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Bariatric Surgery in Pattaya

The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Surgery in Pattaya

Tried your best to lose weight and failed? If you are seriously overweight then you should consider bariatric surgery in Pattaya that will enable you to lose weight. Bariatric surgery is now a popular procedure for those who are obese and have, or are at risk of, diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and high cholesterol levels. In fact studies have shown that weight loss can actually reverse diabetes in many cases.

As there are now many options in bariatric surgery that are used for people who simply cannot lose weight any other way or lose weight and then regain it, it is worthwhile to consider for valid health reasons.

Why consider bariatric surgery in Pattaya?

In some cases bariatric surgery is covered by medical insurance. However, there are certain strict criteria you have to meet to get private insurance to fork out the money. At times, the co-pay may be high. In any of these scenarios, when you have to pay for bariatric surgery, you need to shop around for a good deal that is affordable.

This is where traveling abroad becomes a good option. Surgery is considerably less expensive here, and many people find the benefit of taking a holiday at the same time too good an opportunity to miss. Not only is it known for its beaches and nightlife, it also has rich cultural and historical traditions. There is much to see and do here whether you are looking at active water sports, relaxing golf or going to gardens and parks. There is a water park and temples dedicated to various religions, lots of shopping options and numerous cuisines on offer ranging from cheap hawker and street foods to fine dining options.

As far as the standard of medical care is concerned there are good quality facilities that meet international standards and you'll find surgeons who are well-trained, competent and with recognised professional memberships, such as the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders.

Why should you not book on your own?

Bariatric surgery is serious surgery and there are many procedures used, depending on your weight, your health, how much weight you need to lose and various other factors. You really need a skilled and experienced surgeon who can assess your condition, recommend the surgery and then carry it out. As surgery carries attendant risks, you should not take any chances by booking on your own and then be in pain or at risk of infection or worse.

When you book through Medical Departures we ensure your safety and minimize the risk factors. We carry out detailed investigations on the qualifications, training and experience of the doctors and check that they are duly accredited. We also make sure that the clinics and hospitals we list on our website maintain international standards and follow best practices, using the latest equipment and devices. This gives you an extra layer of protection.

How long does bariatric surgery take and what is the downtime associated with it?

There are different kinds of bariatric surgery procedures including:

Gastric band surgery – a band is used to divide your stomach into two parts. There is a small opening in the band for the food to pass into the intestine. This helps you feel full faster and allows you to lose weight. This surgery is reversible and the band can be adjusted at a later date in an outpatient procedure.
Gastric bypass – the stomach is divided into two via the Roux en y procedure. In this case the smaller pouch that is created is attached directly to the small intestine.
Sleeve gastrectomy – in this part of the stomach is removed, leaving the stomach much smaller.
Bilopancreatic diversion – this is a complex surgery that not only removes a large part of the stomach but also reroutes the bile duct and pancreatic duct and connects it to the lower part of the small intestine. This means that fat and carbohydrates are not absorbed.
Duodenal switch – this consists of a sleeve gastrectomy combined with cutting of the duodenum and connecting it to the small intestine. The bile duct and pancreatic duct are also connected to the small intestine.
Intragastric balloon – this is relatively minimally invasive surgery in which an intragastirc balloon filled with a liquid is inserted through the oesophagus into the stomach. As this occupies space in the stomach, you eat less and feel full faster. Usually the balloon is left in place for six months and then removed the same way. While this is an outpatient procedure, you will need to rest for three days afterwards.

Complex surgeries can entail a few nights in hospital. These surgeries are done under general anaesthesia and you need to be on intravenous fluids for a few days as the stomach heals.

What is the cost of bariatric surgery?

In Australia if you have to pay for the complete procedure on your own then you can pay in a range of AUD 6,000 to AUD 18,000 depending on the kind of bariatric surgery that is recommended for you. In Pattaya you pay a fraction of the amount.

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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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