loss Surgery is the only statistically proven effective treatment for Morbid Obesity. We believe that the less invasive, more straightforward surgical treatments such as Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Banding can achieve results that can transform and prolong the lives of our patients. You can click here to read what some of our patients think, but as a picture is worth a thousand words here are two photographs of one of our patients. The first was taken before her surgery, and the second around 6 months post (sleeve) op.
Photo 1 Mrs C pre-op : Photo 2 Mrs C 6 months post-op
What to do next?
First, please read through the information on procedures (Sleeve and Band) on the website. Look out information from other sources too. We think it is vital that all patients are as fully informed as possible before deciding on surgery…DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!
Remember, in order to qualify for surgery you need to have a BMI of 40+ (or at least 35+ if you have other health conditions caused by, or made worse by Obesity – eg. Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome etc.)
Complete the on-line medical questionnaire as fully and as carefully as you can. Please upload a couple of photographs if possible – it helps Dr Cierny in his assessment.