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Bariatric Surgery In Israel

Obesity can cause many life-threatening diseases. Unfortunately, the number of obese people worldwide is enormous – and it is still growing. The Obesity Center at Sheba Medical Center combats this epidemic with effective and attentive treatment. We perform several bariatric surgery procedures, in tandem with personalized nutritional and psychological therapies to promote your long-term health. Following the procedure, we also offer the option of postoperative plastic surgery by highly qualified surgical specialists.

The United States and Israel have a strong, friendly relationship, and travel to Israel is simple for Americans. Additionally, the cost of bariatric surgery in Israel is much lower than in the United States, even without health insurance.

Bariatric Surgery in US

Types of Bariatric Surgery

Each type of bariatric surgery has its own pros and cons. Our experienced doctors will consult with you to determine the most suitable option.

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB)
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Sleeve Gastroplasty (sleeve resection)

Why Come from the United States to Israel for Bariatric Surgery?

Sheba offers US residents the opportunity to undergo innovative bariatric surgery at the largest hospital in the Middle East, ranked by Newsweek as one of the top 10 hospitals in the world for the past two years. Also, since 2013, Sheba has been fully accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the gold standard for safety in global health care.

With no compromises on quality, bariatric surgery in Israel comes at a much lower cost than in the US.

Many of Israel’s doctors underwent training in the US and are fluent in English. No need to break your teeth, you’ll be able to communicate clearly with your medical team. For the duration of your stay, you will also be assigned a personal medical coordinator who will provide round the clock support, assisting with transportation, accommodations, visas and all your needs.

Altogether, these benefits are why Israel has been recommended by organizations such as the AARP as a place of excellence for American medical tourists.


Benefits of Bariatric Surgery at Sheba Medical Center

Internationally Renowned:

For two years in a row, Sheba has been ranked in Newsweek’s top 10 hospitals worldwide, and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) granted Sheba a high ranking on their quality parameters

Minimally Invasive:

Over 97% of our bariatric surgeries are performed with laparoscopic techniques

All-Embracing Care:

We have a full staff of specialists to provide therapeutic treatment for all aspects of obesity, including a dietitian specializing in bariatric surgery and a psychologist

Low Complication Rate:

Our complication rate is lower than average, with less reported pain, infections, and other wound-related problems. Our mortality rate is much lower than the world average (in 2019, there were zero cases of postoperative mortality)

Highly Experienced:

We have performed thousands of bariatric procedures and handle approximately 500 cases per year at our Obesity Center; we also serve as a referral center for the most complex cases

Short Hospitalization:

Shorter than average hospital stays following bariatric surgery

Helpful & Efficient:

A personal coordinator from the Global patient services will provide assistance and reassurance – from your consultation through your follow-up care

Meet Our Doctors

Prof. David Goitein, MD

Head of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit

Prof. Goitein is a leading specialist and senior physician in the Surgical Oncology C Department at Sheba Medical Center. He has performed hundreds of advanced laparoscopic surgeries. He completed his medical education at the Hadassah Medical School of The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Dr. Goitein has published extensively and been awarded for his work.

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Dr. David Hazzan, MD

Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Unit

Dr. Hazzan specializes in general surgery, laparoscopic and robotic surgery for bariatric procedures to treat obesity. He is highly experienced in using the da Vinci robot for performing abdominal and groin surgery. Dr. Hazzan completed his bariatric fellowship training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

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Prof. Moshe Rubin, MD

Director of the Department of Ambulatory Surgery and the Advanced Laparoscopy Unit Vice Head of the Department of General Surgery C

Prof. Rubin specializes in laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries, and he was one of the pioneers in robotic surgery in Israel. He is an Associate Professor at the Sackler School of Medicine, as well as a renowned researcher in the field of metabolism, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. Prof. Rubin is also the Chairman for the Israeli Bariatric Surgery Association.

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Dr. Hila Hermon, MD

Dr. Hermon is a senior specialist in the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit. She studied at the Hadassah Medical School of The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She has a particular clinical interest in the psychological consequences of morbid obesity.

Comprehensive Care and Support

At Sheba Medical Center, we understand that surgery alone cannot always produce success when treating morbid obesity. That is why we take a holistic approach and consider all of your needs – including nutritional counseling, endocrine services for people with diabetes, and psychological support to help you change behavior patterns. Our attention to your overall well-being goes far towards your continued success.

Sheba Medical Center A Leader in Medicine and Biotechnological Innovation

Established in 1948, Sheba Medical Center is the Middle East's largest and leading medical center. For the fifth year in a row, Sheba has been ranked by Newsweek as one of the world’s best hospitals and smart hospitals, as well as a world leader in gastroenterology, neurology, and cardiology. Known for its excellence in patient-centric care, Sheba offers a wide range of medical divisions and specialties, with dedicated acute care, rehabilitation, gynecology and obstetrics, oncology, pediatrics, and cardiology hospitals and centers. Our highly qualified specialists are involved in innovative treatments and cutting-edge research programs, enabling us to offer patients personalized medical care and advanced life-saving technology to patients worldwide.

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Sheba Medical Center provides innovative, personalized medical care to patients from around the world. We are the largest, most comprehensive hospital in the Middle East and dedicated to providing advanced and compassionate medicine for everyone.

We welcome all cases, including the rarest and the most challenging. Our medical teams collaborate to provide the best possible health outcomes. From your initial inquiry through the long-term follow-up care, we are here for you.

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