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Bariatric Surgery in Chiang Mai

The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Surgery in Chiang Mai

You’ve tried everything to lose weight, but diet and exercise haven't worked. Bariatric Surgery in Chiang Mai may be right for you. Bariatric surgery is a procedure that reduces the size of your working stomach, so you feel fuller, faster. People who have undergone bariatric surgery can lose 60-80% of excess weight – and keep it off long term.

Am I a good candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

You may be a good candidate for Bariatric Surgery if:

You’ve tried other long-term methods to lose weight, and it hasn’t worked.
You’ve learned about how bariatric surgery could affect you
You are aware of the risks
You are ready to improve your health, and reduce the effects of obesity related conditions
You are committed to life-long medical follow-up, taking supplements, healthy eating and exercise to maintain your weight-loss.

Why Should I get my Bariatric Surgery in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern center for medical tourism. Medical care is top notch, and meets, or exceeds Western standards – but is much more affordable. Once you realize you can save 50-90% off of what you would normally pay at home – even including airfare and hotel, you’ll be able to fit in an amazing mini-vacation, too! Plan a pre-surgery adventures to visit the Karen hill tribes or visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Talk to your surgeon about how to plan your post surgical activities. You’ll be encouraged to walk after your surgery – and what better way to do that than haggling for deals in the famous Chiang Mai Night Market!

What is the cost of Bariatric Surgery in Chiang Mai?

Prices vary, but you can find savings of 50-90%. Take a look at this comparison:

The exact cost of bariatric surgery depends on the exact procedure you have done, but you’ll be looking in Chiang Mai at average prices of AUD $10,000 (US $8,000, CAD $10,000, £5,000 GBP, €8,000) compared to in Australia AUD $28,000, (US $20,000, CAD $24,000, £13,000 GBP, €18,000)

How can I be sure of the quality of Bariatric Surgery in Chiang Mai?

Research is vital – whether you have your surgery at home or in Chiang Mai. Not all doctors are equal. Education, experience, professional memberships, facilities, surgical results and reviews are some of the things you need to find out.

Finding a surgeon you can trust is important. Medical Departures does quality checks on surgeon education, professional memberships, experience and reviews. Our criminal and legal checks also help with peace of mind.

What happens during Bariatric Surgery?

There are a few different techniques of bariatric surgery. The “Gold Standard” currently is Gastric Bypass, or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB). Once you are sedated, your surgeon will make the needed laparoscopic incisions, to create a small stomach pouch, attached to the small intestine. Then the incisions are closed, and you are moved into recovery room.


Three other bariatric surgery are:

Adjustable Gastric Banding – Lap Band – uses a saline inflatable band to create a smaller stomach pouch.
Sleeve Gastrectomy which removes about 80% of your stomach, leaving a banana shaped portion of working stomach.
BilioPancreatic Diversion w/ Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) is similar to Sleeve Gastrectomy, but bypasses a large portion of small intestine.

Each of the above procedures have their own benefits and risks – talk with your doctor to decide which is right for you.

How long does bariatric surgery take to do?

Bariatric Surgery surgery takes around ninety minutes to perform.

What does the recovery process look like from bariatric surgery?

You will spend a few days in the hospital, so the medical staff can monitor your healing and nutrient intake. You may be on a liquid diet at first. Talk with your doctor about how your relationship with food will change – both immediately after surgery, and the rest of your life.

You can return to driving, and back to work, once your pain is managed, and you no longer are taking pain medicine.

Your energy levels may be reduced, so take it easy once you get home. It is still good to move around, walk, and the like, but rest when you need. While you will be asked not to lift 20lbs/9kgs or more for a month or two, you should be fine without extra help.

Once you heal, you will still have to follow a very specific kind of diet, and have regular follow-ups with your doctor for the rest of your life. These follow ups help make sure you are healthy, and getting all the nutrients your body requires.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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