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Gastric Band in Chiang Mai

The Ultimate Guide to Gastric Band in Chiang Mai

Get your gastric band in Chiang Mai and take control of all your weight loss issues. Whilst it can be quite costly to undergo this bariatric surgical procedure, the treatment is growing in popularity and Chiang Mai offers a cheaper alternative to achieve the same high-quality results that you would expect to receive back home.

Why have a gastric band in Chiang Mai?

For most patients, cost is the driving factor behind where they choose to undergo bariatric surgery. Being one of the more expensive cosmetic procedures, Chiang Mai offers the opportunity to save at least 50% on the cost of a treatment that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to undertake.

With the money that you save, you can enjoy a relaxing vacation in an exotic location whilst you recover from your surgery. Chiang Mai offers a more laid back and less commercial experience than Bangkok, with a multitude of historical and cultural sites that present a far more traditional outlook of Thailand. The city itself is surrounded by mountainous terrain and lush, green scenery that will put you at ease and aid in the recuperation process.

Don’t fall into the trap that, because you’re paying less for your surgery in Chiang Mai, you expect the service that you receive to be inferior to the treatment you would receive at home. On the contrary, you will find that the facilities available are modern and equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Medical tourism is a massive part of the Thai economy and there are no corners cut to ensure that international patients receive top quality results and a level of luxury that is not readily available domestically.

At Medical Departures, we believe that your choice of doctor or hospital is paramount to the success of your treatment. That is why we provide a list of recommended facilities on our website for you to browse through free of charge. We carry out site visits to ensure that equipment and facilities are up to scratch, and we also perform range of background checks to verify the validity of professional memberships and doctor qualifications. All of this information is available online, along with photographs and actual patient reviews. In short, you can expect to receive treatment that complies to international safety and hygiene standards, with doctors that have globally recognized qualifications and memberships with professional organizations such as the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity.

How long does a gastric band procedure take and what is involved?

The procedure can be performed in around an hour and most patients will be released from the clinic on the same day. The operation entails having a band stitched around the upper part of the stomach which has a balloon enclosed which sits just below the skin. The balloon can be inflated with a saline solution to achieve the desired tightness and, therefore, reduce stomach capacity so that you feel fuller whilst consuming less food. Your digestion will slow down, which means that your calorific intake will diminish ensuring that your weight loss will be maximized.

What is the recovery time for a gastric band?

You will usually be required to have a short stay in hospital after your procedure, but recovery time is generally pretty rapid due to the fact that you will not have any part of the stomach taken out and there is no re-routing of the intestines. The treatment is also significantly more pain-free than open bariatric surgery operations.

After the fitting of your gastric band you can only eat pureed food for around two to three weeks before gradually introducing soft foods into your diet. Once you start to eat solids again, your stomach will only have the capacity to hold around a tablespoon of food so you will feel full very quickly. Because of the reduction in your calorific intake, you may experience some side effects during the first 3-6 months after your surgery such as mood swings, dry skin, aches and pains or fatigue. However, these symptoms normally subside as your body adapts to your loss of weight.

What is the cost of a gastric band in Chiang Mai?

Obviously, prices will vary depending upon where you book your surgery but, as a general rule of thumb, you can expect to save around 50% on the cost of undergoing the same treatment back home. In Australia, you can reasonably expect to pay anywhere between AUD $10,000-$16,000, which is the equivalent of US $7,650-$12,200, CAD $10,050-$16,100, GBP £6,000-£9,600 or Euros 6,800-10,900.

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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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