Thought about getting a Sleeve Gastrectomy in Phuket? Get the low-down with Medical Departures.
A sleeve gastrectomy, also referred to as a gastric sleeve, is one of the bariatric surgery procedures for achieving weight loss. This isn’t the sort of procedure you would consider for losing a few pounds. This is a dramatic solution for people who are clinically obese, and who need to lose a lot of weight for health reasons.
To be considered as a candidate for a sleeve gastrectomy you will need to be in generally good health, have a BMI of over 30 and be prepared to make drastic changes in your lifestyle.
Going for any kind of bariatric procedure is not something that should be taken lightly. For some people it is desperate measures – an attempt to get back their life after being hampered through carrying around all that excess weight, notwithstanding the toll it takes on other parts of the body and the ill health that often goes with it. Diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems are common ailments that often go hand-in-hand with obesity.
Once you have decided enough-is-enough, the other obstacle to overcome is the cost. Bariatric surgery is rarely a cheap option, but you can save yourself a considerable amount by coming to Phuket for your procedure.
Coupled with exceptionally high-quality facilities and doctors with considerable expertise in the field makes coming to Phuket for a sleeve gastrectomy a viable option. Medical training is good in Thailand, and many doctors who treat international patients have often trained abroad in Western countries. They are likely to have dual medical registrations with both the Thai Boards and a Western one, as well as memberships of internationally-recognized professional organizations, like the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).
Thailand was the first country in Asia to receive a JCI accreditation. This is the gold standard in healthcare accreditation, awarded (generally to hospitals) for meeting high standards of patient care. There are number of these facilities throughout the country, with several in Phuket.
The renowned Thai hospitality and commitment to customer service is somewhat of a treat to Western patients – you will not be left to just find your way to the next hospital department, but escorted there and back. If you are staying overnight your room is more likely to resemble a boutique hotel rather than a hospital ward – and there is often room for your partner to stay too.
We know that getting surgery anywhere is frightening, but very often this is due the fear of the unknown. We always recommend patients to do their own research and find out as much as you can about your procedure, and certainly check out prospective clinics and surgeons.
This is why we do some rudimentary checks, just to make sure that everything is above board with all our clinic signups. We visit facilities personally and we confirm the qualifications of the medical staff, and professional memberships. We publish high definition clinic photos on our site, with real patient reviews, maps, prices and other information which you can use to find the right facility for you. Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way of being 100% certain that any surgery will go as planned, but at least starting off with providers who have verifiable credentials is a good start.
Most sleeve gastrectomies are typically carried out laparoscopically. This is also known as ‘keyhole surgery’ where small incisions are made across the abdomen and a narrow tube inserted, through which the instruments required to do the surgery are passed. This way of doing surgery is far less traumatic as large cuts across the abdomen are not made, which means less blood less, and a much quicker recovery time.
During the procedure the stomach will be divided by stapling a portion to create a narrow tube – it will be a quarter of the size of your existing stomach. The other portion of your stomach is removed and, simply, because the size has been reduced so much you won’t be able to eat as much food before feeling full – and this is how you will lose weight.
You will probably feel out-of-sorts initially – and because your digestive system will need time to recover you won’t be able to eat for a day or two. Food will be introduced gradually – starting with just liquids, progressing to pureed food and then back to solids.
Along with dietary advice you will be given an exercise program and you may be advised to take vitamin supplements. It will be around a month before you can start on your exercises. The new regime may take some getting used to – both mentally and physically – and you may feel lethargic and a little low for a month or two. However, this will pass, and once the weight stops dropping off you will soon notice an increase in your energy levels, and if you start exercising more you will lose more weight and feel even better.
A Sleeve gastrectomy in Phuket is an average price of around AUD $9,000 (US $7,000, CAD $8,500, £4,500 GBP, €6,000), compared to Australia around AUD $20,000 (US $15,500, CAD $19,000; £10,000 GBP, €14,000)
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