Surgery at Bumrungrad?

Old Oct 11th, 2005, 12:42 PM
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Surgery at Bumrungrad?

Hi, I am an American women who has never traveled to Thailand, and I am seriously considering traveling to Bangkok to Bumrungrad Hospital for plastic and cosmetic surgery. Is there anyone out there who knows first hand what surgery travel to thailand is like? How much time one needs before scheduled surgery, recoop time at hospital, and where they went to totally relax and regroup at a beachfront resort. I also read that even Bumrungrad hospital recommends ending a surgery vacation near the beach...I could use some help chatting with someone who has had this same experience...can't wait to hear from you...
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Old Oct 11th, 2005, 06:00 PM
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Hi...As for your Bumrungrad Hospital question...I haven't had any medical procedures done there, but on my last vacation trip...Aug 2005...I finally found the time to go into the hospital to have a medical card issued. That way if I get sick in Bangkok and have to be sent to a hospital I'll have already been registered in their system. If you go on tripadvisor.com and go to the UPPER...LEFT-HAND box and type in Bangkok next to the city space...no need to fill in any other boxes...and click... then it will take you to a list of hotels. Scroll down until you find Emporium Suites and then click there and when the page pops up...click on the REVIEW section. There's a woman, from Greece, who recently...August... stayed at the Emporium Suites and writes about having plastic surgery done at Bumrungrad. I made a copy, of that post, for one of my best friends, just last week, who needs a medical-related cosmetic surgery and will possibly have it done at Bumrungrad. She's been to Bangkok before. As for the Emporium Suites, on this last trip, it was one of the serviced apartment buildings that I checked out since I'll be back on vacation there in December for three weeks. I liked it a lot and negotiated a very good deal with the sales manager for a 80 square-meter apartment with a nice kitchen. The place is beautiful and connected to the main shopping mall(Emporium Mall) where I shop anyway and there's a supermarket right there in the mall and also a Bangkok Bank right out the door of the lobby. And the skytrain is right there at the mall. It's VERY convenient. I've been to Bangkok many times and have always stayed in hotels up to this coming trip. If you should have the surgery done, there are other serviced apartments in town. Go on moveandstay.com to get a long list with photos and prices. That website can be a bit expensive, but you can use it, as I did, to select buildings of interest...then contact the building directly. Hope this has helped. Happy Travels!
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Old Oct 11th, 2005, 08:42 PM
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my wife is a medical professional and we toured bumg. hosp. last year and were very impressed...they are american certified and many of the docs trained in usa and europe....their eqpt is up to the moment new....
the prices are unbelievably reasonable and the care is fantastic...the rooms are as nice if not nicer than her harvard teaching hospital in boston...you get your own nurse to boot...the royal suite is only $300 per day for 3 or 4 rooms...

address your questions to their international department and you will get wonderful answers...
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Old Oct 12th, 2005, 01:44 AM
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My partner, Bruno, is having surgery on him bum at Bumrungrad. Hope it's successful.
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Old Oct 12th, 2005, 07:19 AM
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One of the people who travel with us to BKK is going to undergo cosmetic surgery in a matter of weeks. I hope things go well for him.
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Old Oct 12th, 2005, 07:57 AM
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You know, this post is timely, as I was thinking of having the Lasik eye surgery procedure done there. I have perused the hospital's website, and you really can't beat their prices for medical/dental procedures. If I can make it to BKK in Jan., I will at least go to the hospital and check it out, if not go ahead and have the surgery (on one eye). I also want to check out their dental section-I do know they have an excellent reputation for dental work.

Honestly, I can't believe I'd consider going to the other side of the world for such relatively mundane procedures, but I'm fixated on this hospital now-I'd like to see the type of treatment and post-surgical care that is offered to patients-I'm quite sure it's superior to what you get in this country (however that's an extremely low threshold). I also understand there is an excellent Italian restaurant on the premises as well.

But China-before I would plunge ahead and decide to have surgery there, I really think you need to just take a trip to BKK and Thailand first, to orient yourself and get acquainted with the country and its culture. I think it might be a bit too much culture shock to go there for the first time AND have a surgical procedure as well, without knowing anything at all about the country.
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Old Oct 12th, 2005, 10:44 AM
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China...don't worry about culture shock. It's Bangkok...not outer Mongolia or something. Since you're going for a medical procedure, I would be more concerned about getting the right doctor for the procedure and having a comfortable place to stay while you're recouperating. The man in the 60-Minutes interview went for a quintruple heart bipass surgery and had never been there before. He arrived, and a couple days later had the surgery and in a two-week period was back home in Louisiana. Happy Travels!
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Old Oct 12th, 2005, 07:53 PM
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guen is right on....
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Old Oct 12th, 2005, 09:37 PM
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It may not be Outer Mongolia, but it sure isn't anything like the west, either-so for all intents and purposes it could BE Outer Mongolia (and OM is not nearly as primitive as people think, so that's not really a very good comparison).

