A weight Loss Specialist, also known as a bariatrician, is a physician specialized in the weight management and treatment of the patients struggling to maintain a healthy weight. Bariatric surgeons receive focused training for treating overweight or obese patients and ways to improve their health through healthy lifestyle changes. Bariatric physicians specialized in surgery are bariatric surgeons. It's important to note that visiting a bariatrician doesn’t automatically lead to surgery.
Most bariatric physicians create a comprehensive weight-management plan for their patients comprising diet, nutrition, exercise, behavioural therapy, and appropriate medication to achieve the desired results without the need to undergo any invasive surgery.
The weight loss specialist who performs weight loss surgeries is known as a bariatric surgeon. You can find more details on some of the common procedures performed by bariatric surgeons as you scroll down.
Some of the major procedures performed by a bariatric surgeon are:
Weight Loss Specialist(s) in Thailand
The most popular procedures performed by a weight loss surgeon in Thailand are as follows:
Roun-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery- Also called Gastric bypass, this is a weight-loss surgery where a small pouch is created from the stomach and then connecting it directly to the small intestine.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Surgery- This surgery involves creating a band on your upper stomach area to create a small pouch for holding food. This helps by limiting the amount of food intake by making you feel full after small amounts of food.
Biliopancreatic Diversion Surgery- Through this surgery, the normal process of digestion is changed by making the stomach feel smaller by bypassing part of the small intestine. This ensures fewer calorie intake.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery- A surgical procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size by surgically removing a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature, resulting in a sleeve or tube-like structure.
In recent times, a lot of medical tourists choose Thailand for their weight-loss surgery for the following reasons:
Thai doctors are highly skilled and experienced, so be rest assured you are in good hands.
Thai hospitals are equipped with the latest advancement in technology and science and rest assured that you will receive high-quality treatment.
The bariatric(weight-loss) surgery cost in Thailand is about 45%-75% lower than in the USA, EU countries, or the Middle-east.
Thai doctors develop a post-surgery, long-term weight-loss program for you to follow to effectively lose weight. This is done by considering the patient’s needs, status, and personal preferences.
The average consulting fees depend on the specialty of the doctor. However, an initial consultation of a weight-loss surgeon ranges from $250 to $400 without surgery and medication costs.
Thai doctors have years of medical experience with the latest technologies at their disposal. After your surgery, you are offered a weight-loss program that is tailor-made to suit your preferences. A multidisciplinary team of bariatric surgeons, dieticians, and rehab specialists who prepare your therapy plan. It comprises of healthy food, exercise, ample rest, and recovery time. Patients usually get better within two weeks.
The types of weight-loss surgeons in Thailand are as follows:
Gastroenterologist- They perform a full-scale endoscopy of the stomach and the GI tract before any kind of bariatric surgery to make sure there are no abnormalities inside, which might complicate the surgery.
Bariatric surgeons- These surgeons help in performing several procedures where the stomach is basically reshaped to ensure lower calorie intake. The type of procedure depends on your body condition and how much weight you are planning to lose.