China- Bangkok is not an easy city to navigate even in the best of circumstances, and with people who know it well. Particularly if you are going alone, and haven't traveled in Asia before or haven't traveled much internationally, I would not advise you having surgery without paying a visit to BKK first, getting acclimated, going to the Hospital and getting acquainted with the doctors and the procedures there to see if this is really what you want to do-to get the lay of the land, so to speak. I think you'll be a lot less anxious and a lot more confident about what to expect if you do.
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 12:00 AM
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I'm an American businessman, working in Bangkok for the past 7 years. Bumrungrad has been my primary health care provider - both for routine outpatient clinic appointments as well as one surgery. Inexpensive AND efficient - totally foreign concepts to most Americans when it comes to medical care! They draw patients from all over Asia, not unlike the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (my home state). They'll give you all the information you need to know about duration, timing, and recovery - email to [email protected]. (No, I don't own stock, but I wish I did...)

Good luck!
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 01:25 AM
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I also don't own shares, but, it is brilliant. I think there are 2 reasons, not just that they have the expertise but when you 'mix' that expertise with a genuine caring nature it makes a superb cocktail.

A lot comes down to the simple smiles, the friendly happy attitude, it's difficult to feel 'ill'. When I told the denatl surgeon how I really hated having denatl treatment she said "Me too, paticularly the drilling, so don't worry, I understand how you feel'!! Wow, wish some dentist years back had said that, I put my mouth in her hands ( she liked that ), nice friendly nurse to assist, great!

But I always find that at the top hospitals here, nothing is a fuss or worry, service with a smile!
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 01:30 AM
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Just a point to remember and that is 'recovery time', depending on what you have done it might not be possible to 'fly' for a certain amount of time so do check that all out from the start and then set yourself up somewhere nice to relax afterwards.
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 01:40 AM
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Spygirl ( welcome back, where have you been ! )

Here is the link for their Eye laser Refraction Center:

http://www.bumrungrad.com/htm/eng/ma...c/eyelaser.asp

For their main homepage this link skips all the flashy pages and takes you to the main information:

http://www.bumrungrad.com/htm/eng/main.asp


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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 05:52 PM
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Spygirl...The outer Mongolia comment is only an expression. I don't know how foreign or not Outer Mongolia is. I'm just trying to point out that if a person is going to Bangkok for a medical procedure,not only for a vacation, then he/she basically needs to 1)find the right doctor 2) find a decent place to stay 3) taxi to and from the hospital 4) recover....and then either go home or hire a driver, if he/she would like, in order to see some of Bangkok...that is if taking the skytrain is too much for him/her mentally or physically. It doesn't seem that difficult of a situation to me. Happy Travels!
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 07:41 PM
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many procedures require you to stay out of the water and away from sun for some periods afterwards...just a warning....especially for cosmetic things...
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 07:47 PM
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bob:
troublemaker here....no more incantations please!!!
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fml j b..."fight to the death" ha, ha, ha
Aloha!
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 08:34 PM
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HI---i did not know this word so i looked it up...i guess i do not understand for what you are admonishing me??
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 09:09 PM
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bob:
ask gpanda for the defintion..I am sure he will come up with something
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Old Oct 13th, 2005, 11:24 PM
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Hi JamesA-thanks! I've been gone, in Europe and other places, but here I am-yet again, with Asia on my mind!

And thanks for the link-I like what I read! How about that choice of hospital rooms-very reasonable for the deluxe! (you don't need that for lasik I know-but you never know for future reference!)

I've not bought my ticket for BKK yet-still not sure I can go, but get this, even now, if I go to buy a rt ticket from LAX-BKK-the fare is only $818.00-this at the end of Dec., first two weeks of Jan.-all taxes included! Cannot beat that, eh?

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The rooms are very good, my local insurance allows me pretty much a suite in any hotel in Thailand and covers a deluxe room at Bumrungrad if I needed it, they are 'so' cheap, note Bumrungrad handles most medical insurance operators and most good hospitals throughout Thailand are fully organised on the medical insurance set ups, Blue Cross AIC widely accepted.
Bumrungrad also has excellent catering, I 'think' there is even a Starbucks on premises or certainly some similar quality coffee place, Italian restaurant I now hear.

Thailand hospitals also readily welcome 'companions/partners' and certainly for someone having surgery they happily accommodate companions/partners sdharing rooms, I would go so far as to say it is almost encouraged, no restricted visiting hours or such so this means you can have the company of companion/partner/friends which to me really helps when someone is either ill or things like surgery to have loved ones staying or in an out all the time.
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